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Five Highly Productive Habits towards Success

You often hear top CEOs wake up early in the morning at 5 a.m. and beginning their day by sorting out emails and making a checklist of things to do. Given the distractions in our life with online entertainment and other distractions, our plans and calendars can get off track. The following five practical tips from James Reinhart, co-founder of thredUp.com, will help you get you back on track. Your productivity levels will rise after incorporating these simple habits into your morning schedule.

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1)      Seven minutes of exercise: It’s just seven minutes of effort; short enough to pump up your energy levels and shake off any residual sluggishness from the night before. There are several fitness schedules to follow and you could zero in on 10 exercises that you love doing the most. Change the exercises every day so that you have some variety in feeling energetic every morning.

2)      Green start: We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That being said, don’t forget to include greens once in a while. A quick way to do this is to switch your morning coffee once in a while to a smoothie (which actually takes less time to make than a bagel with cream cheese).

3)      Three wins for the day: Set clear goals about achieving three things every day. Imagine having a positive answer to the question, “How was your day?” Decide on the three specific items that you’d like to accomplish in the next 12 hours in order for you to feel like the day was a success. Sure, not every day will be an epic win, but strategizing in this way will help you to move the ball forward.

4)      Block your calendar to achieve wins: Make sure you effectively use your time to accomplish your to-do lists. Keep post-it notes on your laptop or desktop to constantly remind you of the tasks. “For each of the big things on your list, block off the amount of time on your calendar that you estimate the task might take — and then add 33% more time just to be sure,” says Reinhart. Try and block time to accomplish each of the tasks. These simple hacks will help you be accountable and more responsible.

5)      Power up post-lunch: Meditate, take a quick nap, or go for a walk—basically choose any activity where you need to get away from your computer and determine what you need to achieve for the rest of the day. These 15 minutes will help you identify how you lagged behind and “rediscover a rhythm to be productive all day long.”

Apply these hacks to your life and achieve more productivity in 2015. For more, read http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230734.

Thanks for reading, and until next time… stay WISE!

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