5 Habits I’m Doing Daily This Month 124

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Habits are what sets one person apart from another over a long period of time.

After all, what we do daily is what our life looks like. At least for now.

I’m constantly trying to start new successful behaviors, change habits and kick bad ones. With some I succeed, with others I don’t. But I keep working on that without letting it stop me from enjoying my days.

This month (although it’s almost over) I was consistent in some new behaviors that I want to share with you.
Some are a version of stuff I’ve tried before, others are completely new. But it all works pretty fine, so it might just inspire you to copy one of more.

My new habits for this month

1. Tracking food.

We hear about the benefits of journaling everything you do daily (in every area), but we don’t really realize the effect it has until we try it ourselves.

And it’s quite helpful, I’d say.

I’m always trying to change my eating habits and get fit, so this is quite useful for such goals.

Not only does it give you the bigger picture of what you eat, but you also become more aware of what you put in your mouth knowing that you’ll have to put it on paper later.

Guilt is a positive factor in this case. Because even if you’re not trying to control what you eat, you start feeling bad about it once you see it written.

So if you’ve tried other similar things but they haven’t worked, give this one a try.

2. Green coffee.

I won’t be mentioning any particular products, or even stating that it’s that exact natural supplement that helped me.

But I’ve tried many things to kill my cravings and suppress appetite in general and nothing worked.

While this simple thing – it’s really like tea to me – does wonders.

It’s also said to eliminate toxins and is a powerful antioxidant.

3. Drinking a lot of water while in the gym.

Fitness is a habit I’ve already developed through the years. And now I’m making small changes to optimize the results.

Drinking 1 – 1.5L during the workout is something I wish I’d tried before.

Usually that amount in a short period of time makes me feel full. But not while working out.

Also, I don’t need to think about water consumption for the rest of the day. As this together with a few glasses here and there will be enough.

I’m not at the gym every single day, but this habit still belongs to the list as it’s something new I do consistently now.

4. Eating the exact same breakfast every day.

It makes life easier.

I knew before that having a fixed time for everything (like planned meals) simplifies things, saves you time and the effort of decision making.

In this case it’s eating proteins (eggs) right after my morning routine (if there’s one this day).

It feels good to know what my meal will be, kills my appetite for others stuff, is another great addition to my successful morning, is quite healthy, and my stomach won’t be empty when (and if) drinking coffee.

Simple and yet with so many benefits.

5. Tracking how much gets done about a personal project/goal/habit/etc.

It may just be a word document named ‘Blogging’, but it does a lot for me.

I feel good every time I add another thing I did this day that’s connected to writing, editing, publishing on the blog, promoting, fixing problems, reading, researching, social media, technological stuff, optimization, etc.

And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m much more productive (and haven’t missed a day) since I started doing this.

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That’s it this month.

I don’t want it to become overwhelming and affect my other habits so I’m keeping things simple – just a few mini habits.

What do you think? And what habits are you trying to develop now?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.