Eat your vegetables, have a positive outlook, be kind to people, and smile
– Kamada Nakasato, 102-y/o-female fr. Okinawa
“Drink without getting drunk
Love without suffering jealousy
Eat without overindulging
And once in a while, with great discretion, misbehave”
― Dan Buettner,
Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.
― Glen Cook,
Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
― Lemony Snicket,
I love waking up early.
It hasn’t always been like this, only the last 6 years. I Started waking early back in 2011, before that almost every morning was chaotic & stressful. I dreaded mornings.
On average I now rise @ 0430 each weekday morning, 0700 weekend mornings. Been logging my wake up time since mid 2011, as part of my journaling habit.
…I’ve found, is putting a little emphasis on making the first hour of your day the most powerful hour. Treating that first hour as sacred, not to be wasted on trivial things, but to be filled with only the most essential, most life-changing actions.
-Leo Babauta (zenhabits.net)
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“Every once in a while, you read a book that changes the way you look at life. But it is so rare to find a book that changes the way you live your life. The Miracle Morning does both, and faster than you ever thought possible. I highly recommend Hal Elrod’s latest book.”
-TIM SANDERS, NY Times bestselling author of The Likability Factor
“The Miracle Morning(tm) is literally the ONE thing that will make immediate and profound changes in any-or every area of your life. If you really want your life to improve, read this book immediately.”
-RUDY RUETTIGER, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the hit Hollywood movie RUDY
“At first I thought Hal had lost his mind-why on earth would anyone get up so early on a regular basis?!?! I was skeptical… until I tried it. When I implemented Hal’s strategies I noticed an immediate difference in my personal and professional life. The Miracle Morning(tm) will show you how to take control of your life, regardless of your past. I highly recommend it.”
-JOSH SHIPP, TV show host, author, and Teen Behavior Expert
I recommend running weekly & monthly reviews. I also do a “mid-year” (July) & end-year (late December) review.
My weekly/monthly reviews is based on David Allen’s GTD system, with some modifications:
- Get all in-boxes to zero.
All emails & paper has to be processed, no excuses… use your lists.
- Review all calendars: last week & the coming week.
Be sure that you are in control.
- Review your Weekly MIT’s (Most Important Task)
Before moving on to the lists, remember to SIMPLIFY.
Remove everything but the essential projects & tasks.
Optional: Put them on your Someday/Maybe list.
- Review your action lists.
- Review your project lists.
- Review your Monthly MIT’s – Monthly Review
- Review your someday/maybe lists – Monthly Review
- Review your “Reflection document” – Monthly Review
- Review all calendears for upcoming month – Monthly Review
- Review “Horizon of Focus” (Level 2 & 3) mindmaps – Monthly Review
If you manage to create a habit of doing a weekly review… you will get a “control-boost”.. People feeling in control tend to more happy and content.
David Allen talks about the GTD Weekly Review:
This is a vital habit.
Exercise releases endorphins, oxygenates the blood and lowers stress. It also helps strengthen the immune system, improves energy levels, makes you feel better about yourself
|Scientists have shown that physical activity in the form of voluntary exercise results in an increase in the number of newborn neurons in the hippocampus of aging mice. The same study demonstrates an enhancement in learning of the “runner” (physically active) mice. Other research demonstrated that exercising mice that did not produce beta-endorphin, a mood-elevating hormone, had no change in neurogenesis. Yet, mice that did produce this hormone, along with exercise, exhibited an increase in newborn cells and their rate of survival. While the association between exercise-mediated neurogenesis and enhancement of learning remains unclear, this study could have strong implications in the fields of aging and/or Alzheimer’s disease.|