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A few possible ways to kickstart your mornings

A few possible ways to kick-start your mornings

It’s definitely true that workdays are more productive when you hit the ground running.

On some days, I feel like getting up and reaching for the stars. I slip on something I feel confident in, grab my favourite over-priced coffee from the cafe near work, and walk my way to the office with all the swagger I can muster.

On other days, it feels like a Herculean task to just get my weary body off the bed. What to wear? That’s a question that sends me into an infinite loop. Breakfast? Yea, I’ll just have lunch straight. Walking into the office reminds me of being herded into the classroom back in in primary school.

Here’s an article that I chanced upon, that summarises a few things you could do to make your mornings more like the former scenario than the latter.

In short:

  1. Inspire your body – Stretch your body and take a few deep breaths right after you wake up.
  2. Inspire your mind – Wake up and have a set of goals ready for the day. Read them out loud. Really believe in them.
  3. Ignore emails and messages – DON’T reach for the phone first thing after your eyes open. (I plead guilty!) The emails and messages can wait until you’re getting some breakfast.
  4. Fuel your body – With GOOD breakfast, and this includes the coffee!
  5. Fuel your mind – Listen to some uplifting and motivational music on the way to work.
  6. Be upbeat, not annoying – It’s your responsibility to be enthused in the morning. It’s not your responsibility to go about smearing enthusiasm in everybody else’s faces.
  7. Do something important first – Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty first, get the ball rolling with a big-ticket item in your goals list first. Refer to #2 above.

With the help of these cues, your Mondays (and other days too)  should hopefully go from http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7121/7599261196_7483a22bee.jpg

OH God.. Monday X-(

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Why do youngsters get so much gratification from virtual games? Why do so many of us consider the world of these games to be just as big, if not bigger, than our real lives?
Why did I feel so much more of a rush playing an online game when I was younger, as compared to now?

Case in point – 15 yr old me obsessing over Tribal Wars vs. 22 yr old me picking up the game after a 6 year hiatus.

The younger me was literally obsessed with playing this online game at every chance I got. I’d get up early in the mooning, rush home after school, and even stay up till late in the night to play this strategy – based game. The me now got reminded of it by a classmate from school, and decided to give it a shot. Somehow, the excitement levels just aren’t the same. There is nostalgia, but not that passion which was bordering on addiction.

I’d like to think it’s because now I know/realise there are bigger sources of accolades, more meaningful sources of that rush than such games and the achievements that come along with them.

I guess as we grow older and wiser, our view of the world expands. We understand more things, realise more truths, accept more facts than before.

While the gratification that a game offers is constant (level up a character, successful attacks, more resources, etc.. ), to the 13 year old who’s engrossed in the world of his/her favourite computer game, these sources of gratification means so much more than to someone who has more avenues of his/her real life that can provide a similar sense of good-feels.