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Do your hard work in the morning

Do your hard work in the morning

  • The benefits here are mostly psychological. If you've gotten some important work done, your mood is more likely good and you'll feel productive.
  • The other reason for this approach is that deep work isn’t always sustainable for the full workday. Better to concentrate it into a specific period than randomly insert it across chunks of time.

Try this: Make the first four hours of your morning a quiet, deep work zone.

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Go to sleep early

Go to sleep early

  • Although it might not feel like it, seven to eight hours are pretty much mandatory to stay cognitively sharp in the long-run.
  • For some people the sleep deprivation may have mentally plateaued. Yet, experiments showed that sleep deprivation caused continuous declines in mental perform...

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Read better books

Read better books

  • The best books aren’t those that teach you facts, but those that subtly change your entire thinking patterns.
  • Audio books can be very useful for this, since you can listen to them and re-listen to them on the go every day. A good book for this is one that, when you listen to it, auto...

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Sell yourself on your goals

Sell yourself on your goals

  • You need to become the salesperson for your own goals. Not for other people, but for yourself.
  • Part of that starts with packaging—how you frame your goals and projects can have a huge effect on your motivation. Is this something you have to do? Or an exciting challenge?

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Twenty-Minute Naps

Twenty-Minute Naps

  • Napping may feel lazy, but there’s research showing it has a range of cognitive benefits. This is particularly true if you’re doing a lot of learning, since the short burst of sleep can help with memory.
  • A short nap can turn you back on for work in the afternoon, when you’d normally ...

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Set your intention the day before

Set your intention the day before

  • Set a very clear intention of how your day will go, particularly in the beginning, the night before. Visualizing your intention and writing it down into your schedule can make it happen more automatically when you wake up.

Try this: Before you go to bed, write down your p...

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Get better friends

Get better friends

  • You don’t need to exclude friends who are going through temporarily rough times, but you should consider who you spend your time with when there are people who consistently create one-sided emotional exchanges as the basis for your relationships. Everyone needs a shoulder to cry on sometimes...

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Align your life

Align your life

  • A lot of energy is wasted because the different parts of our lives, both internal and external, are in conflict with each other
  • See how you could resolve them. Sometimes that can be done by making a quick change. Sometimes, it requires a long-term plan to escape the toxic environment...

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Excercise every day

Excercise every day

  • Make a habit of doing some pushups or burpees every day. These will get your heart pumping and blood moving, and they don’t require setting aside a lot of time from your already busy schedule.
  • You can add gym or fitness classes on top of this foundational habit, but this

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Get your most important work done in the morning

Energy levels depend a lot on your mood. If you’ve got some important work done, your mood is usually good and you feel productive.

If you’ve wasted time on emails, meetings or calls, you’re often frustrated and exhausted entering the second half of the day.

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