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3 daily routines of gamechangers!

by Leena on August 4, 2019 No comments

As we wake up each morning and dash out that door to make our dreams come true – there are days when we need someone to kick us out or pull us up from our beds and we find ourselves crawling to work. Welcome to the most common challenge of our times – lack of motivation to keep going. In my years of learning from some of the best in the world, I find one word common – this one word connects all of them together. The word is ROUTINE

I cannot emphasize enough the benefits of having a routine – no matter how whimsical! If it works for you and helps you get big things done – keep at it! Here are some of the most life changing routines of game changers around the world. 

Morning Routine– While the 5 am wake up time is great, not all of us are cut out for this. If you are a creative owl, then so be it. This routine suggests cutting out that one hour from your routine to set you up for the most creative hours of your day. If it’s the morning – you want to wake up at 5 am, do a 20 minute work out to dump in some endorphins in your bloodstream grabbing your favourite cuppa coffee and diving into some life changing audio books or videos to change your hard wiring to a POSSIBILITY filled mindset for the next 20 minutes and deleting words like ‘can’t’ from your vocabulary. And wrapping up the last 20 minutes with visualizing your goals or writing down your affirmations! (simple as they seem, the effectiveness of this routine alone can change your life beyond measure!) For the owls, find any time of the night that suits you and do this routine, works the same! 

Work Routine– No matter what time you check into work, keep your first 90 minutes the most sacred. Keep them free of any technology – no emails, no social media (may make you feel less important, but we can deal with it later!) Focus these sacred 90 on the needle movers that will take you close to your audacious goal. The world can wait till you see your mails again! Doing that biggest and most productive work first thing in the morning fuels you with enough energy that snowballs into a day of getting a lot more done! So schedule those 90 minutes into your every morning! 

Night Routine – Some days are great and others don’t turn out exactly as we plan them. This night routine ensures, no matter how your day went, you press reset before you hit the pillow. Keep a journal by your bedside and write 3 things you are grateful for today. Doing this every night, (says research) helps you count your blessings, elevates your energy and sets you up for a great day the next morning! (If you are thinking, this is childish, I dare you to do this for the next 90 days, and then we can have a conversation!)

After reading countless number of blogs, watching enough ted talks and reading some fantastic authors, I find these routines to be a big part of their days. And the one thing I like about all of them the most is – it’s never too late to begin. You could be at any stage in your life or career, and these routines will make it all even better, so give them a shot! And let me know what shifted! 

Leena Munot
Author
Goals Mantra

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3 reasons why deep sleep is a must to goal achievement!

by Leena on July 30, 2019 No comments

Want to get super productive and achieve those goals? Then get some sleep.

Sleep problems and lack of sleep can affect everything from personal and work productivity to behavioral and relationship problems. Over 500 million people worldwide suffer from the after effects of inadequate sleep and this directly pulls down their ability to get things done.


The Institute of Medicine recently estimated in its report, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, that “hundreds of billions of dollars a year are spent on direct medical costs related to sleep disorders such as doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.”

Make sure your hard earned money goes towards a vacation with loved ones as opposed to buying medicines or landing you in the hospital for sleep disorders that have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases.  

Among the plenty hacks available for productivity, these pointers I found most useful

Aim High, Start Low – For those of us who set stretch goals and love going after them, remember to start low. Just like when you join a gym – on day one you don’t do a 100 push-ups or carry heavy weights. You build stamina each day, grow your endurance and then slowly begin to add or tone up your muscles. Similarly with goals, ensure you start with meticulous planning of time, make time for work and plan quality time for play and adequate hours of sleep.

Stretch goals don’t mean that they eat into your sleep hours. Think smart and prioritize your goals in a way that inspire you not exasperate you! It is not a good idea to reduce your hours of sleep and remove play time from your schedule – this is a great recipe for burn outs!

Power Naps – Plan a 20 minute power nap in the second half of the day, to refresh and rejuvenate your senses by giving your mind some time off. (plug into your headphones and listen to some binaural music to enhance your state of sleep) A longer nap at this time (like 60 to 90 minutes!) can ruin your productivity for the rest of the day and affect the quality of your sleep at night. Power naps are a great way to put yourself in an alpha state, and raise your productivity!

Night Sleep – To ensure quality sleep at night, block out any screen time one hour prior to your sleeping time, listen to some soft music or chants, do a nightly ritual like a warm water bath, drinking a glass of warm water, write your gratitude for the day and sleep in a dark room. A good night’s sleep not only allows your body to repair itself, but also ensures a high energy day when you wake up!

Simple old school hacks like these are worth trying and abiding by, to create a life of harmony and happiness. Let us know which of these hacks you love the most and how it has changed your life!

Leena Munot
Author
Goals Mantra

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Before 2015 ends!

by Leena on December 27, 2015 No comments

We enter the last week of 2015 and today is the last Sunday! As you prepare to welcome the New Year with new resolutions, a stronger resolve to achieve your goals and to move to your life to a whole new level, how about a reflective date with yourself today? Most of us go through years of our life working to make ends meet and make sure we are able to survive and grow at a reasonable pace. When one goal is achieved we quietly move to the next job on hand…do we take the time to stop and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done or for a goal achieved? The goal setting loop is incomplete when all you do is set goals and go all out and achieve them. You complete the loop when you celebrate your achievements.

Celebrating your achievements is a great way to communicate with and thank the universe for turning your goals and dreams into a reality. You are expressing your appreciation for all the efforts and sacrifices you made to ensure you achieved those goals. So on the last Sunday of 2015, I am inspired to share with you, these four important to-dos before we usher in the New Year. All it needs is an hour of your time to make a list of these, yes, I mean write them down so it gives your thoughts a definite form on paper.

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Why plan?

by Leena on December 3, 2015 No comments

Personal planning and goal-setting are not sexy topics. But they are incredibly important and central to an extraordinary experience of life. I see it time and time again amongst those who are the best of the best: lots of time spent articulating a clear and detailed vision for what the key areas of their lives will look like and then a written plan with the vision broken down into sequenced goals so that the vision isn’t so overwhelming and so the big picture is neatly chunked into manageable steps to drive daily action.

One of the best effects of planning that I’ve discovered is what it does to my mind. Let me put it this way: few things focus the mind as well as setting plans on to paper and then sequencing them into goals. The very act of doing it heightens your awareness as to what’s most important. And with better awareness, you will make better choices. And as you make better choices, you are certain to experience better results.

So today, give yourself a gift: take out a nice, crisp white sheet of paper. Sharpen a pencil. And then start writing about the life you want to create. It’s a lot easier than you may think.

Source – Robin Sharma

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