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TAKE BACK YOUR MORNINGS
Maximizing your mornings can your productivity. Morning people get more
done, and some studies even show they' re friendlier and more conscientious.
Reclaim your mornings with these simple tips to add precious hours to your week.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
DO: Plan Ahead Q DO: Rethink Your
Have a calming ritual that gets '. Up Time
you ready for the next day. Cryptogram ". Think 6 a. m. or earlier.
the coffee maker, set out your clothes, i That' s what top execs at firms
and prep your lunch, i such as Twitter, Disney, and
Q DONT: Be Wired
Turn off all electronic
i devices 90 minutes before
i bedtime. (Yes, all electronic
devices). Light from screens,
i big and small, can promote
E] I wakefulness.
DON' T STRESS OUT DON’ T
Stress puts your brain in crisis mode,
making rational thinking difficult and PRESS
sending you into a negative spiral. S Illa NE
9 DO: Set a Routine you' ll
Start each day the same to sleep turttle, feeling groggy
cue your brain to move toward longer, It "light take hours
each next goal. to function optimally.
9 DO: Get Moving qt DON' T; Email
Whether it' s an workout or a . This black hole can steer your
quick stretch, get your blood morning , so stay offline
alowing. Studies show you' ll I as long as you can No one emails
feel more alert and motivated. about real emergencies anyway.
9 DO: Use Your First i. DO: Work on That
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can fully focus with no distractions, '. day and help you
better at work.
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How can I add Statistics show you' ll feel less calm and
2, titer? / ; n less healthy: Furthermore, sleep that night
will come less easily.
am I grateful for today?
l) DONT: Watch Television .... 6 DON' T; Ignore Family
Television and talk radio distracts and . Gather around the
stretches out the morning ritual, I breakfast table for quality
I time that becomes more
difficult to find after 5 pm.
Put on the Radio
Music will keep your
mind focused on the
tasks at hand.
DONT: Answer the (9 DO: Something Important
I Phone or Online Chat 1 Remember: First things, first. Start
i Even short cans can derail i your day with a milestone that keeps
i the rest of your day, so i you motivated.
check caller l. D, before
I '. Train yourself
to work without
i distractions for
I longer durations
i of time.
o DO: Manage Your Energy DONT: Do Busy Work
Block tasks for certain times of day. . Mindless tasks might seem
Keep mornings open for tasks that I tempting, but they only delay
need your creative energy. i your most essential list items.
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