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10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day

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10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day
"Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things." - Booker T. Washington Our lives are a large collection of single days one right after the other. The sun rises, the sun sets, and it rises again.

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Reset

Reset

Begin your days with a clear slate and a fresh start. Take 10 minutes each evening to clear the clutter and refresh your home for the next day. 

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Nurture Your Soul

Nurture Your Soul

Find time each day to feed your soul by embracing gratitude, laughter, hope, and faith.

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Rise Early

Rise Early

Early mornings are quiet, peaceful, productive, energizing.

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Eat Right

Eat Right

The food we put into our bodies becomes the fuel on which it runs. We are wise to make sure you eat right at every meal.

Include some protein in your breakfast, so your mind will be sharper and clearer.

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Exercise

Exercise

Studies indicate that those who exercise regularly report to be happier, calmer, and better equipped to handle whatever the day decides to throw at them. The study indicated that these benefits were experienced on a day-to-day basis, meaning you can experience them today by exercising just 20 minutes.

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Accomplish One Big Task

Accomplish One Big Task

To make the most of this day, choose one big thing on your list and do it first. If you finish, move on to the next.

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Do One Thing That You Love

Do One Thing That You Love

You have hobbies that you love and activities that breathe life into who you are. Do one thing that you love every day.

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Rest Effectively

Rest Effectively

Our bodies need to be refreshed on a daily basis and a weekly basis. Don’t neglect to schedule rest. And don’t feel guilty about it when you do.

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Be Present With Others

Be Present With Others
  • Put away distractions. 
  • Engage in conversation. 
  • Ask questions. 
  • Give time for answers.
  • Look people in the eye during conversations. Their eyes reveal far more than their words.

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Give To Someone Else

Give To Someone Else

The periods of greatest joy and fulfillment are found in the moments and motivations when we are choosing to give to others. Invest your life in someone else everyday.

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Small wins compound over time

They make big goals seem manageable and achievable. 

They also help you to move closer to where you want to be and a constant source of motivation.

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“Track your small wins to motivate big accomplishments.”

Pair big goals with small wins

Do this to ensure daily progress and motivation.

Because big goals can be demotivating: that burst of excitement at the beginning quickly wears off. Small wins keep your eyes on the process, not the result and help you see the progress you're making.

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Your body needs dark too

Your body needs dark too

While we are starting to pay attention to how important sleep is, the need for dark is still mostly ignored.

Being exposed to regular patterns of light and dark regulates our circadian ...

Our sleep and wake patterns

On its own, the circadian rhythm takes almost 24 hours. Our bodies rely on the Sun to reset this cycle and keep it at 24 hours, the length of our days. Light and the dark are important signals for the cycle.

During the night, body temperature drops, metabolism slows, and the hormone melatonin rises dramatically. When the Sun comes up in the morning, melatonin has already started falling, and you wake up.

Our bodies in the dark

During the dark, levels of the hormone leptin (hunger control), go up. This means we do not feel hungry while low levels make us hungry.

Ans research found that sleep disruption and turning on lights lowers leptin levels which makes people hungry in the middle of the night.

The Science of Sleep

The average adult spends 36 % (or about one-third) of his or her life asleep.

Purpose of Sleep:

  • Restoration
  • Memory Consolidation
  • Metabolic Health

Restoration

The first purpose of sleep is restoration.

Every day, your brain accumulates metabolic waste as it goes about its normal neural activities. Sleeping restores the brains healthy condition by removing these waste products. Accumulation of these waste products has been linked to many brain-related disorders.

Memory Consolidation

The second purpose of sleep is memory consolidation.

Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation, which is responsible for your long term memories. Insufficient or fragmented sleep can hamper your ability to remember facts and feelings/emotions.