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  • 18 May 2018
    Unless you work nights, how to start your day will determine whether you get through your to-do list and meet your goals or not. You may argue that you are not a morning person but, if your employer expects you in the office by 8 am or if you have a meeting scheduled for 7 am, you will have to show. This means that you need to shower, get dressed, maybe clean the dishes, or eat breakfast, get the kids to school, and show up in time. As an agile software development life cycle professional, here are some of the ideas you can employ to start your day off perfectly and not have to worry about the iron box you could have forgotten to switch off. Identify something you’d like to do Write down a list of things you’d like to do before you head out of the house. Perhaps you need to fix and eat a good breakfast, shower, do the dishes, prepare and drop off your kids at school or even do laundry. You should also write down a list of things that would make you happy if you did them in the morning. This could be meditating, going for a run, reading, playing an instrument or doing yoga. It doesn’t have to be a long list, and it shouldn’t be something that needs you to be awake for 3 or 5 hours to accomplish. Since mornings set the pace and tone for your day, you need to ensure that you don’t rush through things. So, whatever you think you should do, make sure it’s meaningful. For this to work, identify and prepare for the morning activity the night before. If you work for a company like Diamond and Diamond, this plan will keep you productive and able to take care of the big cases. Your list could have different categories like productivity, self-care, and health. Identify how much time you’ll need How long will it take you to read, meditate, eat breakfast, shower, or get your kids ready for school? Working backward from the time you need to be at work or heading out to that meeting, determine the time you should be out of bed. If your list is too long or you find that some days need more to be done than others, then you should prioritize. If spending a few minutes doing yoga makes you the best version of yourself, then do it and leave out other tasks. Also, note that breakfast is the best meal of the day and so, include time for breakfast unless you can eat elsewhere. Make it a routine The only way to make something habitual or routine is by doing it repetitively. Once you identify what you need to do in the morning, stick to the list so that it becomes a natural rhythm that forms a part of you.  You can only make changes as you go but, don’t make the change drastic. This also means waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends so that you have time to take care of everything you need fast. As you integrate the new routine, you will soon realize that some things do not work for you too well. Don’t be afraid to switch things up, swap activities, or do other things the night before. Don’t overthink it The morning routine only works if you don’t put too much thought into it. If you don’t have to think about it as much, then you won’t suffer from decision fatigue. And, it becomes easier to go for a run at 5 am. The first 7 days are the toughest. Lastly, we recommend that you do it consistently for at least 7 days, pushing yourself to make it to a month and then transform that routine into a lifestyle. Don’t forget to set your intentions for the day.
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  • Unless you work nights, how to start your day will determine whether you get through your to-do list and meet your goals or not. You may argue that you are not a morning person but, if your employer expects you in the office by 8 am or if you have a meeting scheduled for 7 am, you will have to show. This means that you need to shower, get dressed, maybe clean the dishes, or eat breakfast, get the kids to school, and show up in time. As an agile software development life cycle professional, here are some of the ideas you can employ to start your day off perfectly and not have to worry about the iron box you could have forgotten to switch off. Identify something you’d like to do Write down a list of things you’d like to do before you head out of the house. Perhaps you need to fix and eat a good breakfast, shower, do the dishes, prepare and drop off your kids at school or even do laundry. You should also write down a list of things that would make you happy if you did them in the morning. This could be meditating, going for a run, reading, playing an instrument or doing yoga. It doesn’t have to be a long list, and it shouldn’t be something that needs you to be awake for 3 or 5 hours to accomplish. Since mornings set the pace and tone for your day, you need to ensure that you don’t rush through things. So, whatever you think you should do, make sure it’s meaningful. For this to work, identify and prepare for the morning activity the night before. If you work for a company like Diamond and Diamond, this plan will keep you productive and able to take care of the big cases. Your list could have different categories like productivity, self-care, and health. Identify how much time you’ll need How long will it take you to read, meditate, eat breakfast, shower, or get your kids ready for school? Working backward from the time you need to be at work or heading out to that meeting, determine the time you should be out of bed. If your list is too long or you find that some days need more to be done than others, then you should prioritize. If spending a few minutes doing yoga makes you the best version of yourself, then do it and leave out other tasks. Also, note that breakfast is the best meal of the day and so, include time for breakfast unless you can eat elsewhere. Make it a routine The only way to make something habitual or routine is by doing it repetitively. Once you identify what you need to do in the morning, stick to the list so that it becomes a natural rhythm that forms a part of you.  You can only make changes as you go but, don’t make the change drastic. This also means waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends so that you have time to take care of everything you need fast. As you integrate the new routine, you will soon realize that some things do not work for you too well. Don’t be afraid to switch things up, swap activities, or do other things the night before. Don’t overthink it The morning routine only works if you don’t put too much thought into it. If you don’t have to think about it as much, then you won’t suffer from decision fatigue. And, it becomes easier to go for a run at 5 am. The first 7 days are the toughest. Lastly, we recommend that you do it consistently for at least 7 days, pushing yourself to make it to a month and then transform that routine into a lifestyle. Don’t forget to set your intentions for the day.
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