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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-(



Did we take life’s simple pleasures for granted?

The View From This Shore

“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

There was a time when all we needed to do, in order to relax was to switch on the TV and lounge on the couch. Nowadays, this very act means switching through a plethora of TV channels trying to desperately find something ‘good’ to watch, although we already know that something good isn’t there anymore. Once we get through the first fifty disappointing programs and then having the foreboding feeling of more disappointment to come, we go back to that one program we dismissed with the hopes of finding a better one, only to see that it is finishing already. The manual labour involved in watching modern…

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I don’t suffer from any critical illness.

I’m thankful that I don’t yet suffer from some debilitating illness that has left me in a crippled state.

Lately I’ve been approached by a few insurance agents to get health and life insurance plans. To make their point, they presented me with numbers and figures that were.. Eye-opening. While the facts were sobering, I have been under the “it won’t happen to me” mentality to keep myself from getting absorbed by the data.

Upon mulling over it slowly, I’ve come to appreciate the reason for my confidence. It’s because I’m fit and healthy now. And I’m just on the dawn of my second decade.

I’m thankful and grateful to whoever has contributed to my current state.