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Showing posts with label Self Motivation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self Motivation. Show all posts

Sunday, 18 September 2016

September 18, 2016

The 12 Principles Of Productivity

The 12 Principles Of Productivity

  Once you have defined Productivity and who you are, it is only then you can begin to look out for what should take your focus .
Below are the 12 principles of productivity to maximize your life.

The 12 Principles Of Productivity

1. The Principle Of Simplicity.
   To maximize productivity in your life and career, remember to always follow the simple path. All other things being equal, the simplest solution is always the best. Just keep it simple, stupid. it is not always the best to follow the complicated path when there is a simple alternative.

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2. The Principle Of Top 20 Percent.
   It is good to note that 80% of all output always comes from 20% of the inputs. This can be said in different ways.Like 80% of the wealth in the country is in the hands of 20% of the people. 80% of your success comes from 20% of your effort. 80% of your breakthroughs comes from 20% of your activities. If you can pitch your tent with those 20%, then productivity will be maximized.

3.The Principle Of Persistence.
   Many people want to become ''master'' at it the very first time they try. You cannot become a genius or an expert the first time you try. It is impossible to create a magnum opus the very first time you start.. it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in anything. Do take note of that.

4.The Principle Of Time Allocation.
   A job can be done promptly and it can also be over stretched. The time you create to do a job determines how long that job will take to complete. You must therefore be prudent with time. Allocate time well so that waste can be avoided.


5.The Principle Of Rest.
   On the seventh day of creation, God rested from all his works. All work with no play makes jack a dull boy. Do not over stretch your body. Believe in the principle of running away today in order to be alive to fight tomorrow. Rest allows your body to recuperate.

6.The Principle Of Capacity.
   No man can do beyond what he is capable of doing except by some supernatural means. So if you want to increase your productivity, then you must build up your capacity mentally, academically and spiritually.
The 12 Principles Of Productivity
7.The Principle Of Sufficient Information.
   What Information do you have about what you are doing? Sufficient information and instructions must be given and received before productivity can be seriously affected. You are not limited by your ignorance.

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8. The Principle Of Channels
   You may be good. Your company may have the very best of things. However, if your channel of giving out and taking in things is ineffective, your productivity will be affected. It is because of this that we unknowingly allow external forces to slow down our internal efforts.

9.The Principle Of Proportion.
   The quality of your input. ''The measure of you give shall be given back to you''. To increase your productivity therefore, you must increase your overall input.

10.The Principle Of Kind.
You produce what you are. If you want the fruit to be good, then make the tree good. 

11. The Principle Of Location.
  The magnitude of your level of production is also determined by your location. It is much more easier for an example to grow a church of 50,000 members in a city with population of 5 million than it is in a city with population of 200,000 people. It is easier to sell electric pressing Iron in a city where there is electricity than in a city with none. Your location matters.

12.The Law Of Environment.
  The type of environment you create for work is very important for productivity. What type of environment do you create in your place of work and in your home. A hostile environment will produce hostility. A romantic environment will produce romance. A spiritual environment will definitely produce spirituality.

Please drop your comments below.


Thursday, 15 September 2016

September 15, 2016

10 Ultimate Ways To Add Value To Your Life

  
10 Ultimate Ways To Add Value To Your Life

  Here are 12 ways on how to add value to life and also help you to be productive.

1.Take A Break.
  Maximize your most productive hours. You can't always be working at optimum productivity. Instead, you should shoot for working in short burst at your most productive times.
2. Set a Timer.
  For each of you task, it will protect you from putting all your eggs in one basket and leaving a lot of things undone.


3.Eliminate All Distraction.
  This includes making endless phone calls, text messages and emails.

4. Distraction .
  Distraction should be avoided, but sometimes a bit of music in the background can help you focus. Do not entertain aimless visitors who just come around to distract.

5.Love What You Do.
  Enjoying what you do is the ultimate way to increase your productivity. If it is impossible for you to love what you do, then plan for an immediate change. Holy passion is the fuel for success.


6.Go After The Difficult Task First.
 Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning.

7.Just Start.
 Often times, starting is the hardest part. Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours.

8.Everyone Has a Certain Time Of The Day In Which They Are Not Productive Than Others.
 For me , it's the morning. Find out when your prime time for your work schedule accordingly.

9. Keep A Notebook And Pen On Hand At All Times.
 This way, you can write down your thoughts, to dos and  ideas at any time. The key is to get everything out of head and into paper. This way, your subconscious mind won't be reminding you about it every other second.


10.Write A Blog To Chronicle Your Own Personal Development And Achievements.
  This keeps you accountable and always working towards self improvement and personal growth.

Please share your comments below.

September 15, 2016

How To Develop The Winners Mindset

  
How To Develop The Winners Mindset

  A certain man was nominated to represent his community for an event. On getting to the venue of the competition he found others that appeared to be better qualified. The first thing that came into his mind was fear of his inability to win the game.


Soon another person came along looking quite frail and without any good background. He does not even have all that was required for the event. Most of what he was putting on was borrowed. As soon as he arrived the venue he said thank God this is my chance. He held on to that confession, he was very confident in himself . Everyday he trained hard, he did not allow himself to be distracted by what others had.


  When it was time for the event he went to God and said" Great God, the time has come for you to proof your supremacy over nature. Today i have it recorded agin how you gain victory through me, thank you for making me a winner, he kept himself in the right frame of mind and continued to back it up with prayers and actions.
 The difference between a failure and a winner is that a failure is full of excuses and reasons for failures. He has a very low esteem and his passion and purpose is always lost in his inabilities. While a winner defines his purpose very well, his passion to deliver is his strong asset for his winning and he believes that his ability to become the best or getting his desired objectives lies within him.


Who Then Is A Winner?

  A winner is a person who emerges the best in a given task, having a big vision or great dreams does not make you a winner but achieving them. To become a winner is not automatic, it is something you work for.
  Winners live a life of sacrifice, they are not lazy. They take decisions and act on them.
Winners are self motivated, purpose driven, time conscious calculative, optimistic, courageous, proactive and focus minded people.

Please do share your thoughts about this Article.


Monday, 30 May 2016

May 30, 2016

6 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking

6 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking

 
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  Negative Thinking  is a misconception that drags many people down in their lives. it consumes and overwhelm the mind-set.
 Its a habit that can be challenged and changed through knowledge, strategy and behaviour. 
Inspired by Life Hack below are 6 ways to stop Negative Thinking-

1. Develop a consistent sleeping cycle
Negative thinking is a symptom of depression, and as such it is often exacerbated by a lack of sleep or an irregular sleeping cycle. The link between negativity, depression and sleep deprivation has been explored at length during numerous scientific studies, including the 2005 Sleep in America pools which discovered that subjects diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours each night.
To negate this and ensure that you are well-rested, you should commit to developing a healthy and sustainable sleep cycle over a prolonged period of time. This must enable you to achieve a full eight-hour sleep every evening, so create a routine based on the time that you need to rise for work in the morning.

2. Write down your Negative Thoughts in a Journal
The issue with negative thoughts is that they are usually formless and ambiguous in our minds, making them hard to quantify or resolve through verbal reasoning. They can also hide the real source of our angst, so it is important that we are able to process these thoughts and understand their various triggers.
The best way to achieve this is to write down your negative thoughts in a journal, translating them into words and affording them actual meanings. Start by recording your thoughts quickly and directly, as you focus on expressing yourself rather than attempting to phrase your thoughts logically. Once they have been committed to paper, you can then begin to review them and identify specific triggers or common themes.
This process also helps you to develop the habit of expressing your thoughts in an open manner, making it easier to manage relationships and resolve inter-personal issues.

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3. Stop thinking in extremes

Life is far from black and white, and those of a rational mind-set are able to factor this into their everyday thought processes. The same cannot be said for those who are prone to negative thinking, however, as these individuals tend to think in extremes and imagine the worst case scenarios when they are faced with a problem.
Unfortunately, this prevents you from embracing the subtle nuances of life and considering the positives that can be drawn from any situation.
In this respect, the key to challenging a negative mind-set does not lie in contriving a forced and completely positive mind-set. Instead, you should consider the various positive and negative possibilities that exist within any given scenario, committing these to paper and creating a list that can guide your thought processes. This will instantly afford your brain viable alternatives to the extreme negative, without forcing you to suddenly alter your mind-set in a moment.

4. Deal with facts and stop mind-reading

On a similar note, negative thinking also makes you incapable of dealing with any kinds of uncertainty. So when you are placed in a stressful or unfamiliar situation that has a potentially negative outcome, you have a tendency to pre-empt certain events and apply meanings to them without any significant facts. This can be described as mind-reading, and it is only likely to foster further negativity.
This can be easily resolved with a change in behaviour, as you look to gather facts and details relating to the situation and use these to make an informed judgement. The key is to start with a scenario and state all of the logical explanations in order of their relevance, using either a pen and paper or verbal reasoning. If a friend has not replied to a text immediately, for example, this could be due to a number of reasons such as their battery dying, their presence in a meeting at work or the fact that their handset is on silent and the message has not been read.

5. Accentuate the positive and embrace it when it does happen
One of the main issues with negative thinking is that it clouds your judgement at all times, even when a scenario ends with a positive outcome. This can either cause you to minimise the positive outcome and the impact that it has in your mind or prevent you from seeing any positivity at all.
Let’s say that you are afforded a pay-rise at work, for example, but one that is lower than some of your colleagues. Instead of focusing solely on this single negative element, it is far better to celebrate the offer of a pay-rise in the first instance and recognise the fact that there are others who have received less. This introduces perspective to any situation and provides definitive facts to contrast your negative thoughts.
Perception is the key here, as you look to view negative occurrences as temporary and specific rather than permanent and pervasive. Instantly look to balance a negative thought or observation with a contrasting positive, as this will enable you to get into the habit of developing a far greater sense of perspective.

6. Re-frame your circumstances and actively seek out positives
While there are scenarios that clearly deliver both positive and negative effects, there are others that may be instantly perceived as being wholly negative. This is the worst nightmare for anyone who is prone to negative thinking, as they are presented with a situation which feeds their pessimistic mind-set and offers no immediate hope of resolution.
The way to resolve this is to actively seek out positives, initially by re-framing the circumstances and reconsidering a perceived problem as a potential opportunity. So rather then focusing on what you may be missing out on, why not list the other things that you can achieve while waiting for your flight? Whether you complete work tasks or enjoy some relaxed retail therapy, the key is to distract yourself from negative thoughts by searching for positive resolutions and optimising your time.

credits Life Hack

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

May 24, 2016

Motivation - 40 Things To Do Before You Turn 50

50 is a critical age that we’re only left with half of the time, if we’re fortunate enough to live to 100.

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  Though all of us have plenty of dreams and goals, it usually ends up with nothing done. And a number of us end up just fulfilling what others want, but not what we truly enjoy. 50 is a critical age that we’re only left with half of the time, if we’re fortunate enough to live to 100. So why not do what you want and what can make you happy as soon as possible?

Here are 40 inspiring things that worth a try before you turn 50.

 1. Go to see your favorite Music band.

 2. Forgive someone from your past.
 Holding on to bitterness is like buying poison and taking it yourself, so forgive them – even if it is only for your benefit.

3. Cut out any Bad friends you have.
 They will never change, and you don’t need that negativity.
  
4.  Go on Vacation with your best friends. 
Even if it is just one night away in the country it will be memorable, hilarious and fun.

5.Go on a Journey by yourself.
 You can spend the day doing exactly what you want, and you will fall in love with being alone all over again.
  
6.  Forgive your parents for any mistakes they made while raising you. 
No-one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes.

7  Go get a massage after a stressful day.
 You deserve it!

8. Buy coffee or lunch for someone who is in need it. 
You will both feel better afterwards.
  
 9. Read the latest books that everyone is always talking about.

  10.  Go out for a meal by yourself. 
Wear an outfit you love, order your favorite meal and leave whenever you are ready – bliss.

 11. Volunteer for a good cause that is close to your heart.

 12. Watch your favorite movie once again.

 13.  Complete a physical challenge, from a marathon to doing 10 push-ups.

 14.Quit that job you hate.

 15 Make something from scratch.
 It feels amazing to create something beautiful by yourself.

 16. Learn a foreign language.
 It will make traveling easier, and it will expand your world perspective.

 17.Find a phrase or quote that moves you and make it your personal mantra.
 Say it to yourself every day whenever you feel stressed or nervous.

 18.Watch the sunset. It may be a cliché
but it really is beautiful and awe-inspiring.

19.Conquer the fear that you have struggled with for a long time.
 Fear only holds you back!

20.Treat yourself to something expensive.
 It is okay once in a while – you deserve to own something that makes you feel happy!

21.Send your parents flowers and tell them that you love them.

22.Write a letter to your partner or child to tell them how much you love and care for them. Everyone deserves to feel loved sometimes, and they will keep the letter for years to come.

23.Make the effort to like something you currently dislike, like a music genre or mushrooms – you could find out that you actually love it!

24.Grow a plant from a seed.

25.Visit all of your country’s historical landmarks. It will help you to learn more about your country, and you will be inspired by the beautiful things you see.

26.Apply for your dream job
You never know what will happen!

27.Be a mentor for someone you know. 
It could be a work college, a friend or someone in your family – there are people everywhere who are looking for help and advice.

28. Go without technology for a week
You will enjoy a very peaceful and tranquil week
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29. Do something that you may regret later.  
Sometimes the best things happen when we decide to take a risk.

30.Spend a night camping under the stars.

31.Start your own business.

32. Live somewhere that is totally different to your home town.
 This will broaden your horizons and help you to understand alternative perspectives.

33.Quit a bad habit, e.g. eating too much at a time.

34. Email your hero to let them know how much they mean to you. Even if they never read it, you will feel better for writing it.

35.Make a fool of yourself without feeling embarrassed.
  
36. Go for a picnic on your own.  
You’ll learn to enjoy yourself.

37.  Read jokes and laugh until your ribs hurt.

38.  Print out your favorite photos and put them in frames around your home.

39. Learn something you’ve never imagined before.

40. Forgive yourself, for what you’ve regretted doing.

courtesy-lifehack

Saturday, 14 May 2016

May 14, 2016

13 Things Mature Men Don't Do In a Relationship

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   The truth is that once you’ve stepped into your mid-20s you should have gained enough life experience to be able to behave like a mature adult.
   Being a confident individual who knows a thing or two about life, understands that others depend on him and has his priorities straight, a mature man will never exhibit behaviors associated with inexperienced, immature and weak people. Here are the things that mature men don’t do.
Here are the things that mature men don’t do in a relationship based on life hack-

1. They don’t let fear keep them from achieving happiness and success
   Fear – whether it be fear of failure, fear of being reprimanded or fear of being rejected – is something that keeps most men back. Living in fear means being docile and never seizing big opportunities, which can negatively impact your career, love life, interpersonal relationships and mental well-being. A mature man knows that fear is always present, but he knows who to deal with it.
  He doesn’t hesitate to put himself out there and take some risks, particularly when the only consequence to taking an action will be a slightly bruised ego or a bit of discomfort. Mature men live on the very edge of their comfort zone and take frequent trips into the wilderness that lies beyond that edge.

2. They don’t go do things just to please others
  You often see young guys who start working out to impress girls, men who read up on wine tasting or art just so others perceive them as classy, and you also have those who go out of their way to come across as smart, so that their boss and coworkers will respect them more. Mature men are not motivated by what others think, their actions are motivated by a sincere desire to improve, learn and develop in a direction that they themselves have chosen.
   They train to be healthier and stronger, they read books and take classes to expand their knowledge and develop skills in areas that they find useful or interesting. In other words, they know who they are and what they want, and although they respect others’ opinions, they are only governed by what they believe is the best choice.

3. They don’t create an idealized image of a woman in their mind
  Many relationships fall apart when immature men realize that the image of the ideal woman that they have put on a pedestal and have been admiring all this time doesn’t really sync up with reality. Many guys go from zealous admiration to misguided misogyny when their deluded expectations aren’t met by real women.        Women are just like men – they have their strengths and weaknesses, admirable traits and forgivable faults, desires and fears. A mature man knows this and feels much more at ease with women, seeing them as his equal, and can thus develop sincere and healthy relationships.

4. They don’t get baffled by a woman’s words or actions
  Even though mature men treat women as equals, they are aware of the simple fact that men and women are fairly different on a number of levels – e.g. from a biochemical, psychological and social standpoint. We are brought up differently and our brains are wired differently, and a mature man understands that women communicate, argue and are emotionally affected by things differently than men are.
  This is why such a man is not easily baffled or angered by a woman’s words or actions, and is more than capable of seeing things from a different perspective and picking up on subtle cues – it’s not about mind reading, just about developing a deeper understanding of the female psyche and body language cues.

5. They don’t hold grudges
  Arguments will happen between family members, friends, lovers and coworkers, it is inevitable if you spend a lot of time with someone. However, a clear sign of maturity is the ability to cool off after an argument and let go of all the negative feelings. You will hear the phrases “I’m sorry,” “forgive me, I was wrong to do that,” “oh, just forget about it, it’s nothing, really,” and “water under the bridge” spoken by mature men, as they give and receive apologies and move on with their lives. Harboring resentment will poison your relationships and lead to unhappiness.

6. They don’t feel insecure about their appearance and style
   Another big issue many men have is that they feel insecure about the way they look, dress and act. Insecurities lead to fear, anxiety and anger, which will negatively affect your life in many different ways. Insecure men are afraid to experiment with fashion as they don’t want to be considered feminine, and they don’t feel comfortable in their own shoes.
   The world has evolved, and fashion sensibilities have drastically changed. There are a number of fashion accessories that can be worn by both sexes, and you don’t even have to sacrifice utility for style. A mature man is confident in his appearance and unique fashion sense, and doesn’t care about a few people disapproving or making negative comments.

7. They don’t distance themselves from their family
  As the years go by and we mature, keeping strong family ties becomes more apparent. There are some instances where it is not possible for a family to stay close, but most of us can afford to spend a bit more time with our parents, relatives, wife, and kids. Quality family time strengthens bonds and a mature man sees himself as being part of a larger codependent group.

8. They don’t allow people to bully them
  There is a difference between being confrontational and being assertive, and it is not something that immature guys really understand. Mature men have the self-respect, self-control and confidence to set and enforce boundaries – if others try to push too far and bully them, these men will stand their ground and project a strong dominant energy. They cannot be coerced into doing something that they don’t want to do, nor will they sit by and let someone walk all over them. There is no need for them to resort to violence or shouting in most cases, as they can solve problems by standing tall and speaking up for themselves in a strong stern voice.

9. They don’t moan and despair when faced with challenges
  Defeatism and moaning are things that a mature man sees no need for, and has no time for. When faced with challenges this type of man will remain collected, even helping calm others and keeping their spirits up, and work on finding the right solution. Often sacrifices have to be made and plenty of hard work put into solving big problems, but this is not something that men should shy away from. It is a simple rule that these men abide by – either put forth a constructive solution or stay quiet until you can find one. This makes the people around them feel safe and stay positive.

10. They don’t see their job as something boring that they have to put up with
While some people just view their jobs as something they need to push through mindlessly, so that they can go home and do what they want, the mature way of going about it is to give your best at your job and look for opportunities to improve and take your career to the next level. Mature men realize that others depend on them, so their career is a very big priority. Constantly improving and striving to earn more so that you can provide for your loved ones and still be able to afford some luxuries that will make you happy – this is the goal that these men set for themselves.

11. They aren’t afraid to take action and make difficult decisions
  There will be times in everyone’s life where hard decisions need to be made, and to overcome adversity you often need quick thinking and the ability to take action at the right moment. A mature man will make reservations in advance when he wants to take his date out out, talk to his boss about a promotion opportunity, sit his friends down and talk them out of doing something stupid even if it means that they will get mad at him, put himself in danger to protect his loved ones or sacrifice his comfort to ensure their happiness.  This doesn’t mean that mature men always know exactly what to do or have the ability to handle any situation, but they will try to the best of their ability to ensure a favorable outcome.

12. They don’t set unrealistic goals
  Some people will often get disappointed and quit because they have set unrealistic goals for themselves, right from the start and are then unable to achieve them. An important aspect of maturity is being able to correctly gauge your capabilities and be honest with yourself, which allows mature men to set more realistic goals. They are patient enough to dedicate themselves to slowly making progress in the long run and understand that the ultimate goal isn’t attaining quick results, but sustainable results
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13. They don’t let their ego get the best of them or act on impulse
  In the end, the mark of a truly mature man is his ability to keep his ego under check and actually think things through before doing something. They understand that their actions might have undesired consequences and look past the immediate moment, planning their actions by anticipating what is to come, like an experienced chess player.
  For example, they know that going on a shopping spree will put them in dire financial straits come the end of the month or that holding a grudge and starting a fight over little things will only make them feel miserable in the end.

And there you have it – the things that a man must learn not to do before he can be considered a mature adult. No one is perfect, and we could all probably work on some of these things in our own lives, striving to become better men overall.


courtesy-Life Hack

Thursday, 5 May 2016

May 05, 2016

Self Motivation - 10 Things Successful People Engage in Before Breakfast

  Have you ever thought that your day could go better if you only knew how to start it? Beginning the day on the right foot usually means the difference between a day full of wasted opportunities and a day brimming with possibilities.
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  Prioritizing your most important tasks for the beginning of the day is critical in finding professional success.
  If you truly want to follow in the footsteps of the most successful people, you need to realize that time is a precious commodity. Take advantage of every moment of your day. Inspired by Life hack below are the 10 things successful people Engage in before breakfast.-

1. They wake up early.
  Time has the strange tendency of running away from you, and successful people often watch their days become consumed by phone calls, meetings, and emergencies from the moment they walk into the office. Early mornings, on the other hand, are much easier to control. This is why some of the most successful people in the world wake up before the sun rises, squeezing as much time out of their day as they can.
  Vanderkam polled 20 executives, and found that 90 percent of them wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays. For example, Disney CEO Bob Iger gets up before 4:30 a.m. every day to read, and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is up even earlier, at 4 a.m.

2. They express gratitude.
  When you wake up and open your eyes, do you think about how grateful you are, or do you moan about having to get started with another day? Some of the most successful people begin their day by reflecting on how good they have it, not on how stressful and terrible the day ahead will be. Positive reflection helps you correctly set your attitude before your feet even hit the floor, paving the way for an optimistic and enthusiastic day at work. According to a pharmaceutical executive Vanderkam interviewed, this intentional show of gratitude gives her a clear vision of not only her own day, but of her staff’s as well.
  Sebastian Juarez, CEO and cofounder of eTips, agrees with this. He says that when he wakes up, he tries “to think on simple things that I am truly grateful for, like having such a great family, living in a beautiful place, anything I can be thankful for. That helps me a lot on having a positive attitude during the day.”

3. They find a purpose for the day.
  If you want to lead a fulfilling day, it has to have purpose. This should be something that goes beyond your normal to-do list as an executive, and be that “thing” that gets you really jazzed up and excited for the day. At the end of the day when you’re reflecting on what you’ve done, it should be something that makes you feel that you’ve accomplished a lot in just a little time.
  Gary Rawding, chairman and CEO of myServiceForce, tries to do this every day. “It is the thing that gets me excited,” he says, “and at the end of the day makes me feel satisfied. I like to have that ‘thing’ even before I get out of bed. That makes the day a blast.”

4. They make their beds.
  Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, says that making your bed every morning is correlated with increased productivity. This is a “keystone habit,” he writes, that will set off a chain reaction of other good habits. In other words, making your bed doesn’t magically make you get more work done, but it does set the day up for increased productivity and motivation. It only takes a moment or two, but it can yield hours of increased productivity throughout the day.
  As even more evidence of the power of bed-making, Psychology Today’s Judy Dutton says that people who make their beds are “more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested, whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired.”

5. They list what they want to accomplish for the day.
  You can’t properly face the day unless you’re armed with the knowledge of what’s in store and what you need to get done. By outlining what needs accomplished, you can set yourself up for a day of success and productivity, instead of playing catch-up with all of the things you’ve forgotten about. Planning your day early in the morning helps stay you on track once your hectic work hours have set in.
  You can create your checklist on a simple piece of paper, or you can use Evernote or some other GTD app. The most important thing here is consistency in making sure you do it every day. As you complete tasks, check them off so you know what you’ve accomplished and what’s left to do.
  Kacie Gonzalez, Vice President of Business Development for Shoto, says this list should include not just work-related things, “but also personal tasks like trying that new class at the gym or cooking dinner.” She points out that before beginning a new list for the day, you should look over the previous day’s list to see what didn’t get finished. That way, you won’t forget about it, because it will still be on your radar.

6. They read a newspaper.
  Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, starts every day with a cardio workout, and then reads the newspaper and watches CNBC. Virgin America CEO David Cush listens to sports radio and reads the newspaper while he’s on the stationary bicycle at the gym.
  It doesn’t matter if you read the newspaper or check Twitter from your phone, or get the news from a diner booth or your living room sofa, if you have a pre-breakfast routine that includes scanning the latest headlines, you’re standing in good company with most successful people.

7. They do a first check of their email

  Some time management gurus say you should procrastinate on your email as long as possible, but a recent survey found that the first thing most executives do in the morning is an email check. It might just be a quick browse of your inbox for messages that need your immediate attention, or maybe it’s a good opportunity to compose a few important emails. Either way, tackling it early means you can better focus on your inbox and what needs your attention while your mind is fresh.
  Think seriously about this. Can you properly organize your day if you don’t know what needs to be done? By zeroing out your inbox early, you can better plan what stills needs to be accomplished. The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin points out that getting her inbox cleared from the start makes it easier to focus on more challenging projects later on in the day.

8. They spend time connecting with their spouses
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  Mornings are usually the best time to connect with your spouse. By the time evening rolls around you’re already exhausted from the day’s activities, and you might even be more tired after taking care of dinner. Then, of course, you’ll want to unwind a bit before going to bed. That’s why many successful people make sure they spend time connecting with their partners as part of their morning ritual.
  Vanderkam points out that while this early morning connection could certainly take a frisky turn, it doesn’t have to. One executive she spoke with commutes into New York City from the suburbs every morning, using the hour-long trip to talk about their lives, plans for the week, household to-do lists, finances, and other important topics.

9. They clear their minds with meditation exercises.
  This one may sound a bit “New Agey”, but the theories behind it are definitely sound. Successful people typically have ‘Type A’ personalities, and demand as much from others as they do from themselves. This can make it difficult for them to break ties with their mental to-do lists, so they need some way to reduce the mental clutter. Many successful people, for this very reason, center themselves for the rush of the day with a morning meditation or prayer.
  Manisha Thakor, a former corporate executive and current financial advisor, finds that meditation to clear her mind works wonders for her productivity. In fact, she has found the routine to be “one of the most life-enhancing practices” she’s ever adopted.

10. They meet up with people for coffee.

  If you want to make it home for dinner but still need to network with people, having coffee or breakfast before heading into the office is a great choice. A networking breakfast is less disruptive to your day than lunch, and Vandermkam points out they’re also more likely to stay work-oriented than cocktail parties.