Will Bulsiewicz

Productivity Tip:
 

Try Co-Working Spaces

Feeling stuck in your home office? Maybe it’s time to shake things up by trying a co-working space. Being surrounded by others can boost your productivity and provide an opportunity for networking.

On top of that, co-working spaces naturally foster collaboration, creativity, and a unique energy that’s hard to find at home.

(Plus we all have days where we just need an excuse to get out of our pajamas…)

Here are a few tips for making the most of co-working spaces. Have you tried co-working?

Routine Breakdown
 

Will Bulsiewicz, M.D., Gastroenterologist & Author

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What does the morning routine of a gut-health expert look like? Let’s find out from Will Bulsiewicz, M.D. He:

  • Drinks coffee with added spices (nutmeg or a trio of ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon). “There is a benefit to drinking coffee in terms of our gut health.”
  • Goes for a walk with his daughter, absorbing the morning sunlight to regulate his circadian rhythm. “The days where I do this, I get much more restful sleep.”
  • Wears a 20-pound weighted vest for his walk. “It gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat a little bit.”

 

Why it works:

  • Though Bulsiewicz agrees coffee isn’t for everyone, he says there’s “clear evidence” that it’s beneficial to our gut microbes, while the spices include phytochemicals that can also help the microbiome.
  • Morning sunlight regulates our bodies, leading to more restful sleep.
  • Sweating it out is great – and adds to the list of benefits that it’s good for our microbes as well!

 

Bulsiewicz says there’s no one secret to improving your gut health – it’s all about consistency and good habits. It’s worth checking out his Instagram for tips on gut health and which foods to eat and avoid – find him here.

Cindra Kamphoff

Wellness Tip:
 

Beat Financial Anxiety

Finances can be a big source of stress. In a 2021 study of nearly 20,000 people, 60% said they feel anxious when thinking about their personal finances. 😰

So, what can help? Firstly, pinpoint what’s causing your anxiety. Is it a lack of a buffer? Worries about job security? Stress over day-to-day money management? 

From there, you can look for solutions. Improving financial literacy can help. If the jargon overwhelms you, put things in your own terms. You can also try talking to a professional. 

Here are some more tips – try some to regain your calm. 😌

 

Routine Breakdown
 

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker & Podcast Host

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Dr. Cindra Kamphoff is all about building mental strength. Here’s her game-changing 4-minute morning routine, based on the acronym GRIT (simply spend 1 minute on each):

  • Gratitude. Remind yourself what you’re grateful for (good things and tough things).
  • Remember your purpose. Remind yourself why you do what you do. 
  • Intention. Who do you want to be today? Set at least three intentions.
  • Talk to yourself powerfully. Intentionally choose your thoughts and tell yourself who you really are.

 

Why it works:

  • Gratitude improves mental health and unshackles us from negative emotions – and the best part is it creates lasting changes in our brains.
  • Studies show that those with a purpose live longer, sleep better, and have stronger immune systems, lower stress levels, and better cognitive function. Whew!
  • Intentions are a powerful way to take control of our energy and attention and set our mindset for the day.
  • Positive self-talk boosts confidence and can make us healthier, happier, and more creative.

 

Taken together, these four steps can have a mega impact on creating a positive mindset! It’s no accident that Panda Planner includes sections that encourage you to jot down these things daily. If you’re not already prepping yourself for a positive day, why not give it a try tomorrow? A few minutes is all you need.

Linda Wells

 

Wellness Tip:
 

Burn More to Snack Less

Your body is a tricky machine. You work out more to burn more calories, but that just makes you more hungry… which leads to snacking and consuming back those calories.

But your brain is also a tricky machine. And you can use that to your advantage. In an interesting study, researchers found that framing exercise as fun led to less snacking later on.

Why? Because when we see exercise as hard work, we tend to compensate with a “hedonic” snack. So, want to cut the cheeky rewards? 🍪Go on a scenic walk instead of an exercise walk. Dance. Play. Jump. In short, make moving fun!

 

Routine Breakdown
 

Linda Wells, Journalist & Entrepreneur

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The famed beauty editor and founder of Allure magazine starts her day at 5.30am – without an alarm. From there, she:

  • Wakes up her brain by doing puzzles (Spelling Bee, Wordle, and Connections).
  • Inspired by Andrew Huberman, she looks at the sun first thing.
  • Connects with her work partner. “She has an endless supply of ideas and energy, and she’s like a bright beam of sunshine.”
  • Does a workout – either Peloton or mini-trampoline. She says the bouncing puts her “in a happy frame of mind.”
  • Depending on where she is, follows up with a dive in the pool. “Nothing feels better than that jolt, and it stays with me all day. I follow that with the most brutal cold shower I can tolerate.”
  • Does her beauty routine, has breakfast, and starts work.

 

Why it works:

  • Brain games may or may not boost brain health (research is mixed) – but hey, they don’t hurt. Plus, they’re a fun way to start the day mentally active.
  • Morning sun exposure has definite benefits.
  • Morning workouts are great – fun ones are even better (see above!).
  • There’s some research suggesting cold showers might boost your mood, energy levels, and immunity. 

 

Connecting with someone who inspires us and gets our creativity going is an underrated addition to any routine. Linda calls it “the best way to start the day.” Is there someone who can brighten up your days, even if they’re on the other side of the world?

Kien Vuu

 

Wellness Tip:
 

Replace Scrolling With Connection

We all do it. We open up social media and get stuck mindlessly scrolling. Despite being called “social,” this habit has nothing to do with true connection. 

As research shows, social connection is a must for health and well-being. So, here’s an idea from Dr. Kien Vuu, whose morning routine is below: Replace a session of scrolling with sending a quick message to two people who matter in your life. 

Tell them how much they mean to you, or thank them for something. These small moments of connection will pay far more dividends than mindlessly consuming – and they’ll benefit those closest to you as well.

 

Routine Breakdown
 

Dr. Kien Vuu, Longevity Expert, Author & Speaker

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Dr. Vuu is all about elevating human health and potential. As an expert in anti-aging, here’s how he optimizes his mornings:

  • Drinks 8-16 ounces of water with added lemon and electrolytes or mineral salt.
  • Makes an effort to get direct sunlight on his face and skin.
  • Does a 5-min exercise routine to get his energy going. He likes qigong hops and twists, followed by 10-15 burpees.
  • Does 2-3 mins of breathing techniques to enhance focus and relieve stress.
  • Finishes up with a short gratitude meditation.

 

Why it works:

  • We need to restore hydration after sleep, and this adds a boost of nutrients as well.
  • Morning sun supports the body’s natural sleep-wake cycles and helps maintain our energy levels throughout the day.
  • There’s research to back up the benefits of qigong, suggesting it can lower blood pressure, help with pain relief, lower stress, and more. Getting your heart rate up (even briefly) is also great for improving focus and boosting health.
  • Studies agree that breathwork is a quick way to tame your stress levels.
  • Gratitude is good. When gratitude goes up, our mood, well-being, and sleep quality go up with it

 

“Every moment in life, we have an opportunity to make a choice in how we show up,” says Vuu. And that’s the key. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated; it’s just about showing up. What do you think of his routine?

Laila Ali

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Nelson Mandela

 

Productivity Tip:
 

Try a Desktop Zen Garden

You know what can be stressful? Work. Too many to-dos. Boss breathing down your neck. Trying to be productive all the time. 

And how can you be your most productive when you’re over-stressed? 

Here’s an idea. Try taking mini mindfulness breaks using a desktop Zen garden. These teeny-tiny gardens bring moments of calm amidst the bustle of the day – and they look pretty, too. Have you ever tried one?

Routine Breakdown
 

Laila Ali, Boxing Champion, TV Host & Entrepreneur

Laila Ali

Retired boxing champ and daughter of the late great Muhammad Ali, Laila says consistency is key. She:

  • Loves morning protein shakes. Her go-to: vanilla protein powder, collagen powder (for healthy joints, hair, and nails), almond butter (for healthy fats), oat milk, cinnamon, and half a banana (some carbs for energy). 
  • Drinks plenty of water, aiming for 40 ounces throughout the morning.
  • Hits the home gym (sometimes in her pajamas).
  • Has her dogs by her side and incorporates them into her routine.

 

Why it works:

  • High-protein breakfasts help to increase muscle mass, regulate glucose, and more.
  • Hydrate! It benefits your cognition, mood, energy, and attention.
  • The best workout is the one you do! If that means you don’t get dressed, so be it. 
  • Pets aren’t just cute – they benefit your mental health.

 

Morning workouts don’t have to be long or complex to be effective. Here’s a 7-minute routine of Laila’s you can follow along with – in or out of your pajamas!

Nick Wooster

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.

Wayne Dyer

Wellness Tip:
 

Dance Like No One’s Watching

You know dancing is fun. You know it can help you get fit. But did you know it’s also great for mental health

A shimmy on the dancefloor can boost your mood and lower anxiety. It can lift your self-esteem. It can encourage social bonding and reduce feelings of pain.

Whether it’s a salsa class or a living room dance party for one—kick off your shoes and dance.

Productivity Tip:
 

Define Productivity

It’s easy to confuse being busy with being productive. Working all the hours in the world won’t make you productive if you’re working on the wrong things.

So, take a moment to reflect on what productivity looks like for you. Remember that it isn’t about getting more done; it’s about making time for the things that matter most.

This is why Panda Planner has space each day to record your top 3-5 priorities. Everything else—tasks, schedule, etc—happens downstream of those priorities. 

Once you know what matters for you, the rest falls into place.

Routine Breakdown
 

Nick Wooster, Fashion Consultant & Influencer

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Menswear icon Nick Wooster says morning is his favorite time of day. He

  • Rises early. “The earlier the better. If I’m getting up at six, that means I slept in.”
  • Makes the bed. “Every morning, without fail. It’s the first thing I do.”
  • Prays and meditates to help quiet his mind, then sets intentions for the day.
  • Goes to the gym 5 out of 6 days a week. He calls this the most important part of his morning. “It’s a lot like the meditation—it helps to mentally prepare.”
  • Has iced coffee and breakfast.

 

Why it works:

  • Getting up early is great if you can do it. Just follow Nick’s lead and go to bed early to compensate. (He aims for 6-8 hours sleep a night.)
  • Making your bed has mental health benefits.
  • Meditation is good for stress, immunity, memory, you name it—while setting intentions helps you stay on the path to your goals.

 

Nick says consistency is key: He’s had the same morning routine since 1995 when he got sober and changed to a morning person. “The great thing about today is that I take my time and enjoy the morning,” he says. Do you try to slow down in the mornings?