Dominate Your Day with These 8 Essential Habits

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There are many things in life we can’t control. And it’s much better to accept them and let them be, while focusing on what we can control instead.

That’s our behavior, the things we do daily and our attitude towards life.

So work on that and you’ll be able to dominate your day, and your whole life in the long-term.

Habits are powerful. Ingraining a new one isn’t that hard, but it does take time and dedication.

A few essential habits stand out, though, when we’re talking about day domination. Here they are:

1. Wake up early.

The benefits of waking up early are many and great.

Leaving bed an hour earlier than we have to, for example, gives us extra time that can be invested in personal and spiritual growth and planning and organizing the following day.

It will also give you some quiet time for yourself, you won’t need to be in a rush as usual, and all this will be your reason to wake up with the first alarm.

2. Create a whole morning ritual with essential habits.

There are many morning habits you can choose from, and each can take as little as 5 minutes.

Be it meditation, making a to-do list, keeping morning pages, reading something inspirational, journaling, decluttering your desk, eating a healthy breakfast, or else. Choose a few of these and do each right after you leave bed.

Such a routine helps you kickstart the day and be energetic, peaceful and in a good mood till the end of it.

3. Dedicate your most productive time to focused work.

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We all have a certain period of the day when we’re more productive than usual. It’s important to find out when that time is and make the most of it.

Use it to get done the most important tasks you have for the day, the hardest project you’re working on which requires a lot of concentration, and the activities closely related to your goals in life that will give you immediate results.

Do all these during your most productive time. And make sure you let people know that you don’t want to be disturbed while working.

4. 80/20 your day.

Use the Pareto principle in anything you do, that itself is one of the essential habits that will help you double your productivity and dominate every day.

It says that only 20% of the things you do give you 80% of the progress you see. So define these and focus on them more, while eliminating the rest.

Be selective because your time and focus are limited. It’s always better to invest them in what truly matters and will make you happy and successful in the long-term.

5. Review your goals in the evening.

Make sure you have everything you want to achieve written down, in details.

Set aside a few minutes each evening, after the day is officially over, to review these. That’s when you’ll remind yourself of your vision for the future and thus get a motivation boost. But this exercise will also help you analyze everything you did during the day, how productive you were, and what can be improved so that you keep moving towards these goals.

6. Exercise.

Get moving for an hour daily.

Often people complain that they don’t have any time to work out. That’s when waking up earlier comes in handy. Include a quick workout in your morning routine, and you can be sure you’ll be more energetic and fresh for the whole day.

7. Meditate.

Peace of mind is a must if you want to stay sane, be creative, handle the daily problems with ease and enjoy life more.

Meditation can help you with that. Spend 5-15 minutes in the morning and/or evening to just sit down quietly and try to empty your mind, focus on your breathing and think of  a positive mantra.

That will immediately calm you down and will help you stay peaceful and contented all the time.

8. Get a motivation boost before you go out.

After your morning ritual and before you go out, try some of these to motivate yourself and feel more confident:

  • repeat confidence affirmations in the mirror;
  • write down a few things that will make today great;
  • visualize success;
  • listen to music and dance for a few minutes;
  • read motivational quotes out loud;
  • watch an inspirational video.

All these essential habits are easy, quick and don’t require any special skills. But once you do them, you’ll feel much better.

Most of them just trick your mind into being more positive and confident, others just let you fake it till you make it. But it works.

That’s how you dominate your day. Which of these essential habits do you consider most important? Why?

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5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

We all live such busy lives that it is totally normal to feel run down from time to time. You can’t be switched on 24/7, and if you were, you’d be burnt out pretty soon afterward!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of.

Creativity is something we all need in our daily lives. But if you have a job which relies upon your ideas and thoughts when it packs up and goes on vacation for a short while, it can be super-distressing, and frustrating to say the least.

You will have no doubt heard of the old ‘writer’s block’ adage, but you don’t need to be a writer to suffer from creativity problems. The good news is that there are several things you can do to give your creativity a boost, and welcome it back into the fold. Let’s check out five of the best.

How to Boost Your Creativity

1. Reduce Stress

Stress does nothing, absolutely nothing, good for your focus, concentration, and creativity levels. If you are stressed out, you’re burnt out, and you’re not going to be able to keep your mind on anything other than the thing that’s stressing you out. Or it’s going to be flitting from one thing to another, and never doing anything productive.

Put simply, stress is dangerous on so many levels, that you need to do everything you can to reduce it as much as possible.

It’s unrealistic to say that you should kick stress out of your life for good and never feel even the tiniest amount. A little stress is good for you, it helps to motivate and push you to achieve. When stress is prolonged and severe however, it can impact every single system in your body – including your heart. It’s just not worth the hassle, so instead, look to become much less stressed than you are.

You can reduce stress:

  • by taking time for yourself,
  • enjoying social time with friends and family,
  • exercising regularly,
  • eating a healthy diet,
  • getting plenty of sleep,
  • and tackling the thing which is stressing you out, head on.

2. Incorporate Regular Exercise Into Your Routine

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We just mentioned regular exercise as a way to reduce stress, but it also helps to boost your creativity too.

Exercise gets your blood pumping, your heart rate up, and it ironically also helps you to relax. You’re much more likely to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be healthier overall, and exercise is also a known treatment method for low mood and mild depression.

If you are suffering from low mood, or if you feel like things are becoming a little too much, exercise is a great way to help boost your mood and your overall health and wellbeing. By doing this, you are giving your mind clarity, and that in turn helps to boost focus and creativity.

You will notice that when your mind is clogged up with a million worries, you just don’t have the scope to be creative. When you clear your mind, you will notice that your creativity starts to come back!

3. Try Regular Massages for Relaxation

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that having a regular massage can help to boost your overall health and wellbeing by giant leaps.

Once upon a time, massages were thought to be luxuries, things that you only indulged in when visiting up-market spas. Thankfully, all that has changed, and more and more people are noticing the extreme benefits of having regular massages.

If you can’t afford to head to a heath center or spa on a regular basis, or if you simply don’t have the time, you could instead buy a massage chair to use in your home, so you’re not missing out!

Massage can help to boost your creativity because it gives you the chance to totally relax. You hold tension in your body when you’re stressed out and over-thinking, and that adds up to not only aches and pains, which aren’t going to do much for your state of mind, but it also clogs up your mind and stops you rom thinking straight.

By allowing yourself to totally relax, you are clearing your mind and allowing you creativity to flow. You’re also getting all the other benefits of massage too, such as increased healing, increased mood, increased circulation, better sleep patterns, etc.

4. Good Quality, Regular Sleep

How do you feel when you’re tired and lacking in sleep? Do you feel like coming up with new, innovative ideas? Not likely. You’re sluggish, irritable, and snappy. Creativity disappears when you are not getting the right amount of sleep, so it’s easy to turn that back by ensuring that you do get the right amount of sleep!

The amount you should be getting depends on you as an individual, but overall, between 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night should have you firing on all cylinders.

If you find it hard to switch off, try drinking a warm, milky drink before you sleep, having a warm bath, switching off your phone and all your social media feeds around an hour before bed, and avoiding anything which is mentally stimulating.

Massage is also something you can use to help bring a better sleep pattern into your life, so look into this option too.

5. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

What you eat has a direct impact on your creativity levels, because it impacts your mind.

If you’re clogging up your body with fatty, saturated foods, full of nasties and impurities, how can you expect your mind to be clear? It’s going to be very foggy, to say the least!

Try eating a healthy diet, organic if possible, and only eat anything which is clean and has had a life itself. This will give you a sharper mind, allow you to focus better, and have a fantastic effect on your overall health and wellbeing.

If you can incorporate this with regular exercise and relaxation, you’ll be super creative before you know it!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of. If you can incorporate these tips, you’ll be super creative before you know it! #healthhacks #healthtips #creativity