1. You'll Be Happier
Less time spent struggling to get yourself (and everyone else) organized in the morning also means less time sweating the small stuff. Less anxiety and stress. But it also leads to more time to yourself and your loved ones. More space to breathe. More time to sleep a little longer. More time to linger over coffee. More time to give that yoga session you've been thinking of trying, a go. More time to focus on how you're going to accomplish your goals for that day. More fulfillment. More time to actually live.
2. You'll Be More Successful
Researchers estimate that we make about 35,000 decisions a day. Of this number, around 226 of them are food-related, say scientists at Cornell University. Whether or not these numbers sound absurd, you have to admit: We do have to make a heck of a lot of decisions every hour of our day, and every call we make depletes our mental energy or willpower, resulting in decision fatigue. Not surprisingly, we tend to make more bad decisions as our willpower weakens throughout the day. This is why it's so important to minimize your A.M decision fatigue by having a routine that conserves, not depletes it.
3. You'll Lose Weight & Keep It Off
Remember the 226 food-related decisions we make every day? Yeah, well so it turns out that having some of your biggest meal decisions taken care of in the morning leaves you better equipped to make good ones (and less prone to making disastrous ones—bye-bye pizza binge!) later in the day. This means having a balanced meal ready for you to eat when your hunger pangs strike at 12PM. It means having a healthy snack on hand when your tummy starts rumbling at 4PM, making it easier for you to eat right, minimize your risk for mindless eating, get a flat belly and keep it that way.
4. You'll Do More With Your Day
Ever wish you had more than 24 hours in a day to get everything you need to get done, done? Yup, I thought so. The good news is, you don't need more hours — you just need to have a better morning. Research indicates that mornings are when people tend to be the most focused, driven, proactive and productive, making it the perfect time to maximize your ability to be effective in the course of your day.
5. Your Day Will Be More Meaningful
Setting aside as little as 10 minutes each morning to center yourself by meditating, visualizing or journaling will connect you to your desires, purpose and intentions, giving you the opportunity to design your day around them, instead of just going through the motions on autopilot. You're a human who wants to live a life of meaning and fulfillment, not a robot, so live like one!
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