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Theme your week

Set aside different tasks for different days of the week. And even if you can’t set aside full days to deal with certain issues, block off certain hours of the day to handle them. 

This can give you the time you need to make headway in those particular areas, without putting your brain on overload.

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Routines and structure

Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be. 

You're depriving your body and mind of the energy and direction these activities would bring.

Brian Tracy
"Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with."
No e-mails in the morning

If you immediately check your email or social media accounts when you wake up in the morning, you’re starting your day off in reactive mode instead of proactive. It means spending the best part of the day on other people's priorities.

Writing as a self-improvement tool

Spending time writing every day helps you become a better communicator, improves your ability to recall important information, and it also enhances your creativity. 

Writing in a diary format will add the benefit of greater self-understanding

Taking breaks during the day

Taking regular breaks keeps you from getting bored and losing focus, increasing your brain’s function at the same time. It also forces you to reevaluate what you’re working on, ensuring that you’re going in the right direction.

The POMODORO technique

1. Choose a task (just one at a time)

2. Set a timer for 25 minutes

3. Work on the task until the timer rings then put a check mark in a tracker

4. Take a five minutes break

5. Repeat steps 1-4 three more times, followed by a 15 minutes break.

Break your day into chunks

Breaking your day into chunks helps you be the best you as too much time spent doing one thing can cause you to lose focus and interest. 

And if you’re working on something you don’t really want to do, it makes it easier because you only have to do it for a short while.

Eating “productive” foods

Your brain operates optimally when you consume a very specific amount of glucose (25 grams) in a form that is released slowly over time. Foods that fall into this category and have positive effects on you include fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, blueberries, raw carrots, and dark chocolate.

Scientific 7-Minute Workout:
  1. Jumping jacks;
  2. Wall sit;
  3. Push-up;
  4. Abdominal crunch;
  5. Step-up onto a chair;
  6. Squat;
  7. Triceps dip on a chair;
  8. Plank;
  9. High knees running in place;
  10. Lunge;
  11. Push-up and rotation;
  12. Side plank.
Get a good night’s sleep:
  • Limit your caffeine to early in the day
  • Choose late-day foods that bring on sleep, like bananas, oatmeal, and potatoes
  • Using earplugs or a white noise machine to cut out outside noise at night
  • Darken your room
  • Stay away from technology for a good hour before bedtime

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A few pointers to help you get clarity in life:

  • Create some space, carving out a few hours or a weekend when unclear about something.
  • Write daily, giving yourself an outlet, and a space to reflect.
  • Talk to others, sharing your thoughts and feelings.
  • Write down your experiences and insights.
  • Take action first, and get clarity. Reflect on your actions and get further clarity.

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Factors to consider when choosing a new habit to track:

  • Motivation: choose a habit you personally care about. If you pick a habit out of a sense of obligation, your motivation will fade.
  • Regularity: find a habit you can track daily. Each habit repetition enforces it as a behavior and strengthens the pathways in your brain related to it. 
  • Achievability: choose something achievable so you’ll feel that if you put the effort you can do it. 
Benjamin Franklin’s Routine

Getting up at 4:00 am is an exceptional routine to follow, as implemented by one of the founding fathers of the United States.

The early morning focus is unparalleled, and we can make or break the day by seizing the morning and intentionally focusing on what we want to accomplish for the day before it starts.

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