According to Healthline, sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, stress, and cancer. Rest is an area that has alluded me for years. I’m a content junky, so I’m always thinking and plotting ideas before going to sleep.
I probably average 5–6 hours of sleep each night, which isn’t good enough. If you’re in the same boat, try sleeping at the same time each night and create a bedtime routine to relax you.
This point has a direct link to item #1. If you’re getting to bed consistently at a decent hour, you give yourself every chance to rise early and own your time.
Between work, school and family, it can sometimes seem impossible to find time for yourself. One of the best things you can do for your health is waking up 30–60 minutes earlier than everyone else so you can focus on self-development.
We all know the importance of moving and stretching your body, but still, for many of us, it’s not happening enough. Try to take away any objections by performing low-involvement activities, such as walking, yoga, and pushups. The more steps you have to complete to exercise, the less likely you are to stick to the habit.
4. Eat well
What does eating well mean exactly? It means eating as many whole organic foods as possible and listen to how your body responds to certain foods.
How you digest certain food is a good indication of whether your body likes it or not. But you know the drill—eat more veggies, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and you’ll be fine.
5. Do one thing that you love
If you’re getting enough sleep and rising early, you should find some extra time in your day to do one something that you love. This could be playing with your children/pets, reading a fantastic novel, or watching your favorite TV show. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you genuinely enjoy.
Mistaking trivial tasks for essential tasks is easy. Unimportant tasks are things that add little value. This typically includes emails, meetings, cleaning, web browsing.
Essential tasks, on the other hand, create breakthroughs and are often much harder to do. That’s why we put them off. This could be having a tough conversation with a family member, a friend or colleague. It could be writing 1000 words for your report, essay, journal or book. Or it could mean to finally finish building the deck which is now two months overdue.
Quick note: I find that when I accomplish at least one big task for the day, I sleep much better.
7. Be present with others
Turn off your phone, stop what you’re doing and focus on being present with those around you. Look in their eyes, listen to what they have to say, go deep in whatever you’re doing. We live for connection, let’s not gloss over it.
8. Give to someone else
How can you be of service? Ask this question every day. This could mean helping someone with an errand, paying it forward at the gas station, or simply being there for a friend who is in need.
9. Practice gratitude
Spend time each day, appreciating the fact that you can still breathe. You can do this in many ways; whether it’s journaling, looking up at the stars, meditating, whatever it is, build this into your daily routine.
So you’ve been blessed with another day of life. You’ve put your mind and body through a lot today, and now it’s time to reset and wind down. Switch off electronics, put things back in their place and start your evening routine.
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I could listen to this every day and I would be better for it. This has helped me a lot in areas in my life. The only negative I would say about it is 7min is not long enough.
Ever have one of those middle of the day meltdowns? But you still have hours of stuff to do and you can’t leave the office and medicate for two hours. Breathe. Headphones. 7 minutes. It works for me every time.
I was surprised that 7 minutes of excepts of speeches could have anything new to tell me about personal development. But the value is in the curation, something that is highly undervalued. The host has a knack for picking something of value for me. My next step is choose a little 7 min job every day to do while listening ... maybe even sort out my garage ! Now THAT will be a triumph
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Succinct and Info-packed!
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