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Six Morning Routines that Will Make You Happier, Healthier and More Productive
Of all the different things you can try to improve your productivity, a morning routine is one of the most effective. There are a few reasons why morning routines are so useful. The first is obvious to anyone who has ever procrastinated, just getting started is often the hardest part.

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Morning routines

Of all the different things you can try to improve your productivity, a morning routine is one of the most effective:

  • It gets you started and sets the tone for the upcoming day;
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Sleep and productivity

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 da...

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Different goals, different routines

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 exer...

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Exercise and energy

Right when you wake up, before eating breakfast, checking your phone or the TV, go out and move:

  • it puts fitness in that all-important first slot of the day, especially if you're struggl...

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Meditation and Stillness

If you start your day with meditation, it’s important to do seated meditation and not do so lying down in your bed, or you’ll be likely to fall back asleep. This routine will help because:

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    Getting the work done

    The key to productivity is just doing the work. This routine underscores this by making getting some work done your first priority, so that your first break is the chance to eat breakfast, shower e...

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    Planning the day ahead

    Don’t just jot down some to-do items, but actually imagine working on them: What will be the complications, where will you have gaps in your schedule that need filling, what will you need to focus ...

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    Make your bed

    By putting your house in order, you put your mind in order as well: Making your bed, brushing your teeth, showering, shaving, doing makeup, pressing your clothes are all little tasks that can put y...

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    Why a Night Routine Matters

    A night routine is the things you do immediately prior to going to bed.

    Three benefits of having a decent night routine:

    • You’ll have a more restful and higher-quality sleep....

    Before You Head Home…

    • Get rid of caffeine after 4:00 pm. Caffeine stays in your system for up to six hours.
    • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and tired when you want to be awake.

    • Decide when the workday ends. Establish a cut off time for work-related emails and phone calls as well.

    Immediately After Work…

    • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol may make you drowsy, but the sleep you get won’t be restful. Stop consuming it at least two hours before bed.
    • Have a healthy dinner. 

      When you need a snack closer to bedtime, reach for something light and healthy.

    • Take time to tidy. Waking up in an orderly space will work wonders for your mood.

    • Prepare for tomorrow. 

      When you don’t have a million things to do upon waking, it’s easier to fall asleep.
    • Take time for yourself. Perhaps you watch an episode of your favorite show or play video games.

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    Avoid Randomness

    ... when you are ready to wind down your day. This includes not getting stuck in front of screens, social media or even doing a marathon of our favorite show.

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    Eliminate Negativity

    Negative emotions can lower your immunity. They affect every part of your body. Carrying them up to sleep will affect your health causing you to lack the necessary rest your body needs.

    Doing something that lights you up can help shift the mood. Force your mind to think of good thoughts. 

    Do One Thing You Love

    Your brain relaxes when you do something that is delightful. It puts you in a safe zone where you can enjoy yourself for the time being.

    Doing it just before going to bed is the best time because it helps to seal the positive energy that will condition your mind the next day.

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