10 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 10 am

10 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 10 am

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Mit csináljunk, és mit ne, reggel 10 óra előtt, hogy jó legyen a napunk? 

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius

You don’t have to be a morning person to benefit from morning rituals. Most people hit snooze, roll out of bed and into some clothes while plunging into their day without a plan. You, however, can choose to approach your day mindfully. Being mindful will increase the odds that you will feel good, be more productive and end up happier when it’s all over.

HERE ARE TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD DO EVERY MORNING BEFORE 10:00 AM TO STACK THE DECK IN YOUR FAVOR.

1. MEDITATE

Meditating or even some simple breathing can help you begin your day with a sense of calm. Instead of reaching for your phone or checking email first thing in the morning, take just a few minutes to sit and experience the quiet.

There is plenty of activity during our day, make a commitment to start on a quieter note. It will set the tone for your day and will help increase your focus, energy, and optimism.

2. REFLECT IN GRATITUDE

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

Start your day by reflecting on what you are grateful for. A consistent practice of gratitude in the mornings will increase your awareness of gratitude throughout your day. It will also make you more resilient when challenges occur and help you put drama in perspective.

3. SET YOUR DAILY INTENTION

In the quiet of the day, before the fires need putting out, plan your day by focusing on three goals you want to accomplish.

Make those goals a priority for the day. When you set about planning your day with intention, you are more likely to feel productive at the end of it.

4. PAD YOUR SCHEDULE

As you go about setting your daily intentions, pad your schedule to allow yourself to tend to fires as they arise. Padding your schedule with free time will give you a better chance of achieving your goals and may even add some downtime throughout the day.

5. HYDRATE

Your body awakens dehydrated, so it is very important to drink up first thing in the morning. In her book, The Body Ecology Diet, Donna Gates suggests you drink half of your entire daily water intake by mid-morning. It will flush your system of toxins, leave you feeling less hungry and reduce headaches throughout the day.

6. STRETCH

You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t wake up feeling a bit stiff. It isn’t always easy to incorporate exercise into a morning routine. If you were going to choose one thing, the American Journal of Sports Medicine suggests adding a short muscle-stretching sequence of exercises to your morning schedule.

Studies show that consistent stretching in the morning can increase flexibility, improve circulation, reduce stress throughout your day and improve posture.

7. LISTEN TO MUSIC

Starting your day with upbeat and fun music will not only wake you up but it will fill you with positive energy for your day.

A 2013 study found that music makes you feel good. According to study participants, the two most important benefits of listening to music are “mood regulation” and “self-awareness.”

Not only has it been shown to improve your mood but it can end up increasing motivation, performance, and lead to a better night’s sleep too.

8. SMILE

Start your day off by smiling at yourself in the bathroom mirror. Smiling will have a positive effect on your overall attitude and well-being, even when it starts out a little forced. Smiling makes you more approachable, and appear more trustworthy. In fact, The University of Montpellier discovered that smiling will also make you a more effective leader.

9. CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF

Life is busy and morning routines can be a bit rushed. It can be very tempting when you are running behind to leave your clothes on the floor, dishes in the sink or leave the trash until later. Just do put them away!

Procrastination around cleaning up after yourself can prevent you from realizing our highest potential and best work. It also allows you to relax fully upon returning home. It is better to pro-actively clean up after yourself than waiting to be called out on it.

10. DO YOUR HARDEST TASK FIRST

It might seem enticing to get a bunch of easy things checked off your to-do list, but it has been shown time and time again that doing your hardest task first leads to a more productive and happier day. You are more likely to remember the day as being a good one when your day gets better and is easier over time. The bonus: it helps stop procrastination over the things we like to do the least.

source: Power of Positivity

Decide whether the following statements are true or false.

1. Meditation will help increase your focus, energy, and optimism.

2. Gratitude in the morning will help you deal with challenges during the day.

3. You should focus on two goals that you want to accomplish.

4. If you pad your schedule with free time as well, it will help you accomplish your goals.

5. You should drink equal amounts of water during the day.

6. Stretching improves circulation and flexibility.

7. Listening to music fills you with negative energy.

8. Smiling at yourself in the bathroom mirror helps your overall attitude.

9. Cleaning up after yourself in the morning allows you to relax fully upon returning home.

10. You should do your easiest task first.

Key:

1. true

2. true

3. false (you should focus on three goals)

4. true

5. false (you should drink half of your water intake by mid morning)

6. true

7. false (it fills you with positive energy)

8. true

9. true

10. false (you should do your hardest task first)

Vocabulary

privilege

kiváltság

ritual

rituálé, ismétlődő cselekedet

to plunge into sg

beleugrani valamibe

to increase the odds

növelni valami valószínűségét

to stack the deck in favour of sg

úgy rendezni a kártyákat, hogy előnyünkre váljon

to make a commitment

elköteleződni

gratitude

hála

to suffice

elégséges, elegendő

resilient

rugalmas

to put out fires

tüzet oltani

to pad

kibélelni

to tend to sg

foglalkozni valamivel, kezelni

downtime

pihenőidő

to stretch

nyújtózkodni

to incorporate

belefoglalni

circulation

keringés

posture

magatartás, hozzáállás

trustworthy

bizalomra méltó

tempting

csábító

procrastination

halogatás

enticing

csábító

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