I’ve never met a person who didn’t want to increase their happiness, productivity, and health. My goal with this blog is to help you achieve more happiness and enhanced overall health. If you aim to accomplish significant things in your life, you are going to be spending a lot of time outside your comfort zone. The best results arise when we stretch ourselves past our current limits. Often the ability to push through fear is the only thing that separates those who succeed from those who fail. If you’re reading The Fire Inside blog, I know you’re looking to WIN in your life. This post includes some methods that will stretch your abilities and increase your self control and efficiency.

1. Start Your Morning With A Strategy

A  strategy is simply a plan of action designed to achieve an aim. When you start your day off with a strategy, you have a plan of action to achieve your main priorities. Implementing the following nightly hacks will set you up for a productive morning. Spend a couple minutes each night, picking out your outfit, prepping your meals, and setting a budget for the following day. Doing these three things will make your morning seamless.

I used to spend roughly 20 minutes in the morning just deciding what I was going to wear. Ever since I started preparing these three things for the day, I now spend those 20 minutes reading, meditating, or journaling. The key is to resist sleeping in and instead maximize the time that you’ve now free’d up, in order to level up your productivity.

2. Stop Snoozing

Snoozing trains your brain to procrastinate. It’s like telling your goals and dreams, you don’t matter right now. You’re training your mind to recognize the sound of your alarm as a “just a few minutes more” sound instead of a “get out of bed” signal. Once that routine is set, it can continue indefinitely and make waking up extremely challenging. Try placing your phone across the room where you have to get up to turn the alarm off. When I started doing this, it annoyed me so much! But eventually, I became grateful that it forced me to get out of my bed on time. Once I’m up, I drink a large glass of water. (Experts say drinking a glass of water when you first wake up jumpstarts your system). Next, I spend 20 minutes reading something inspirational, journaling, mediating or planning. After that’s done, I feel energized to start the day.

Another hack you can try is not giving yourself an option to snooze. Turn the snooze button off in the settings of your alarm. If you have an iPhone, all you have to do is hit Edit Alarm > Snooze > Swipe the snooze button to the left and voilà! You no longer have the option to snooze. Remember procrastination is the killer of dreams.

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3. Declare Your Main Tasks For The Day

Identify your three main priorities for the day before you check your phone. Make sure you write them down. Do this BEFORE you text, answer emails, check social media or do anything else on your phone. Doing this helps give your day a focus. This way you feel less overwhelmed by a long list of tasks and more motivated to accomplish your three main priorities. The more accomplished you feel, the more you’ll be motivated to get other tasks completed.

4. Exercise At Least Three Times A Week

Setting a workout schedule tends to make you become more consistent in all aspects of your life. It also reduces your risk of heart disease, depression, weight gain, diabetes, and certain types of cancers. If you’re not a gym person, you can enroll in classes, join fitness apps, exercise at home or outside. Even if it’s just walking around the block a couple times during lunch time, find ways to be more active. According to Livestrong, you should aim for 50 minutes of moderate activity or 25 minutes of vigorous activity per workout. You need stamina and energy to be your most productive self. 

5. Take Time For Yourself

We’re all extremely busy and often don’t give ourselves time to digest all that’s going on in our lives. Spend at least one day a week doing something you love. Make sure that a significant amount of that time is spent alone without distractions. Get in tune with yourself, reflect on your “why.” By your “why” I’m referring to your main purpose/reason for achieving your life goals. When I don’t take time to reflect on my “why,” I often feel discouraged, unmotivated and clouded. Constant reflection keeps me on track.

Don’t expect to change over night. Start implementing these five methods and document how your life changes. If you see significant life changes, send me a note about your progress, I’d love to hear how these methods have helped you.

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-Sade