Six simple rituals:

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh.

2. Define your top 3. Every morning ask yourself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” Prioritizes your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete.

3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.

4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress.

5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness. Each morning, think of at least five things you’re thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on these things.

6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Asks yourself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?”

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(Source: Fast Company)

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Your politics have an even bigger problem when…

“Your politics have an even bigger problem when the people they’re supposed to be about become afraid to describe our real-life experiences for fear of angering the echo chamber. And when we become afraid to describe our real-life experiences, that reinforces your idea that our real-life experiences don’t actually exist, which reinforces the idea that you’re right, which makes you feel even more justified in attacking anyone who happens to contradict you for any reason at all.

I hate this. I hate it because I am afraid to say certain things about my life. Because I don’t know if I have the strength to handle the consequences if I do. Because I understand—I more than understand—why the echo chambers believe as they believe. I understand what’s at stake. I understand why it’s so easy to believe that contradiction is a threat to your life, because in some areas, it almost, sort of, can be. And yet I also understand what’s at stake when all of us little people on the ground aren’t allowed to talk about our lives.
And there’s more at stake there than you think. When we can’t have a conversation,when we can’t bring our little packages of our truth from our lives to the table, and unwrap them together, and look at them, and learn from each other, without judgement,then something is dying, and something has died, and something is dead. And your entire echo chamber smells of rotting flesh.  But we are still alive.”

— Mel Baggs, “Your Politics Have a Problem When They Contradict the Real-life Experiences of the People They’re Supposed to Be About”

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