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If You Can Succeed in Managing Your Morning, Then Nothing Can Stop You From Succeeding in Life

If You Can Succeed in Managing Your Morning, Then Nothing Can Stop You From Succeeding in Life

Are you a person who keeps finding ways to kill time or wishes for less than 24 hours in a day? Then I guess this article is not for you! If, however, you’re a person who wishes you had more than 24 hours a day or wished that you were a mutant who could survive without sleeping, then this article is the right fit for you.

Life for a busy being starts at night, as opposed to the common belief that a day begins at sunrise.

  1. To organize and manage time effectively throughout the day, you must be able to manage the first few hours in the morning efficiently. Here’s the catch: for a well-managed morning you, have to plan during your last couple of hours awake at night.
  2. Plan your breakfast and take care to ensure that you have all the ingredients ready to cook.
  3. Discuss the following day with your spouse/partner and share your duties: i.e. who is cooking breakfast, who is packing lunches, who is getting children ready for school or dropping the baby at the creche, etc. so that everyone starts their morning without any arguments or time-wasting.
  4. Set aside all the clothes and accessories required by every member of the family for the next day, so that everyone can just grab them and get going without freaking out about misplaced items.
  5. Schedule every activity, from teeth-brushing and bathing to getting your car out of the garage. A solid to-do list and effective prioritization is a surefire stairway to success.
  6. If either of you have to do any work-related tasks in the morning, make it a point to keep your partner informed about it so that the other one can plan accordingly.
  7. Set your alarm to make sure you don’t miss a minute of your day, just in case your body clock fails to wake you!
  8. The last and the most important thing to do at night is to tuck your children in bed on time, and give your spouse a goodnight kiss to make sure you all wake up on time, fresh and rejuvenated.

Good morning! Hopefully you slept better after that nighttime planning!

Now your day is bright and ready for the real action to happen.

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  1. The first thing to do in the morning is to turn off the alarm and not fall asleep again! Yes, it rings to wake you up and you have to do exactly that: waking up on time is the most important task of the day.
  2. Start with your routine, and aim to finish off your morning hygiene session in half an hour—including bathing. Make it a point not to read in loo unless you are using your smart phone or tablet to answer your email, and avoid that too if you have scheduled it for later in that to-do list you made the previous night.
  3. Monitor your time and stick to your planned task of either cooking the first meal of the day or getting your children ready. Scheduling is nothing but allotting every task a chunk of time, so try not to lag behind schedule as every lag would add up to a collective loss of time. Multitasking is good, but only if you can handle it effectively, and without stress.
  4. It’s your time baby, freshen up! Before getting dressed, wash your face and rinse off all traces of the morning’s stress. Good perfume will definitely revitalize your senses, so be sure to pick the right one. Dress up and feel good about yourself: love yourself and realize your worth.
  5. Relax and take about 10-15 minutes to finish your breakfast with a clear, unoccupied mind. This will go far in keeping you in a cheerful mood throughout the day.  Never skip breakfast or eat it standing on your toes or running around—when you can earn your bread, why not enjoy every bite of it?

Once you start your morning by managing time holistically, then there is nothing that can keep you from being happy and high-spirited throughout the day. You will be able to keep up with your plans, and remain productive all day long.

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Are you feeling as though this is like preparing for a battlefield? You can stop wondering—morning hours are no less than getting ready for the war called “the office” and facing a boss who is all set to fire bullets of annoying facial expressions straight at heart for arriving at the office late.

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Every human being deserves to feel good and calm, and both can be attained by never again fighting with yourself in the morning. By sticking to a schedule, you’ll finish your morning chores and reach the office on time, where you’ll get the chance to impress your boss each and every day.

Featured photo credit:  girl opens the curtains via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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