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5 Simple Morning Rituals to Supercharge Your Day

5 Simple Morning Rituals to Supercharge Your Day

How would you like to increase your productivity, feel happier and be more confident every day?

The secret to supercharging your day is through the power of a morning ritual.

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How you spend those first few minutes upon waking is a critical factor that can determine the outcome of your entire day. If you wake up feeling stressed, overwhelmed, negative and tired, then you’re definitely not getting the day started off on the right foot. Unfortunately, this is how most people start their day. They focus on all the stuff they have “to do”, then feed their mind with negativity by reading the newspaper, and consuming their cup of coffee to get that caffeine boost to get them going. They are reactive, instead of proactive.

I’m going to share with you five simple morning rituals that can help you supercharge your day. By applying some–if not all–of these tips immediately upon waking, you’ll notice more energy, happiness and that you’ll be more productive throughout the day.

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1. Smile immediately upon waking

As simple as this sounds, smiling can make a significant impact on your mood. By forcing yourself to smile each morning, you’re sending signals to your brain to release chemicals that will make you feel happy. Smiling allows you to be grateful for the gift of today and will help you start off the day on a positive note.

2. Drink water

The next best thing that you can do to take care of your body is by keeping yourself hydrated. Your body is massively dehydrated while asleep and is desperate for water upon waking. Avoid drinking coffee or any other beverages besides water during the first hour of waking. By drinking water, your body will start to wake up and you’ll naturally feel more energized. You might not even require your coffee anymore!

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3. Get moving

By engaging your body in some physical way, you’ll immediately start to feel energized. Your emotions are linked to how you use your body, which is why it’s important to use it first thing in the morning to get yourself primed. Going for a walk first thing in the morning, doing some stretching, yoga, or physical exercise are all fantastic ways to wake your body up, feel more energized, and be more productive throughout the day.

4. Feed your mind

Most people enjoy reading the newspaper in the morning, which can be affecting your mood and happiness levels. Most of the news that you’ll read or see on TV is primarily negative, which affects your mood. Try reading something positive or uplifting each morning, instead of feeding your mind with negativity with the news. Reading a few pages of a good book, watching an inspiring YouTube video, or listening to an audiobook can help feed your mind with that boost of motivation and positivity that will carry you forward for the rest of your day. Even just meditating for a few minutes can help silence your mind and get rid of any negativity, stress, or worries that might flood your mind in the morning.

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5. Plan your day

Spending a few minutes to plan what you want to accomplish that day is one of the most powerful things that you can do to increase your productivity. Most people start the day without a plan, therefore are reacting to whatever comes up. Instead, proactively plan out what you want to accomplish that day and write it on paper. Just the act of writing it out will make your brain focus on it, which increases the chances of you achieving it. Setting goals or intentions for your day can also be a powerful way to set the expectations of what you want to achieve.

By applying just a few of these simple tips each morning, you can radically improve the outcome of your entire day. You’ll begin to feel happier, more productive, more energized, and ultimately get better results. People will notice that you seem different. You’ll feel less stressed and more relaxed. You’ll feel like you are in charge of your life, which will give you more confidence.

You are what you repeatedly do every day. Focus on cultivating these new habits into your life and watch how your life improves.

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How to Fight Information Overload

How to Fight Information Overload

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

What you need to do is focus on these 4 steps:

  1. Set your goals.
  2. Decide whether you really need the information.
  3. Consume only the minimal effective dose.
  4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming too much information.

But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

The Nature of the Problem

The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem. This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

When we see some half-baked blog post we don’t even consider reading it, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it. We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

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No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on. The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control. Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it. But first…

Why information overload is bad

It stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here. When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work, or enjoy your passion.

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So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with your goals.

1. Set your goals

If you don’t have your goals put in place you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

2. What to do when facing new information

Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans then skip it. You don’t need it.

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If it does then it’s time for another question. Will you be able to put this information into action immediately? Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks? Or is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away? If the information is not actionable in a day or two (!) then skip it. (You’ll forget about it anyway.)

And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant. Self-control comes handy too … it’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future then SKIP IT.

3. Minimal Effective Dose

There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour Body,Tim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs. Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life. Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming more information

Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

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Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

In Closing

As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance. I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over. I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

Feel free to shoot me a comment below and share your own story of fighting information overload. What are you doing to keep it from sabotaging your life?

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