Little Known Ways To Wake Up Productive

One of the biggest challenges that I have, and have heard from others, is the inability to wake up productive and motivated. I’ve experimented with many different methods, read a lot of books and articles looking for the “same truth” in every suggestion and I’m going to list some things that have worked for me.

As always you should be a scientist with these methods and test them for yourself. We each have a unique set of obstacles to deal with when we wake up in the morning (kids, meal prep, scheduling changes, weather conditions, traffic, etc…) and these are just a few ways to make yourself more functional and efficient in the morning.

Prepare Your Mind The Night Before

I’ve been experimenting with listening to positive and productive lectures before bedtime. These lectures come in the form of Youtube videos, podcasts and recordings that come in formats that predate the digital revolution lol.

What I’ve been noticing is how I Feel in the morning when I do this and comparing that feeling to the mornings I don’t. I feel more focused, motivated to tackle my challenges and the negative chatter that I usually have is at a bare minimum if present at all.

This is due to the programming I’ve done to my subconscious the night before. If you go to sleep with thoughts of positivity, productivity and the notion to embrace the challenges ahead, it keeps the negative self defeating inner talk at bay.

Here are one of my favorites to listen to

If you can’t find anything to listen to that motivates you, it’s perfectly okay. Reach for a book if you prefer quiet reading before bed.

Prepare Your Body The Night Before

A calm mind Always makes for a much better night sleep.

How do you calm your mind?


Most of the time when people think of meditation, they think of an elaborate setting of sitting in a difficult position trying to levitate and make their body glow to perfection.

In reality meditation is the absence of thought and the chaotic noise that usually occupies the mind. This noise can often reach an unbearable pitch when we lay down at night to sleep.

A simple meditation can involve focusing on your breathing and nothing more. You don’t have to get into a lotus position in a silk garment (although if you have a silk garment and feel like it will put you in a better mental space, by all means do so).

Just breathe in and out, calm your mind and do your best to empty your thoughts.

Have you ever heard of the ancient meditative practice of Chi Gong?

If not….check out this video!

Pre-empt Your Unpredictability

“Chance favors the prepared mind.”

-Louis Pasteur

When I was a kid, my mother was always telling me to get my clothes laid out for school in the morning.

Imagine how I felt, being right in the middle of a difficult part of my favorite video game, being told stop what I’m doing and start ironing and folding!

Then I have to get my lunch ready (or make sure my lunch money was in my pocket), pack up my book bag and sit it at the door, and finally straighten up my room.

Crazy, right?!


What she was doing was teaching me to be prepared for the morning so it wouldn’t be a struggle. The more I prepared myself the night before, the more productive I could be in the morning, thereby lessening my challenges.

It’s easy to forget that those simple things that work so well in childhood, can work just as well in adulthood. So…..

-Prepare your clothes

-Do your meal prep

-Check the weather

….Whatever your life situation calls for you to be more prepared at the top of the morning, do so.

Get In Front Of Your Time, Not Behind It

Waking up productive can happen a lot simpler when you take control of your time in the morning. The ideas mentioned above can be executed a lot easier when you take control of your time in the morning.

Trying new things can take time to become second nature, so it will be a good idea to set your alarm clock earlier than you normally would.

The most perfect plans in history have not gone off without a hitch, so why should yours?

With this being said, you have no idea how your new strategies are going to effect what you and everyone else are used to. So give yourself an extra 30 minutes in the morning to make adjustments on the fly if need be.

Not only is this a benefit to your execution, it gives you a feeling of tranquility.

Here’s an example:

How often have you found yourself “ahead” of schedule?

Do you notice the feeling you get when you have ample time to do something your either close to completing or have already completed?

The feeling of ease that comes over you is priceless!

I remember how that used to feel in college when I had an assignment done with 2 weeks left to spare.

In Conclusion…

Waking up productive can set the tone for your day and, when done consistently, your daily life.

Start small.

Tonight before you go to bed, read or listen to something with a positive message. Something that you know your soul needs to hear before you shut it down for the night.

It could be just one paragraph, a page or, if you’re really feeling the vibe, a chapter.

Then, set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than your normally wake up.

When you wake up in the morning with that extra 10 minutes, do something to set the tone for your day (meditation, more positive reading, sit in silence and reflect on what you’re thankful for)…..

And observe the difference.

What are some ways you use to wake up productive?

Let me know!

The Importance Of Home Comfort

The subject of home comfort seems to be a subject that is not discussed much. Sure you have television shows on channels like HGTV that cater to the idea of making a home look nice and neat (very important to me by the way), hospitable for guests and good enough for family when they come to visit.

But I wanted to touch on the importance of making your home a sanctuary and comfort place from the outside world.

It’s important, especially in these times we are in, to have a home in which you can turn off the noise and really hone into yourself. A place where you can meditate, be in silence, be comfortable and find peace after a long battle with the ills of society.

How often do you get home after a long day of work, running errands or dealing with an issue, only to come home to more of what you just left in the outside world?

How many times have you pulled into your driveway and had to just sit there for a second because you know as soon as you open the door, More is going to be demanded of you?

If you are a parent, your kids need to be fed, the house most likely needs to be straightened up, the garbage needs to go out and maybe even the dog needs to be walked and catered to.

If you are a parent And have a spouse, you need to do all of the above in addition to having some quality time with your significant other. On top of that, you might have even brought work home with you!

Sometimes it can be too much to deal with, which is why you need to do all you can to make your home a comfortable sanctuary of peace and harmony.

Set Your Boundaries and Enforce Them

Whether you live alone, have a roommate or have a family, boundaries must be set. If you want to have a comfortable home, you have to hold yourself and everyone accountable to do their part.

Try different methods and see which one helps you accomplish this goal.

One day, try coming in and don’t turn anything electrical on for the first hour (except for light if need be). Just come in, take a seat and breathe for a little while before you do anything else.

This will give you time to gather yourself and think about what it is you would like to do for the rest of the evening without being frantic about it.

You will need help from your old friend Discipline with this one, especially if you don’t live alone. Make sure you and everyone are on one accord for peace, comfort and tranquility.

Work On Your Optics and Surroundings

What makes for a good hotel room? A nice car ride? A pleasurable shopping experience?

Outside of treatment and service, Optics. How the place looks and feels to you.

Well…these same qualities are going to apply to your home and its comfort level for you.

Straighten up your home daily. I’m saying daily because a little each time is better than a lot in one sitting. Get some nice visuals that YOU like and put them everywhere. This means everything from pictures of loved ones, nature sounds, meditation tools, visuals that reinforce tranquility, to the colors that you like.

This is YOUR home we’re talking about so spoil yourself in the name of your health and wellness!


I will touch on this quite often in the future, but this is a great way to get started. Where you lay your head and place your ass means a lot in this world. Society can have a way of eating away at your peace, taking taking taking and not giving anything back.

So you owe it to yourself to guard your home as your last line of defense.

What are some ways you use to maintain peace and tranquility in your home?

How have you successfully maintained home comfort?

Let me know!

Cleanliness – The Power of Organization

I feel like I have always been an organized person, or someone who wanted to be.

There would be times in school when I had my brand new binder, folders, notepads, pens, pencils, dividers and I was all set for the new school year.

But then the same thing would happen all of the time.

By the middle of the first quarter (in NY we went by quarters), I would have 2 folders left, a couple of pencils, no pens, I hadn’t used 1 divider and all of my class work for 5 different classes was scattered all over my binder.

This would happen repeatedly until I would stop everything and say “I have to get organized!”

One day it clicked in my head that what I was really doing was starting a vicious cycle all over again. I couldn’t keep going at my problem like this only to end up in the same position.

The first thing I would always have to do is clean everything. Once I did that I was able to focus on my organization.

And that was IT!

Cleanliness is the key to staying organized.

Sure things are going to get messy and dirty and out of sync. But to reverse those things always involves cleaning up first.

So, if getting back in sync involves cleaning up first, why not just work clean and organized from the start?

It’s easier said than done, but it’s possible.

Next time you take on a project, settle into a new living space or move into a new work environment, keep cleanliness in mind. This is not to say that you have to become like Howard Hughes in his last days of paranoia and neurosis, counting dust mites and such, but just being mindful of your tasks, your tools and your environment.

Your Tasks

What are they?

Do they have a deadline?

Have you set completion goals?

Are your goals realistic? (This matters for your sanity)

Your Tools

What are you working with to accomplish what’s in front of you?

Are these “tools” helping or hindering?

If they are hindering, is there a way to improve on them?

Your Environment

Is it conducive to you accomplishing your goals?

Is it possible for you to stay organized in your current environment?

If not, can you improve on it? Can you change it altogether?

The Point Is….

Cleanliness is the key that could finally help you get and stay organized. If you already are a clean person, you understand the value.

If you are a person who thrives in clutter and chaos, maybe this is a perfect time to try something different. Worst case scenario, you’ll know where everything is when you actually need it lol.

Think about how it would feel to wake up in the morning and know EXACTLY what you need to do, where everything is, where to start, how you should end, all while doing everything methodically and with purpose.

Watch how your daily moods change as a result of the clarity you have because you are clean and organized.

It’s not a tall order unless you are someone who thrives in “chaos”.

But think about this….

If you funnel and control your chaos, will that make things better? Or worse?

What are some of your most effective ways of staying organized?

Determination – The Force of Your Health and Wellness

Determination is defined as: Firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

Your health and wellness journey needs to be driven by your determination to want to live a healthy life.

If you have been a victim of the “start and stop” vortex, you know that it is very difficult to maintain consistency in eating right, exercising and mental maintenance.

This is where your determination comes in.

With this being the beginning of a new year, resolutions are in full swing. This is always a wonderful thing, but what usually follows is a drop off in the resolution when the road gets bumpy (See what I said about starting a new year plan in an unorthodox way here).

The usual example of this is when a new year is approaching, you’re about to bust from all the delectables you consumed through the holiday season, which leads to retrospective shame and now climaxes in a “New Year, New Me” war on oneself.

Next, all of the junk food is cleansed from the refrigerator, the pantry, the office cubby and even the middle console (one of my favorite places lol). You head into the gym ferociously for about a week, the mind blowing soreness kicks in and now you’re down for the count and pissed off because there are no snacks in the house.

You threw them away, remember?

The sugar detox leads to sadness, frustration, agitation and an overall self inquiry of what you are doing with your life and how did you get here.

And just like that, it’s over.


Maybe not.

Determination has to be an angel on your shoulder when these times come (and most likely, they Do)

There’s a saying: “Before you quit something, remember why you started it.”

I don’t know who this quote came from but I’ve used it time and time again when I want to give up.

For me, this has always been a reminder to stay in that state of determination that led me to change.

When you feel yourself letting go, or veering off of your regimen, remember that there is a bigger reward to come if you continue the journey through the difficulties. Don’t let the instant gratification of skipping the gym that day get the best of you.

I’ve been there before. It’s time to workout, but the couch has never felt this comfortable before. It’s almost as if it grew 3 extra cushions or something.

When this happens, remember how you want to look when you hit the beach this Summer at your best.

Remember how you want to feel when you have a busy, physically grueling day to get through.

Remember why you started and be Determined to get to your best.

When you feel like you want some junk food and it’s not a cheat day, remember how you want to feel in the morning. Full of energy and free from that sluggish feeling.

When you want to stay up and watch a movie, knowing you have a lot to the next day, remember how valuable your energy will be for you to make the best out of your time tomorrow.

Stay determined to manifest the things you want in life. Not only in a materialistic sense, but a sense of wellness for your mind, body and spirit.

What are you determined to do in 2019?

Let me know!

Vegetable Of The Week – Arugula

For the record, My Blue Heaven is my favorite Steve Martin movie of all time!

Anyway, on to the vegetable.

Arugula is a green vegetable whose origins are said to stem from the Mediterranean part of the world. Some of it’s other monikers include “salad rocket”, Italian cress and rucola.

Here it is. The “Salad Rocket”!

Arugula is one of those vegetables you can get creative with….but first, the nutrition.

Vitamin A is one of the main nutritional benefits you will find in this vegetable. Vitamin A falls under the antioxidant umbrella and is beneficial to your immune system. So this makes a great addition to your diet, especially in the cold and flu seasons.

Vitamin A is also known to benefit proper organ function of the heart, lungs and kidneys.

Try this recipe for an Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Arugula Salad

Potassium is another benefit to find in this tasty vegetable. Electrolytes and minerals are keys to a properly functioning heart and nerve center and this veggie is full of it.

If you’re an active person (and I hope you are), you will need this benefit for your muscles to function and contract normally. With that being said, it can help regulate your blood pressure from a sodium heavy diet (but cut back on the sodas).

Try this other Arugula Salad

Vitamin C! A green wouldn’t be a green without the presence of her majesty, Vitamin C. This is probably the most well known antioxidant for the immune system. It takes on many forms and vehicles of consumption, so it’s no surprise that it makes an appearance in Arugula.

Vitamin C sometimes goes under its more technical term of ascorbic acid and is great for all tissue health and assistance of iron intake.

Arugula is mostly used for different salad recipes like the ones I’ve shared above, but it’s not limited to cold consumption.

It makes a great topping for pizza, sandwiches, nachos, and I’ve used it for certain pasta dishes myself.

Get creative! Try it next time you have a craving for a veggie pizza. It’s a nice switch (or combination) from spinach or lettuce. The peppery taste will add a little kick and give you a new taste to experience.

Try this Mushroom and Arugula Pizza recipe!

There are many alternative or lesser known vegetables out there that can give you a new experience in some of your favorite dishes and Arugula is one of them.

It’s important to try new things for your health and nutrition so you won’t get bored eating the same thing all of the time. We should eat to live, but it doesn’t have to be a burden to do so.

Eating healthy is supposed to be a pleasuring and rewarding. Yes, there can be some vegetables that you need that might not be so popular in taste. But I’ll take a bitter vegetable over a chalky medication pill any day.

What are some of your favorite ways to eat Arugula?

Let me know!

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