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For best results, schedule your day around your energy. Observe your energy patterns, and work on high-value tasks when you are most active.
“Autopilot is a growing problem. It has gone from being an evolutionary protection mechanism that stopped our brains overloading, to our default mode of operating whereby we sleep-walk into our choices. It has seeped into more and more areas of our lives and relationships making us feel out of control."
Dr Mark Williamson
A pause creates space to start paying attention and ask yourself a few questions to access your results: Are you focused or distracted? Why?
It’s an opportunity to analyze every task or action, and identify items you can move around, delegate or even stop working on right away if they're not helping you get closer to your goals.
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When it comes to productivity, getting enough sleep is essential. Any morning routine you develop needs to accommodate your sleeping rhythms.
And research indicates that 7-8 hours per day is a nearly universal requirement.
There isn’t one perfect routine that will make you rich and happy overnight. Instead, there’s different routines for different purposes: if you're focusing on health and fitness, starting with exercise or eating a healthy breakfast might go first. If you're working like crazy, getting straight to work on your most important tasks may be better than cluttering up my morning with different tasks.