Important Work First Thing

Important Work First Thing

Research shows that 2.5 to 4 hours after waking is when your brain is sharpest. Early morning is also when you’re most disciplined.

Do the work of your choice early in the day.

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Here's The Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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The Morning Ritual
  • You need to wake up before the insanity starts. Before your goals for the day have competition.
  • The second part of your morning ritual is about mood. That feeling of control is what produces grit and makes people persist.

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Regroup When You Slow Down

When the afternoon brain fog hits, it's often just because of our natural circadian rhythm.

First, take a break. Get a snack or a power nap if you can. 

What you need next is a mini-version of your morning ritual. Review your goals and the progress you’ve made this morning. Nothing is more motivating than progress.

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The Afternoon Schedule

When energy is high, that’s when you want to focus on creative, challenging work. 

When energy is low, do busy work: some mindless tasks, that don't require much of your decision-making muscles and creativity.

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A Relaxing Evening

Take the evening off to recharge.

What does work? Seeing friends and active hobbies. What doesn’t? More passive activities like TV, video games and eating.

Past that, get to bed. You can't cheat yourself on sleep and not see negative effects.

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Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts

Listen to your thoughts — but don’t necessarily believe them.

They're suggestions, possibilities. But they’re not gospel. You can’t control what thoughts pop up, but you can decide what is helpful and choose not to give the unhelpful thoughts any more attention than they deserve.

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New Neuroscience Reveals 5 Rituals That Will Make You Happy - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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Most of the time we don’t second guess them, and even if we do, they often end up overwhelming us. 

Negative feelings are very powerful and harder to question: we identify with them effortlessly. “I feel it, so it must be true” is often our default setting.

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This Is How To Be Resilient: 4 Secrets To Grit When Life Gets Hard - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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Cherish your life

Everybody is aware, in a certain measure, of the different truths life provides us with. One of them, which is also the scariest, is related to the fact that eventually, we all die. 

However, instead of freaking out on the topic, it might be better to learn how to spend our time in a productive and enjoyable way, as if every day was the last that we get to spend with our beloved ones.

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4 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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