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10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day

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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10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day

10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day

https://www.becomingminimalist.com/10-simple-steps-to-make-the-most-of-every-day/

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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. 

Nurture Your Soul

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

Rise Early

Early mornings are quiet, peaceful, productive, energizing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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The new law of productivity

High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus)

Deep work vs. Shallow work
  • Deep work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. Creates value.
  • Shallow work: Noncognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. Doesn't create value.
4 philosophies to integrate Deep Work into your life
  • Monastic: maximize Deep Work by minimizing or removing shallow obligations. Isolate yourself for long periods of time without distractions; no shallow work allowed
  • Bimodal: divide your time into some clearly defined stretches to deep pursuits and leave the rest open to everything else. Reserve a few consecutive days when you will be working like a monastic. You need at least one day a week
  • Rhythmic: involves creating a routine where you define a specific time period — ideally three to four hours every day — that you can devote to Deep Work
  • Journalistic: alternate your day between deep and shallow work as it fits your blocks of time. Not recommended to try out first.

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The reward system

The reward system in our brain exists to ensure we seek out what we need. If eating nutritious food or being smiled at pleases us, we try to secure more of these stimuli. However, seeking pleasure ...

Desire and pleasure

In 1986, a discovery was made that dopamine did not produce pleasure, but in fact, desire. While dopamine makes us want, pleasure comes from opioids and endocannabinoids ( a kind of marijuana produced in the brain), which paints pleasure on good experiences.

Potential clinical application

We cannot explain away our minds by brain mechanisms. Brain mechanisms are part of our minds.

Understanding that desire and dread, for instance, share the same brain operations, could help ease schizophrenia symptoms by restricting a particular dopamine neuron that produces fear.

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Tradeoffs
Every decision we take, has a tradeoff, an opportunity cost. Instinctively we try the all-out approach, resulting in failure.
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Striving for Everything

A tradeoff is inevitable in almost every decision we take, as we usually forego some opportunity or benefit in our choices.

Many people strive for everything and believe there are no tradeoffs.

Focussing on less can get you something but focusing on everything may get you nothing.

Having "Everything"

We seem to think that the people around us have everything in life.

Tradeoffs in others take time to become apparent. Everyone lets go of something, making a sacrifice, to be able to focus, investing time and energy in what is important to them.

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