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Jot down tomorrow’s top 3

Jot down tomorrow’s top 3

Worry is often your mind’s way of making sure you don’t forget important things. If you want to stop worrying, prove to your mind that you can be trusted to manage your own to-dos.

Tomorrow’s top 3 is a little habit for staying focused on and taking care of the most important things—and as a result, drastically cutting down on the amount of worry-as-memory-aid your mind needs to perform:

  • At the end of your workday, set aside 5 minutes after you’ve finished up work but before you leave.
  • Take out an index card or sticky note and put it front and center on your desk, workspace, or wherever you begin your workday.
  • Write down the three most important things you’d like to get done the following day.


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Do an evening review

An evening review means you take a few minutes to pause and reflect on your day. This can take whatever form you like—journaling, meditation, prayer, etc.

Reviewing your day gives your perspective on your day. And when we have perspective on our days, we have perspective on our lives.


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Stop snoozing

Stop snoozing

Snoozing is breaking a promise with yourself. When you set that alarm for 6:00 AM, you were committing to getting up then. By snoozing, you broke the commitment, which means your self-esteem is going to take a hit. Not a great way to start your day off.

On the other hand, w...


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Text someone you love for no reason

We tend to feel better when we get outside our own heads and do something for others. But being kind and generous to other people doesn’t have to be a monumental act of charity and self-sacrifice. It can be quite small and still meaningful.

Try this:

  • Make a list of 5-10 peopl...


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Do a quiet commute

One of the best ways to avoid having work stress spill over into your evenings at home is to create more of a transition between work and home.

In order to transition into a more restful evening mode, it can be helpful to have a period of time in between when you give your ...


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Cut the news and read a story

Cut the news and read a story

If you want to be overwhelmed with tragedy, anger, and despair over the state of the world, by all means, keep watching the news in the evening. Or you could read something uplifting instead.


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Get a (very) quick morning workout in

Exercising first thing in the morning improves your mood by boosting self-esteem and confidence. And even a small amount of exercise can give you a healthy mood boost.

Try to commit to one of the following tiny morning exercises every day for a couple of weeks:


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Take a mindful music break

Take a mindful music break

Single-tasking is the ultimate form of relaxation.

If you want to feel genuinely relaxed and calm, give your mind a break and do just one thing, like listening to good music.


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Ask your barista how their day is going

Ask your barista how their day is going

We are social to our core. You can leverage this fact of biology to improve your mood by taking a little time to make a small positive connection with another human being throughout your day.

So, the next time you’re in line at Starbucks waiting for your coffee, put down your phone and look...


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Do a walking lunch

Our work environment is full of cues for stress: a reminder about that uncomfortable email you have to send to your direct report, walking by your boss’s office, or even just hearing your phone ring for the twelfth time in an hour. All these little cues add up and can take a toll on your mood...


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Simple tips that you can do any time to help reduce stress and put yourself in a happy mood.

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A steady routine can give your brain the signal that you need to shift to a working mode: for example, every morning when you enter your workspace, flip on the desk lamp or Bluetooth switch, then pull out your chair and sit down with intentional posture.

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