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7 Ways to Have a Great Day--Every Day

https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/7-behaviors-that-make-you-happy.html

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7 Ways to Have a Great Day--Every Day
I've written before about workplace happiness in terms of general rules like "don't obsess about things." Good advice, certainly, but general rules sometimes aren't enough. For most people, getting into--and staying in--a better mood comes down to the actions they take, rather than the rules they follow.

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Have a Great Day Every Day

Have a Great Day Every Day
  1. Listen to or read something that inspires you
  2. Make your body stronger and more resilient. 
  3. Review and hone your plans for the future.  
  4. Do at least one thing that's worthwhile. Find something to do that makes a difference and improves the world.
  5. Help the less fortunate. Do it anonymously, if possible.
  6. Spend 20 seconds appreciating what you have. I
  7. Record at least one good memory about the day at it’s end.

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17 hours of unproductiveness weekly

People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive.

Tim Ferriss's tips for productivity

  1. Manage your moods: If you start the day calm it's easy to get the right things done and focus.
  2. Don't check email in the morning.
  3. Before you try to do it faster, ask whether it should be done at all.
  4. Focus is nothing more than eliminating distractions.
  5. Have a personal system; most productive people have a routine.
  6. Define your goals for the day the night before.

Figure out your morning flow

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Take regular breaks

Not looking away from the computer doesn’t translate into productivity. A good way to boost your motivation throughout the day is to take small exercise breaks.

You can do anything from stretches to treadmill runs, just to get your blood flowing and boost your brain function by moving your body. It also sets the tone for a more energetic afternoon.

Write it all down

Mapping your goals in a visual way is key, as seeing them makes them more real. You’re more likely to follow through on your ideas if you pen them.

Write down your top priorities and designate ways and blocks of time to tackle them. Also minimize distractions (i.e., social media notifications, alarms, news alerts, etc.) to get these things done.