Fresh & Fit Friday: Tips to Start Your Day Off Right!

Happy Fresh & Fit Friday!

The morning is arguably the most critical part of setting the stage for the remainder of the day. Small changes to your morning routine can mean the difference between productivity and slack. If you think about it, it paves the way for the next 8 or 9 hours that you will spend at work or school. The best thing you can do is give yourself a good start! 

Try these morning routine-boosters at the start of your day:

1. At least 15 minutes of no screen time. Immediately grabbing your phone or checking your email in the morning sets you up for a day of technological enslavement. Avoid the temptation, and reserve your morning for healthy habits:  like an exercise routine, or reading an intriguing article.

2. Swap coffee for room temperature lemon water. Pick up this morning habit, and reap all of these benefits:  Hydration and energy; weight loss; fresh skin; pumped up immune system; workout recovery; reduced aches and pains; brain strength; and liver cleanse! 

3. Set goals for the day. Limit yourself to three goals. They can be as simple as packing a lunch instead of eating out to save money, committing to a workout class, or sticking to your grocery budget! 

4. Stretch, meditate, workout! It may seem difficult to find time to meditate, and it may even seem pointless. The fact is, some of the most creatively brilliant people find time in their day to step aside, and meditate or exercise. According to the book, "Manage Your Day-to-Day:  Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind," 

"Many of our brightest minds have used some combination of daily spiritual or physical preparation. Photographer William Wegman rides his bike as many as twenty miles a day while National Book Award winner John Irving still trains like a wrestler at age seventy."

These habits train your mind to be attentive and focused, and over time, can boost productivity and creativity at work! 

Happy Friday everyone, and enjoy the snow! 

Mallory 

Sources:

Glei, Jocelyn K.; 99U (2013-05-21). Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) (p. 187). Amazon Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

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