14 Apr Happiness is…NOT wasting a single day!
via LifeHacker by James Clear
You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few. According to a report from the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy in wealthy nations is around the 80-year mark. If we use these average numbers and assume that your adult life starts at 18 years old, then you have about 68 years as an adult — a little more if you’re lucky. (68 years as an adult) x (365 days each year) = 24,820 days. 25,000 mornings.
That’s what you get in your adult life. 25,000 times you get to open your eyes, face the day, and decide what to do next. I don’t know about you, but I’ve let a lot of those mornings slip by. Once I realised this, I started thinking about how I could develop a better morning routine. I still have a lot to learn, but here are some strategies that you can use to get the most out of your 25,000 mornings.
Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
If you take a moment to think about it, you’ll probably realise that you are better at doing certain tasks at certain times. For example, my creative energy is highest in the morning, so that’s when I do my writing each day.
By comparison, I block out my afternoons for interviews, phone calls, and emails. I don’t need my creative energy to be high for those tasks, so that’s the best time for me to get them done. And I tend to have my best workouts in the late afternoon or early evening, so that’s when I head to the gym.
What type of energy do you have in the morning? What task is that energy best suited for?
Prepare the Night Before
I don’t do this nearly as often as I should, but if you only do one thing each day then spend a few minutes each night organising your to–do list for tomorrow. When I do it right, I’ll outline the article I’m going to write the next day and develop a short list of the most important items for me to accomplish. It takes 10 minutes that night and saves three hours the next day…
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