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Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better But You Don’t Realize It

Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better But You Don’t Realize It

You know the drill: open eyes, get up, move yourself robotically to the bathroom, dress up, and get out. Admit it, this is your morning routine. No wonder you’re not functioning at full capacity. No wonder you’re having a really hard time pulling yourself together just enough to be able to smile to your colleagues. No wonder you complain that you can’t find anything that makes your day better.

Start feeling better about your day. Here’s a short list of 10 things that will improve your day within the first seconds:

1. Write A Short Note In Your Journal

The morning stillness, the quiet moments before dawn are often the most unique moments of the day. Doing some sort of journaling, or mind emptying, at that time can be magical. It creates a flow that, somehow, perpetuates itself along the hours, like a red string, keeping you aware and awake. It doesn’t have to be complex. Simply, empty your mind in your notebook for five minutes, as soon as you wake up. As simple as it may seem, It really makes your day better.

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2. Get Rid Of A Useless Object

There is no better moment to do that than in the morning. Clear your house, clear your closet, clear your mind. Throwing away a useless object creates a state of clarity and a subtle feeling of being lighter. Now, the object must be really useless, otherwise you will end up throwing away your entire house.

3. Meditate 10 Minutes

I cannot stress enough the benefits of meditation. Our mind, as useful as it is for understanding the universe, can also create a lot of trouble, if left unattended. Learning to tame the mind and make it a faithful servant is one of the most important habits you can create. Do this by meditating in the morning. It will set the entire day on a much crispier and more comfortable path.

4. Exercising Really Makes Your Day Better

Imagine your body is a huge battery holding up energy. Now, imagine how shaking up a battery will make it produce more energy. That’s what happens when you exercise. You create more energy and store it into your muscles. Not to mention that your brain also creates and delivers endorphins. This energy will benefit you throughout the day.

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5. Think At Someone You Love–Intently

Imagine your loved one waking up and starting the morning with a smile. Keep that thought for a while. The mere thought of that person will lighten up your soul. It may even draw that person to you.

6. Thank Someone For Something

Saying “thank you” is underrated. Now, you may have trouble finding a person to say thank you to just after you wake up. I know I did. In these cases, write a “thank you” letter. You don’t need to send it, only write the words and leave it there. If you’re appreciative first thing in the morning, you’re inviting more opportunities into your life.

7. Learn A New Word

If you’re learning a foreign language, that works great. Even if you’re not, learning a new word in your mother tongue daily can be fun and relaxing. You may find yourself repeating that word during the day, or somehow stumbling upon it in a magazine or in a casual conversation. You may also pick the word you want to learn with a night before which will “set up a theme” for the following day. It really works.

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8. Visualize 3 Moments From The Day To Come

This is a very powerful exercise. You must identify and define the moments you want to experience. This can be extremely beneficial. However, if you also try to visualize yourself actually doing what you decided to do, it will add magnitude to the whole thing. I often find myself in moments almost identical with what I visualized in the morning.

9. Take A Walk

Take a stroll in the quiet, fresh air of the morning. No pressure, no thoughts, no worries. Move around your neighborhood and be. A quiet morning walk can be cleansing. The personal space I create with that walk is very powerful. Don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself.

10. Have A Glass Of Natural Juice

Drink juice instead of your normal breakfast. This will bring more “freshness” to your morning routine and it will improve your health. Experiment for a while to find the type of juice that works best for you. Oranges and apples are a delicious mix. If you’re really adventurous, you may even replace your morning coffee with this glass of natural juice.

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11. Cuddle Your Pet Or Partner

There are some studies that states we need at least 8 hugs a day to properly function at the emotional level. Why not starting early and hug your spouse as the first thing you do in the morning? From that point on, your energies will be interweaved during the entire day.If you don’t have a spouse, cuddle your cat or your dog. If your pet is a fish, you may just want to gently talk to it and broadcast positive energy.

12. Take A Shower

The trick is to make the shower a cold one. You can also do a combination of hot and cold, which will make your blood run faster. Taking a shower first thing in the morning may be a standard ingredient in many western cultures, but actually using it as a tool to refresh your body, and not simply for cleansing it on the outside, may not. Of course, this step goes beautifully with number 4 or number 9 from the list above. A quick run before it will also do it.

13. Avoid Reading Or Watching The News

During the last half of the century, media has changed drastically. It’s no longer just about news updates. Nowadays, it create uncertainty, fear, and the desire to make you buy stuff, blindly. News is nothing more than a stimulator these day, in a continuous battle for rating. Simply avoid it. Your day will be far better off without this type of news.

14. Smile

They say smiling is the second best thing you can do with your lips, and I completely agree. Smiling in the morning will also open your day to more tranquility and potential. People smile as a way to show they’re open, they’re relaxed and they’re willing to start interact with you. So, look at yourself in the mirror and smile.

Now, you have at least 2 weeks of morning routine material in this article. Pick the ones you like most and start practicing. Or, even better, take the time to share your tips in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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