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Evening Habits That Will Make You More Productive

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You no doubt have read numerous articles and tips of how you can be more productive every morning. Did you know that your evening habits are just as important, if not even more so as your morning routine! After all, your evening routine is a great way to set yourself up for the following day.

While I still highly recommend getting up early enough each morning to journal, read and do some exercise. The following evening habits are equally as important if you want to be more productive and get the most out of every day.

Read

While most people switch on their televisions as soon as they get home in the evening, to catch up on the latest talent show or soap opera. I highly recommend that you get into the more positive habit of reading for at least 30 minutes every evening. Do you have some great books that you haven’t read in years? Maybe you could dust them off and start reading them again! Or you could go online and invest in a few new books to start reading. Better still, you could always go to your local book store for some inspiration and pick up some great new books there. Almost every successful person is an avid reader. Reading is a great way to keep your mind healthy and sharp and also lower stress levels. So each evening, instead of reaching for the television remote control, reach for a great book.

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Reflect

“How was your day?” This is a popular question many of us get asked when we get home after work. But really, how was your day? Did you get all of your tasks done? Did you achieve your goals for the day? Did you come up with any ideas? How could today have gone better? What were your achievements?  Taking just a few minutes each evening to reflect on how your day went is a great learning and motivational tool. I use The Five Minute Journal, this wonderful journal has spaces for both the morning and the evening to keep you on track with your goals and tasks in a simple to use format.

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Relax

Many of us relax in different ways. For some it can mean walking or exercising in the gym, for others it may be a Yoga class helps them to unwind, for others it might be meditation is their favorite way to relax. Whatever works for you, do it! I like to mix things up, mostly I will exercise with some light weights at home or go for a fast walk in the local park and take in the fresh air. Other times I might use my singing bowl for five minutes or so to help me totally relax and unwind. Including time to relax each evening has so many benefits, from helping you to sleep better at night to helping to reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. 

Unplug

How often do you check your phone each day? According to comScore’s 2017 report, the average American adult (18+) spends 2 hours, 51 minutes on their smartphone every day. That’s about 86 hours a month! Why not get into the productive daily habit of not using your phone for a least an hour before you go to bed. This will help you to fall asleep quicker and free up more time to read, exercise and generally be more productive. It might seem tough to give up your phone before bed at first, but it will pay off in the long run.

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Prepare

Each evening, take just a few minutes to prepare a healthy lunch rather than going for the Footlong and a coffee option. Perhaps get into the habit of taking a few minutes each evening to get your clothes ready for the following day and perhaps ironing your shirt. This will free up more time in the morning, and also stop the mad morning dash to get ready before running out of the door.

Ditch The Coffee And Evening Snacks

Do you drink coffee in the evening? This habit is effecting how you sleep, feel and in turn how much rest that you are getting each night. If you constantly feel tired in the morning is it because you were up half the night watching Netflix helped with a steady flow of coffee? When you drink coffee in the evening or eat late-night snacks, it keeps you in the lighter stages of sleep and prevents you from falling into a deeper, more restorative sleep. You should get into the habit of not drinking coffee or snacking for least a few hours before your bedtime. 

Benefits of Evening Routine

As you can see, most of these tips are quite easy to include into your evening routine, and the productivity payoffs can be massive. By following these simple tips, you will be reading more books, you could be learning new skills and keeping your brain healthy and more alert. You will also be improving your general fitness, reducing any stress and anxiety. And by using a journal each evening, you will be keeping on target with your goals and tasks that need to be done each day. Finally, by following these simple evening habits you should also start to sleep better at night and generally feel more rested.

 

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life

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One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.

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Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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