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The Ultimate Daily Schedule

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The Ultimate Daily Schedule
Aristotle is credited with saying these 15 famous words. And for most of my life...I didn't believe him. I fought against cultivating good habits and routines because I didn't want to feel like I had to live my life by other people's rules. I wanted to be my own person and do my own thing.

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Routines and structure

Routines and structure

Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be. 

You're depriving your body and mind of the energy and direction these activities would bring.

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Brian Tracy

"Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with."

Brian Tracy

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No e-mails in the morning

No e-mails in the morning

If you immediately check your email or social media accounts when you wake up in the morning, you’re starting your day off in reactive mode instead of proactive. It means spending the best part of the day on other people's priorities.

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Writing as a self-improvement tool

Writing as a self-improvement tool

Spending time writing every day helps you become a better communicator, improves your ability to recall important information, and it also enhances your creativity. 

Writing in a diary format will add the benefit of greater self-understanding

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Taking breaks during the day

Taking breaks during the day

Taking regular breaks keeps you from getting bored and losing focus, increasing your brain’s function at the same time. It also forces you to reevaluate what you’re working on, ensuring that you’re going in the right direction.

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The POMODORO technique

The POMODORO technique

1. Choose a task (just one at a time)

2. Set a timer for 25 minutes

3. Work on the task until the timer rings then put a check mark in a tracker

4. Take a five minutes break

5. Repeat steps 1-4 three more times, followed by a 15 minutes break.

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Break your day into chunks

Break your day into chunks

Breaking your day into chunks helps you be the best you as too much time spent doing one thing can cause you to lose focus and interest. 

And if you’re working on something you don’t really want to do, it makes it easier because you only have to do it for a short while.

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Eating “productive” foods

Eating “productive” foods

Your brain operates optimally when you consume a very specific amount of glucose (25 grams) in a form that is released slowly over time. Foods that fall into this category and have positive effects on you include fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, blueberries, raw carrots, and dark chocolate.

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Theme your week

Theme your week

Set aside different tasks for different days of the week. And even if you can’t set aside full days to deal with certain issues, block off certain hours of the day to handle them. 

This can give you the time you need to make headway in those particular areas, without putting your brain on overload.

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Scientific 7-Minute Workout:

Scientific 7-Minute Workout:
  1. Jumping jacks;
  2. Wall sit;
  3. Push-up;
  4. Abdominal crunch;
  5. Step-up onto a chair;
  6. Squat;
  7. Triceps dip on a chair;
  8. Plank;
  9. High knees running in place;
  10. Lunge;
  11. Push-up and rotation;
  12. Side plank.

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Get a good night’s sleep:

Get a good night’s sleep:
  • Limit your caffeine to early in the day
  • Choose late-day foods that bring on sleep, like bananas, oatmeal, and potatoes
  • Using earplugs or a white noise machine to cut out outside noise at night
  • Darken your room
  • Stay away from technology for a good hour before bedtime

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Rituals

Rituals are repeated behaviors (like routines). However, they’re deeply personal and are imbued with deeper meaning beyond just a sequence of actions. They mark a change, a switch in task or moment of importance.  And it’s those symbolic actions performed at key moments that help us move through the day smoothly.

Routines

A routine is a series of regularly followed actions. There are few things that impact your daily productivity, career trajectory, and overall well-being as much as your routines. What’s important isn’t the exact nature of your routine, but that you have one and stick to it.

Habit tracking

Is a simple and effective thing to do if you want to stick with a habit for good. No matter the format (calendar, journal, app), it provides immediate evidence whether you are making progress or...

The power of habit tracking:

  1. It creates a visual cue that can remind you to act.
  2. It is motivating to see the progress you are making. You don't want to break your streak.
  3. It feels satisfying to record your success in the moment.

To make habit tracking easier:

  1. Manual tracking should be limited to your most important habits
  2. Record each measurement immediately after the habit occurs

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