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10 Things You Can Do To Make The Most of Your Morning

10 Things You Can Do To Make The Most of Your Morning
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The morning should be a productive time, joyous and an important part of the day to make you become a better person. The morning is a vital part of the day. To make your mornings more inspiring and worthwhile, perhaps you have to consider some things you need to do to get the best out of it.

1.Start early

To get the best out of your mornings, it is best to start early. This means making the most of your previous evening and going to bed early. Resting well offers you more energy, productivity and clarity. You are also less stressed and less irritable.

2. Know and practice what triggers your most creative state

You cannot get the most out of your mornings if you really are not familiar with yourself. You have to know what makes your morning rituals easier to accomplish. This could mean what time you need to wake up and what position will set your creativity into motion.

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Do you need to set your alarm clock or turn it off? Or do you need to set your easel, I-pod or running clothes next to your bed, or is it simply listening to a particular song? Find what will get your day in a perfect mode.

3. Imagine the perfect morning

Many people may not know this, but imagining how perfect your morning will be like tends to excite your senses and offers you the intensity to reach your goals for the morning.

So have a clear picture of how you want your morning to be like. Will you spend it having a hearty meal, taking a jog, reading a book, engaging with other family members or having a period of solitude?

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4. Exercise

According to studies, people who engage in regular exercise are calmer, happier and better equipped to deal with the stress or anything the day throws at them. Integrating an exercise into your morning will boost your productivity and get you in the right mood for the day. It doesn’t have to be an intense physical activity, perhaps biking or taking a walk around your neighborhood or taking some yoga will be what you need to get your day going in the right direction.

5. Get through a plan

Have a morning schedule that is well mapped out to help you direct your energy positively. Have a detailed plan that has a time frame for getting your important morning tasks accomplished.

6. Prioritize

It is better not to crowd your morning with so many activities, but rather stock it with what is most important. This means prioritizing, and most times the arduous tasks may be what get your creativity going. Many successful people call this eating the frog first.

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7. Manage your energy and time

Most times it is not simply about managing your time but managing your energy as well. Track what you do with your time and energy in the mornings. Make sure you are getting a return for the use of your time and energy. If what is unnecessary seems to envelope you and leaves you fatigue before the day begins, try rescheduling it for a latter part of the day.

 8. Eat right

Make sure you have a decent meal in the morning. This could mean eating healthy and avoiding fatty meals that would quickly burn out and set you up for a fatigued day. So eat right; try eating a diet consisting of proteins, carbs and fiber. Eat enough and make sure your food sets you up for the perfect day.

9. Dress well

Dressing right keeps you in a positive state to meet your day. It adds to your self-esteem and builds your confidence along the way.

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10. Build a habit

Make sure what applies successfully for you should be repeated daily. It takes effort to build a habit and stay consistent with it. Yet the effort is worth it if you can keep up with it.

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Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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