Tips for Maximizing Your Day

Everyone’s goal should be to maximize their day, to carpe diem! Below are a few tips to help optimize this:

  1. Establish a productive morning ritual
    • Starting your day off in a productive manner puts you in a position to truly own the rest of the day. This doesn’t mean you have to wake up super early or do anything crazy. It can even be as easy as making your bed every morning (see Admiral McRaven’s University of Texas Commencement Speech).
    • One that I really like in terms of general health and athletic performance comes from a blog on opexfit.com. All it involves is drinking 12oz of water with ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt (less processed than regular salt and provides electrolytes for proper muscle function), and ½ organic lemon squeezed in (which helps support the acidity for effective gut digestion) every morning.
    • It can be as individualized as you want, as long as it’s productive and goal-oriented.
  2. Follow the Pareto Principle
    • The Pareto Principle, AKA the 80/20 rule, states that 80% of results come from 20% of the actions. This means that 20% of your actions produce a large majority of the results. With this in mind, we can focus our efforts on the 20% of actions that have the biggest reward, and then focus on the rest afterwards.
    • This principle applies to work, the gym, everything! By focusing on the activities that are the most effective, we can maximize our time-management and free up time to do other things.
  3. Make sleep a priority
    • In the book, Sleeping Your Way to the Top, the authors explain how a lack of sleep can be detrimental to pretty much every facet of life, from appearance, to work and athletic performance (click here for more detailed information on that). With this being the case, then sleep should be prioritized. Try and take measures that help establish an effective sleep schedule. This can include many things, such as:
      • Shutting off electronics at a certain time (the blue light makes you more awake)
      • Getting in the bed at the same time every night (to create a sleep routine)
      • Doing a relaxing activity (such as meditating, stretching, or reading)
      • Drinking tea or something soothing

 

 

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Written by Dr. Brandon Buchla, DC, CSCS

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