“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for?’”
– Marcus Aurelius
Do Upside-Down Time
Flip your perspective (literally) with some daily upside-down time. Just a few minutes in an inverted position, like a gentle headstand or “legs up the wall” position, can do wonders.
Research suggests it improves circulation, boosts brain function, and can even enhance mood. It’s a quirky, quick way to give your body and mind a mini-reset.
Read more here, including some simple poses. If your health permits, give it a try!
Theme Your Days for Better Focus
We often juggle a variety of tasks every day, which can be overwhelming. So, here’s an alternative: try dedicating each day of the week to a specific task or theme.
For example, make Mondays all about planning, Tuesdays for creative projects, etc. This approach helps create a rhythm, making it easier to focus. By compartmentalizing tasks, you also avoid the mental clutter of juggling too many things at once.
Is it the right approach for you? The only way to know is to try it. Let us know if it works for you!
Gavin Rossdale, Musician
The snooze button is a lose button, says the Bush frontman, clothing brand founder, actor and, most recently, grandfather. He likes his mornings to be on his terms. He:
- Rises early to get some personal time before the family rush starts.
- Makes the bed. “It’s an easy first achievement of the day. Plus, the Dalai Lama and Jordan Peterson seem to recommend it.”
- Reflects on what he ate the night before. “For better or worse.”
- Works out most days. “I exercise to sweat as much as I can and let the bad decisions from the day before evaporate.”
- Has coffee, but doesn’t eat right away. “Coffee is my ritual. My sanity.”
Why it works:
- Getting personal time is ideal for starting the day in a good mindset.
- Small wins (even making the bed!) boost motivation and inspire more progress.
- Sweating really is cleansing. It may help expel chemicals and bacteria from the body.
- Small daily rituals mentally calm us and keep us centered. ☕
Do you ever take time to reflect on what you ate the night before? It can be a great way of checking in with how you feel and getting in touch with your body!