Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move forward sometimes. From having a full-time job, to working on your relationships with your loved ones, how are you actually meant to progress and improve in other areas your life?
The truth is, if you don’t purposefully carve out time every day to improve yourself, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly busy lives. Before you know it, you’ll lying on your deathbed wondering where all the days went.
As professor Harold Hill has said, “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”
How to rethink your life
In order to avoid getting stuck in a rut, we need to rethink our approach to life. We need to get back to the fundamentals and only focus on what’s important in our life. Sadly, many people are too focused on the trivial and nonessential. This leaves no time to build something meaningful.
In this current age, we actually have the choice and power to live on our own terms. One generation ago, it was social and cultural to live on other people’s terms. However, with the interconnectedness of the world and infinite knowledge at our fingertips, we can decide to live with intention and take responsibility for ourselves.
You get to decide. With this short morning routine, your life will quickly change. It’s only 7 points long, but if you follow it, it can transform your days so you can be more productive.
1) Get a healthy seven-plus hours sleep
Let’s face it – sleep is important. Without it, our brains don’t function as well as they could and it can be harmful to your health. While this article is about doing 7 things before 8 am, the truth is, there’s no much point in waking up at 5 am if you went to bed 3 hours earlier. Try to get an adequate of sleep to get your day off to a good start.
2) Meditation to facilitate clarity
What you focus on matters and when your brain is scattered, it doesn’t really know what to do. Meditation is an excellent practice to clear the mind and focus. That’s literally what the practice is about. Focusing on a particular point of object, like your breath, so you can quieten the mind.
After this, you’ll have a more clear idea of what you want to achieve that day, without feeling like your mind is muddled.
3) Hard physical activity
There is countless evidence that exercise is beneficial for not only your body, but your mind too. Yet, according to recent research, only one third of American men and women engage in regular physical activity. If you want to be healthy and happy, you need to get in a habit of exercising.
Whether it’s the gym or a brisk walk, get your body moving. Exercise has been found to decrease anxiety, stress and depression. Treat your body like a temple.
4) Consume 30 grams of protein
Tim Ferriss and professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois recommend consuming at 30 grams of protein for breakfast. Protein rich foods keep you full for longer than to other foods and eating protein first decreases your white carbohydrate cravings. These are the type of carbs that get you fat.
Tim makes four recommendations for getting adequate protein in the morning: 1. Eat at least 40 percent of your breakfast calories as protein. 2. Do it with two or three whole eggs (each egg has about 6 grams of protein). 3. If you don’t like eggs, use something like turkey bacon, organic pork bacon or sausage, or cottage cheese. 4. Or, you could always do a protein shake with water.
5) Take a cold shower
Tony Robbins jumps into a 57 degree Fahrenheit swimming pool. Why? Because cold water has been found to radically facilitate physical and mental wellness. When practiced regularly, it provides long-lasting changes to your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory, and digestive systems that improve the quality of your life.
6) Listen to or read uplifting content
If you want to be productive and successful in life, you need to be constantly learning. It is common for the world’s most successful people to read and read and read. If you take 15 to 30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information, over a long period of time, you would have read hundreds of books. You’ll see the world more wisely and differently.
7) Review your life vision
Write your goals – short and long term. Taking just a few minutes to read these goals every day puts your life into perspective and whether or not you’re on the right path. Each day will feel purpose driven. If you follow a simple pattern, you can accomplish all of your goals, no matter how big they are.
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