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5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long
Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we're only churning out high-quality work a portion of each day. Here are five practical steps to incorporate into any morning routine to optimize your time at the office and maintain productivity all day long: 7 minutes of exercise. There are endless fitness routines to turn to, but the one I like best is called the 7 Minute Workout (and yes, there's an app for that). Start your day out green. While all of these options are fine choices once in a while, you'll be shocked at the morning lift you can get from a green smoothie. I go quick and easy, blending (for about a minute): one apple, one banana, one orange, a handful of spinach, half of a cucumber, any juice or coconut water on hand, a few cubes of ice and some flax seed. Pick 3 wins for the day. Block your calendar to achieve wins. Related:  Self Actualisation

The 27 Unspoken Rules Of Wearing A Suit You can’t expect to look all dapper and gentlemanly without knowing Suiting 101. Justine Zweibel / BuzzFeed The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel. It’s all about BALANCE. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old school, Mad Men -style. So choose your look accordingly. Pocket squares add an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice. Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit. Tsk, tsk, John McCain. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket. It’s complicated. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral. Dark gray is more versatile and goes with more colors. buzzfeed.com White Collar / USA Shutterstock

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration In the above account, Mike’s obviously stuck in a routine that many of us may have found ourselves in, yet in the moment we feel it’s almost an impossible routine to get out of. When we constantly multitask to get things done, we’re not multitasking, we’re rapidly shifting our attention. Phase 1: Blood Rush Alert When Mike decides to start writing his History essay, blood rushes to his anterior prefrontal cortex. Phase 2: Find and Execute The alert carries an electrical charge that’s composed of two parts: first, a search query (which is needed to find the correct neurons for executing the task of writing), and second, a command (which tells the appropriate neuron what to do). Phase 3: Disengagement 1. 2. 3. 4.

5 email lists you should join if you're new to freelancing You’ve done it. You’ve made the decision to go out on your own as a freelancer. So, you can alert the media and get ready to roll in the dough, right?? Well, hopefully. Sound overwhelming? Email courses and newsletters are a super-convenient, fast, and free way to learn valuable skills. And I’ve curated this list so that you won’t get an overwhelming amount of email and content you don’t know what to do with. 1. Email Course: Nathalie Lussier’s 30-Day List Building Challenge Once you get into the world of freelancing, you’ll get used to hearing the phrase “build up a pipeline.” If that sounds like gibberish to you, don’t worry. And if building up a pipeline of potential clients when you JUST started freelancing and haven’t amassed a portfolio of impressive work (or garnered word-of-mouth referrals) sounds intimidating, don’t worry. You just need to build hype and enthusiasm around your work to show that your services are in demand. 2. Email Newsletter: Creative Market 3. 4. 5.

Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better You know the drill: open eyes, get up, move yourself robotically to the bathroom, dress up, and get out. Admit it, this is your morning routine. No wonder you’re not functioning at full capacity. No wonder you’re having a really hard time pulling yourself together just enough to be able to smile to your colleagues. Start feeling better about your day. 1. The morning stillness, the quiet moments before dawn are often the most unique moments of the day. 2. There is no better moment to do that than in the morning. 3. I cannot stress enough the benefits of meditation. 4. Imagine your body is a huge battery holding up energy. 5. Imagine your loved one waking up and starting the morning with a smile. 6. Saying “thank you” is underrated. 7. If you’re learning a foreign language, that works great. 8. This is a very powerful exercise. 9. Take a stroll in the quiet, fresh air of the morning. 10. Drink juice instead of your normal breakfast. 11. 12. The trick is to make the shower a cold one.

10 Golden Lessons from Albert Einstein Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving - Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was an amazing physicist. He figured out so many universal principles and equations that he was way ahead of his fellow scientists at any point of time. 1. Most people don’t try new things because of their fear of failure. 2. 30 years from now, you won’t possibly remember what chapters you had in your science book; you’d only remember what you learn on your way. 3. When you reflect on how far we humans have come from the prehistoric caves to mind-blowing technological advancements, you would feel the power of imagination. 4. Creativity and uniqueness often depends on how well you hide your sources. 5. If you think of all the top people in the world, they would have added something of value to the world. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work Do you feel like you can no longer cope with the stress of meeting your deadlines? Does the lack of concentration stop you from focusing on your goals? Are you stuck or stressed out? There are so many more sites like this out there, but — for the purposes of this article — I have included 10 of them that I use myself. 1. Yes, that’s exactly what you should do for the next two minutes. 2. Calm.com also challenges you to sit still and quiet your mind. You can choose from the many calming atmospheres that are available — gentle waves, fields, waterfalls. 3. SimplyNoise uses white, pink and brown noise. 4. SimplyRain belongs to the SimplyNoise website and it simply plays the rain sounds for you. 5. This one’s my favorite and the one I use most often when I write. 6. You can’t afford spending every morning at Starbucks? 7. naturesoundsfor.me It’s so soothing, yet lively, to listen to the sounds of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore while children giggle in the background. 8. 9.

Nikola Tesla's Best Productivity Tricks 25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before. 1. This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. 2. Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? 3. Guitar is one of the few instruments out there that’s actually pretty easy to learn if you’re a little older, making it one of the most accessible instruments. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

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