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15 Minute Fix: Morning productivity

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.  ~Richard Whately

So why not maximize your morning from the beginning?

Start with a crummy morning, you’ll have a dreadful day. Brew a few dreadful days together and you’re messing with a recipe for a shitty life.

Screw that.

With simple steps and daily practice you can make mornings productive and even enjoyable.

 

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What’s the recipe for a crummy, shit-tastic morning?

It starts with the piercing noise spewing from your alarm clock.

Slowly rolling over, you blindly throw your hand at the snooze button, only to miss and smash your numb hand on the nightstand.

Fantastic.

Clenching the covers in your aching fists, you roll back over and attempt 15 minutes of shut-eye.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.

Great.

Stumbling your way to the kitchen you struggle to find your balance, and shock your eye-balls with bright light.

You make a shitty pot of coffee and slop down a shitty bowl of sugary multi-colored cereal (heart healthy by the way). Glancing up from your bitter coffee and sugar-bomb cereal you squint at the florescent-lighted microwave clock. “Shit”, you rush to your closet throwing on clothes that fit the “casual” criteria, and sprint out the door.

Time for day of doing un-rewarding things you don’t want to do. Awesome.

 

“But Eric, I don’t have time for anything in the morning.”

I hear you, but that’s bullshit.

Take 15 minutes in the morning (yes, you have 15 minutes) you can prime your muscles and mind, build a healthy muscle building breakfast, and set the table for an awesome day.

The First Few Minutes

-Get up right away, even if you wake up before your alarm. Your sleep cycle has ended and smacking the “snooze” will prolong your sleepiness. Pick a relaxing alarm, such as rain or crashing waves.

– Drink a large glass of cold water. You just spent 6-8 hours (hopefully) sleeping. 6-8 hours without fluids leaves you groggy and dried out like a raisin. Slugging down a large class of water re-hydrates your body, jacks up your metabolism, and gets your body rejuvenated for the day ahead.

– Turn the lights on immediately. Light turns off melatonin production, helping you wake faster. Start your coffee, tea, or warm beverage of choice.

Wake up your Body

-While your beverage is brewing use this time to get the blood flowing with a short workout.

Try This

1a. Push-Up x12 reps

1b. Plank x30 seconds

1c. Push-Up x10 Reps

1d. Body Weight Squat x12

1e.Bodyweight Reverse Lunge x6/leg

Feed The Machine

While sipping your coffee, whip together a healthy, muscle building super-shake.

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Eat This

-In a blender mix the following

-1 scoop vanilla protein

-1 cup blueberries

-1 cup cottage cheese

-1 cup spinach

Optional: Water or a few ice cubes.

Enjoy your coffee. Then, get dressed, grab your supershake, and head out the door.

 What To Avoid

–      Avoid your email/social media. Waking up right away to check your email, creep on Facebook, or tweet #’s wastes time.

 

Ready to Maximize your morning?

We all have the same amount of time, how enjoyable that time is remains up to you. Take control of it and maximize your morning productivity. Setting your morning off right takes a little bit of knowledge and willpower. Will you take advantage?

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. -Marcus Aurelius

 

 

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Time Management From The Inside Out

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Calgary-based Entrepreneur,  Myke Macapinlac.  Myke is a phenomenal writer and dude, providing insightful, forward thinking information to become your best you. 

 He’s figured out the importance of fitness, intelligence, creativity, and just how they all fit together to make you a more confident and productive you.    

Myke and I are putting some projects together to create the ultimate magnetic lifestyle. 

In any case, enjoy!

Time Management From the Inside Out

Every morning when you get out of bed, there are unlimited options of the things you can do. When you want to get things done, saying “no” is just as important as what you say “yes” to. I know the prospect of being well-rounded seems exciting to most people but true mastery requires laser-like focus.

To be good at something, you have to learn time management from the inside out.

Just like most ambitious people, I want to have an extraordinary lifestyle. I want something more than what I was currently getting: go to work for 5 days, get 2 days off and complain how awful those 5 days were. I wanted to do things that matter to me and with people that I enjoy working with.

Bach Performance Time management

Where do I even start?

Learning something new can be very overwhelming. Even the most motivated person will eventually quit due to analysis paralysis. You can do an infinite amount of things and if you don’t say no, you’re day might feel busy but get nothing done. How do you lighten up your load, refocus and be picky with your time?

When To Say No – Time Management From The Inside Out.

 

What is the most important thing you’re trying to accomplish?

Just like you, I have many goals that I want to achieve in my life time. I’m not saying abandon them, but organize them in the order of importance. Pick one thing to work on and focus all your effort into getting good at that specific skill first. Once you have a better level of understanding, it becomes automatic and requires very little self-will to execute. The moment you get there, then you know it’s time to move on.

 

Try This

Write down 3 things will bring you one step closer if you accomplish

them. You don’t need more brilliant ideas. You need less noise. If you try to do everything, you will fail. Here’s what I’m trying to say; before you go to bed, write down 3 things you’re trying to accomplish the next day.

When you wake up in the morning, it’s a much simpler approach. It’s more strategic and tactical which makes it easier to narrow down your decision-making from then on. When you figure out which goals are most important to you, achieving them becomes more systematic.

 

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Make an action list instead of a to do list.

The fear of uncertainty holds most people back. It’s hard to act on something if it is ambiguous. Look back at the times when you didn’t do something; it’s because it’s not defined clearly.

Make sure your outcomes are specific and actionable. If it’s too complicated, chances are you’ll never do it. It’s natural to resist what you don’t know that’s why you’ll always gravitate to things that are familiar and predictable.

 

“NO! is your new favorite word

Start saying “no” to new ideas and just come up with a small list that really matter. The simpler and more actionable, the better. Don’t delude your focus and cover the hard stuff with the easy stuff.

Anything non-essential is a barrier. It’s a waste of time and should be avoided at all costs. They maybe necessary in the future, but not right now. Cut things down relentlessly, and simplify your daily tasks. If you find yourself off track and doing nonessential tasks, go back and check your top 3 priorities.

 

About the Author

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Myke Macapinlac wakes in the morning to inspire purpose-driven action for others to reach their full potential and live meaningful lives. He mentors beginner entrepreneurs at Lifestyle Business Hacker and is also the host of Magnetic Life Podcast. To get to know him personally, you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

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