A Great Morning Routine to Get Things Done in The Early Hours 551

tips for a great morning routine and getting things done

You already have a morning routine, whether you realize it or not. And most of the times, it’s a bad one.

The things we repeatedly do are the foundation of success. And starting every day in a productive, positive and healthy manner is a sure way to achieving our goals.

With each morning we have the chance to make the following day count, to kickstart it and to actually get something done, especially if it’s related to our passion project.

Here is how a great morning routine looks like:

1. It all starts from the night before.

Because you can’t get up early every day if you don’t start going to bed earlier too.

It will be uncomfortable in the beginning as these are some of your most ingrained habits. It takes some time, but the benefits are amazing.

2. Get up early.

It’s easy to set the alarm for the early hours, but it’s not that easy to actually get up. Here are some tips on how to manage to leave the comfort of your bed:

  • put your alarm on the other side of the room so that you’ll have to get up and go to it;
  • never say “just 2 more minutes”, or wait for the next alarm. Get up right away and start doing something – go to the bathroom to brush your teeth, have a glass of water or get dressed. After doing it, it’s much less likely to go back to bed;
  • plan what to do after you get up from the night before, also have your clothes ready beside your bed so that it’s harder for you to say no to the early morning.

In this post you can find more tips like that.

Get up early enough so that you’ll have time to do your morning rituals slowly. The point of the whole thing is to have a great morning, not to be in a hurry, have time for yourself and get stuff done.
After all, you’re doing it for yourself. And, eventually, it will affect every other area of your life.

3. Action plan.

And now it’s time to take the actual steps a great morning routine consists of. They are in no particular order; rearrange them so that they can be the way you like them.

Meditation

A quick one will do.

Just trying to stay still for a few minutes, emptying your mind and focusing on your breathing, can make you a more relaxed person and help you deal with stress and anxiety.
It’s even better if you start making the meditation session longer and include positive affirmations.

A glass of water

It may be cold water – to make the body start burning calories to warm it again, or hot water with lemon – to cleanse the organism. Both are a great choice.

Healthy breakfast

The best choice for me is 30g. of protein within 30 minutes of waking up (a technique I learned from Tim Ferriss).
But whether it’s cereal, fruits or else, it’s up to you.

Plan your day

Make a list and decide which your most important tasks are.

Check email

One of the best productivity decisions you can take is to check email twice a day: first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.

Many have the habit of doing it every ten minutes, and it distracts them from their actual work.
Now is the time to check it and empty your inbox.

Write/read

This is the quiet time you have for yourself. Enjoy it, find inspiration, create.

Work out

Either have your gym session as a part of your morning routine (if fitness is your sport), go jogging or for a walk. Or at least do a 20-minute workout at home.

4. Start working on your 3 most important tasks.

Throughout the routine nothing else should come in your way. That means that no TV, phone, people or daily worries should be on your mind.
I assume the others will still be sleeping at that time. As for the rest, it’s up to you to eliminate distractions.

In the end (late morning), you should feel energetic, motivated, encouraged because you’ve already got a lot done, and will have set the tone for a productive day.

Your morning routine reveals your approach to your days, and your life in general. So make it a good one!

How do you start your day? And what do you want to change about that?

See also:

Great ways to kickstart your morning
Why we don’t get things done
Upgrade your morning routine

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home 18

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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