Why You Need A Morning And Night Routine.

When you wake up in the morning, you’re feeling groggy, unmotivated, wishing you could go back to sleep.

You drag yourself to the bathroom, get cleaned up and then get yourself to work or school with your eyes half-closed.

And you’re just feeling lethargic, lazy and tired throughout the morning.

You get stuff done, the day goes by and before you know it, evening comes around.

Then you come home with your head full of thoughts of work and the things you have to get done in the next day or so and you figured that maybe it’s time to relax and de-stress.

But then you realise you can’t exactly relax since you have to get stuff done or deal with some household chores or take care of the kids.

After all that’s done and when it’s time to go to bed, you’re exhausted but your mind is still running at full speed thinking about work.

When you wake up the next day, the cycle continues.

And again and again every single day.

This is how a ‘typical’ day is like for a lot of us.

What’s not so good about this typical day is that there’s no ‘prepping time’ to get a person started for the day and before they go to bed.

And that’s bad. Both for your mind and your overall well being.

So what do you do when you get up from bed in the morning?

Start off by having a morning routine.

It’s going to impact your morning and the rest of the day a whole lot more positively.

Everyone has a different morning routine so what you choose to do depends on what you feel energizes you the most and makes you feel good in the morning.

My morning routine consists of drinking a lot of water, journaling, reading, meditating and working out.

All of them done in less than an hour.

And then when night time comes around.

End off your day with a night routine.

My night routine consists of drinking water, watching a funny video on Youtube and reading positive affirmations.

It’s simple and short but it preps the mind and mood for optimal sleep.

If you don’t already have a morning and night routine, it’s about time you invested some of your time in the morning after you wake up and at night before you go to bed into such routines.

The routines don’t have to take up a lot of time too. It could just be half an hour or even lesser, as long as you get into a routine where you’re prepping the mind and body positively.

Do that and good things will be sure to follow.


Why Notepad Is the Best Productivity App.

No I’m not talking about the physical notepad (although that could work).

I’m talking about the pre-installed Notepad software on your Windows PC.

Or should I say TextEdit for us Mac users.

I’ve been experimenting and using nothing but just Notepad/TextEdit for the past 3 weeks to take notes and come up with to-do lists and I have to say that the freedom is liberating!

Typically when you use to-do list apps and software, they restrict you to certain elements like checkboxes to mark items off, having to click on certain buttons before you can add notes to the to-do list or just having to deal with the user interface.


I didn’t have to go through all that with Notepad/TextEdit.

The blank canvas was all I needed. And I could do whatever I wanted with it.

Just blank space and I could write and organise my thoughts in any way I wanted.

No restrictions. No fuss. Super convenient.

Whenever I needed to, I could:
– Take notes
– Make a to-do list
– Write out my thoughts
– Jot down quickly something that I’m supposed to ‘remember’
– Write out this blog post

Practically it’s like my second brain now since it’s where I’m unloading all my thoughts, tasks, things to remember and it’s also my thinking space.

Of course this works very well if you’re like me and your work revolves around your laptop that you have with you the entire day.

It might not work out for everyone, to be honest.

But if your workday revolves around your laptop or computer, give it a try.

Sometimes, all you need is just a blank canvas.

The Last Thing You Should Do Before Sleeping.

Sleep is perhaps one of the most important, convenient and free-est source of energy that we have.

So it makes sense to maximise its effectiveness as much as possible.

Some of us stress ourselves out before we sleep.

We’re thinking about our problems or just stuff that needs to be done the next day and we just stress ourselves out.

That’s bad. And unnecessary.

We don’t want that kind of stuff going on in our heads when we’re trying to go to sleep.

Stress kills sleep.

And that causes sleep to suffer. Which means you won’t be benefiting much from your sleep.

We want sleep to do the most for us as much as possible. After all, we’re spending quite a significant number of hours sleeping. It makes sense to put those hours to full use then.

So the last thing you should do before you sleep is to


And I mean genuinely laugh.

It could be from watching a really funny video on Youtube, playing with your kids, anything.

It doesn’t matter what the source of laughter is as long as you have a good laugh before you sleep.

Laughing does three things here:
1. It takes your mind away from any negative thoughts
2. It instantly puts you in a good mood
3. It makes you realise that things aren’t so bad after all

This is a perfect state of mind to be in before you sleep.

Stress-free sleep = productive sleep.

And you’re very likely to wake up energised and in a good mood too.

So play a funny video or two on Youtube tonight before bed and laugh yourself to sleep.

Your mind and body will thank you for it.

The Most Important Trait That 80% Overlook.

Charismatic people seem to get everything they want and more.

People look up to them. People follow them. And people want to be like them.

But there’s one very important trait that all charismatic people have.

Being likeable.

It’s impossible to be influential and charismatic if others can’t honestly say,

‘You know what, I really like this person.’

Being likeable is something that a lot of us overlook in our pursuit of success and happiness in this life.

We’re always thinking of ways to achieve more, to get more stuff done in the day and  ways to get to our goals faster, but we don’t put much thought into being a more likeable person.

Think about it this way.

You could possess all the skills and talents in the world but if people don’t like you and you can’t work with others well, you’re greatly limiting the number of opportunities you’re going to have in life.

Now I’m not saying that you should try to please everyone and make everyone like you. That’s impossible.

But you greatly reduce the chances of someone disliking you if you’re a likeable person. And you instantly become more wanted by others (in a good way).

It’s really not that hard.

Listen more than you talk.
Give the person you’re talking to your fullest attention.
Be authentic, kind and empathic.
Help others out.

You don’t have to be the most outspoken person in a group to be likeable.
You don’t have to be the most fluent speaker in a group to be likeable.
You don’t even have to speak to be likeable in most situations.

Forget all that you know and hear about being likeable and charismatic.

Be likeable for your actions and people will gravitate towards you.

Hard Work.

Don’t be afraid of hard work.

People who are really hardworking almost always end up getting what they want.

But if you don’t have the desire or trait in you to work hard, you can always develop it.

People always say work smart and not hard, as an excuse to shy away from doing hard work.

True, but it takes a hard working person to know how to work smart and get things done as efficiently with a lot less effort.

Those who are successful know the true value of hard work because it’s what made them successful in the first place.

Sure there may be a number of them who simply got lucky, but that too is a result from initially working hard.

You can’t run away from work if you want to achieve anything in life.

The daily grind is real.

Be comfortable with hard work.

Shortcuts and quick fixes don’t exist in this world.

Forget about having a million dollar business within a month.
Forget about finishing projects within a day.
Forget about having six pack abs within 3 days.

Anything that’s worth having involves a lot of time and effort.

And that’s the cold hard truth.

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

When Things Don’t Go Your Way.

When things don’t go your way, it’s okay.

Some of us get really upset.

It’s hard to accept things and be okay with constant change but it’s important to realise that there will be times when things will go in the complete opposite direction of what what we wanted.

And it’s okay.

As long as nobody gets hurt and nobody gets taken advantage of, it’s really okay.

When things don’t go your way, know that it’s going someone else’s way.
When things don’t go your way, know that you’re being the bigger person.
When things don’t go your way, know that you’re making someone else happy.

We get upset simply because we’re selfish.

And when we’re selfish, we want everything to go our way and we get upset if things go any other way.

If we find ourselves constantly upset when things don’t go our way, it’s a big indication of a selfish character.

Expect things to go wrong.

Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

The law exists for a reason and expecting everything to always go our way will just cause nothing but disappointment and hostility.

Be okay with uncertainty.

Why Being Busy is Good and Bad.

It’s good to be busy and occupied.

To always have your day scheduled full of things to do is a good thing.

It’s a very good thing actually.

But what’s not good is filling up our time and being busy with things that are not important and meaningful to your life.

There’s a difference between being busy and actually making an impact.

Not all busy people are productive or necessarily doing anything that’s beneficial with their time.

Some of them simply have their days scheduled with meaningless tasks.

They may be busy watching youtube videos and TV while someone else is busy working on projects that benefit others

They may be busy partying and drinking while someone else is busy netwotking at events and conventions.

They may be busy eating junk food and unhealthy snacks while someone else is busy working out at the gym.

And this is what makes certain people more successful than others.

The choices we make with our time now, influence and determine what we’re like 5-10 years later.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day.

But use it wrongly, and we don’t get to achieve much of what we want in this life we live.

Be busy with purpose.