Birthday Resolution

34Tomorrow is my birthday!!! Yay! What’s the one thing I want to gift myself??! Morning Discipline! My mornings used to ROCK! I would get up (sometimes at 5 am), drink a cold glass of water (because they said so), listen to Joyce Meyer or read while I get my heart pumping for the recommended 30 minutes a day, have breakfast with the perfect portion of PCB (protein-carbs-fat), shower, get dressed (clothes laid out the night before), grab my perfectly thought out lunch (also packed the night before) and then head out the door! My mornings were black and white. They flowed without me even having to think about it and I LOVED IT. Then I started working from home and my mornings became gray – very gray! I would roll out of the bed around 7:30 am, unconsciously snack on any and everything throughout the day, watch random talk shows during my “lunch hour”; oh, and showering getting dressed became a rarity: my  wardrobe consisted entirely of pajamas – in plaid, blue and gray.

Now that I’m going into the office everyday, I realize how much I miss my morning routine. 😦 So that’s my Birthday Resolution: Morning Discipline! and I plan to start it tomorrow – the most perfect day of the year! I just read an article at Lifehacker, discussing how morning habits can make or break your day, which got me thinking about making this much needed change:

98782b44bc802ff85bb6cee68929dfd9Rituals [or routines] allow us to navigate our imperfect worlds, and create structure in a reality that is often structureless. So while the repetitive chants of the monk may seem superfluous in a modern age, these rituals have an indirect use in creating a structure for living our lives.  I’m trying to treat my morning routines the same way. Eating healthy isn’t about nutrition. Exercising isn’t about being in shape. Not hitting the snooze button isn’t about getting an extra fifteen minutes about my day. Instead these are morning rituals that I strive to perform because performing them creates a structure. That structure carries throughout the day and makes the habits of getting my work done and not procrastinating a little easier.

Entrepreneur magazine says it only takes 5 minutes to become a morning person, get started here!

Post-It Note Goes Digital

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Pink, Yellow, Green and Blue Post-it Notes are synonymous with the workplace. Most frequently, we use them in collaborative sessions to capture ideas, thoughts and display them for everyone to see. We also “group” them by common themes – a tactic I recently saw used in a sorority meeting. 3M, maker of the brightly-covered square paper notes, introduced an iOS app called Post-it Plus App. Typically someone, the facilitator, would collect these thoughts and send them out for the entire gourd to see, which could take days! The 3M app allows you to create virtual groups where people can share (i.e. post) ideas. You can then share the content via PDF, EXCEL, PPT or JPG – an immediate way to “keep the momentum going”. Check it out in the app store (iOS only)! This is definitely a productivity win!