January 10, 2013 by Diana M
1. Start your day with a bang
Get out of the bed at the first sound of your alarm (not the third snooze) and start getting your blood pumping with some morning exercise. Whether you prefer some stretching or some push-ups, between 10 and 20 minute of morning workout will make you feel like a million bucks. Then put on your favorite music, and dance yourself to your bathroom and to your kitchen for the most important meal of the day.
Here are some morning tunes that I like to listen to nowadays:
Dog days are over by Florence + The Machine ; Ho Hey by the Lumineers ; Home by Phillip Phillips ; Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys ; Feel again by OneRepublic ; For the first time by The Script ; Just give me a reason by Pink feat. Nate Ruess
2. Daily motivation
Pick a quote that’s going to serve as your personal motto for the whole day. Put it up in your room or take with you on a paper or pad at work. Let the words sink in and feel the inspiration in everything you do.
You can go here for some awesome motivational quotes.
3. Feel the energy
You’re not going to get much done if you’re not paying attention to your health throughout the day. Make it a habit to drink a lot of water while you’re at work, and organize your time so that you’re focusing on what you have to do for a set period of time (let’s say 50 min), followed a break for 5 or 10 minutes while you’re stretching or grabbing a healthy snack. It will help you focus on the goals you’ve set out for yourself and rest properly in between. You can use the Magic Work Cycle to help you set out time for when you’re going to take your breaks and when you want to do your work.
4. Laugh at something
Laughing is the best and the cheapest medicine. So whether it happens when you’re on your break or spontaneously, it’s important to laugh at something during your day. It relaxes you, reduces stress and makes you feel lighter; it also brightens up your whole day. You can watch an episode of your favorite sitcom, check out a funny video on youtube, read something on 9gag, or crack a joke with someone. Whatever it is, don’t forget to laugh today.
5. Plan your next day
Every evening you should plan ahead. Make your to-do list with everything that you want to achieve for the next day, and make sure your objectives and tasks are as S.M.A.R.T. as possible. It’s so much easier to tackle tomorrow when you know what you have to do and how to do it.
6. Plan your “Me” time
Doing things for yourself is really important even on a daily basis. Why? Because if you don’t have “Me” time then you tend to get lost and focus on all the things you have to do, but forget about the things you want to do. Also, it’s important to invest time and energy in yourself every day in order to reach the goals you’ve set out for yourself and to become the person you’ve always wanted to be. So take some time today to incorporate “Me” time in your schedule and stick to it.
7. Eat with delight
It takes only 5 more minutes to turn your meal into something worth a 5 star restaurant. Treat yourself to your good silverware, drink wine from the wine glass, add some spices and some decorating elements to your food and enjoy your delicious meal.
8. Take it one at a time
You have a lot of things to do for the day, and you know you have a lot of things to do. You’ve already done your to-do list last night, but now it’s time to take 5 minutes off to check it and see what’s left.
If it feels like a lot and you don’t know how you’re going to get things done in just one day, simply take a deep breath and think about how much time will go into every task. Then start prioritizing them and leave the unimportant and non-urgent tasks to deal with last. But be S.M.A.R.T. about your list and don’t procrastinate, because it will just add to the feeling of stress and nervousness.
9. Feel the inspiration
If at one moment you feel lost and uninspired, take some time to find that inspiration. Check your motto for the day, or you can go check your favorite blogs and websites for some cool ideas to help you get trough the small bumps; write down something that sticks with you and then go fix your bump.
Don’t be afraid to take a different road that what you set out to do last night, sometimes life throws you a little nudge in a different direction. Just follow your instincts, but remember what it’s really important for you at the end of the day.
10. Learn something new
Keep the brain working by trying to learn at least one new thing every day. Whether you want to learn a word a day, how to do a new DIY project, start a new book or learn how to ride a bike, investing in yourself by any means possible is extremely important.
Here is a really cool article by Marc and Angel about 50 things that everyone should know how to do that you should really check out. How many of them do you know how to do?
11. Be grateful for today
You got up, you did your thing, and you learned something new; might not have been something big, but add it all up and one day you’re going to look back with a smile on your face. Be grateful for what you did today because others were not that lucky to have a today. Express your gratitude by writing down what you feel like you learned or accomplished every day; it’s going to make for an awesome read by the end of the year, I’m sure.