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Day 23: How to Get Back on Track in the Morning

Do you also struggle to get back on track in the mornings? Perhaps you had ambitious plans the day before, but the next morning, there's little left of them. Maybe you lack motivation, or suddenly, you see many small obstacles in the plan you had forged. However, if you feel this way, welcome to the club; it's perfectly normal. But you can do something about it.

It's not for nothing that people say, "Sleep on it." Not immediately giving in to a decision but consciously waiting a night is a wonderful method to prevent making hasty decisions. During the night, our brains reorganize many things, and often, we see things differently after a night's sleep. While this is useful for sudden decisions, it can also make it difficult for us to stay true to something or a plan. If you have to spend every morning in an internal struggle to repeatedly reaffirm your plans and convince yourself, it will also require a lot of energy. Energy that we would be better off investing in implementing our plans.

How to Stick to a Plan

Be aware that our moods constantly fluctuate. Our mood oscillates constantly from high to low. Today, we're in high spirits; tomorrow morning, we might have a low, but by noon, the next high might already be noticeable, only to be followed by another low in the evening.

You can surely imagine how this strongly clashes with our plans since they require a constant good performance to be effectively carried out.

First of all, it's important to be aware of these fluctuations. It's completely normal for a low to follow a high, and even this low will subsequently be replaced by a high.

Once you're aware of this, you can look at your plans with much more composure. If you enter a low and perhaps have doubts about your plans, you can tell yourself, "I've made this plan, I've thought through all the aspects beforehand, and I will continue to follow it."

Or: "I might be doubting this plan now because I'm not feeling well, but I know I can do it, and I'll do everything to put it into action."

How to Hack Your Mood

You have the ability to influence your mood through basic things, and it's not that difficult.

Take care of the basics:

  • Ensure you get enough good sleep (7 to 8 hours).
  • Eat regularly and healthily.
  • Foster your curiosity (engage with a new topic).
  • Get enough exercise (go jogging, swimming, or take a walk).
  • Engage with different topics (program in the morning, chop firewood in the afternoon, meet friends in the evening, etc.).

The basics listed above are the foundation of every day, so pay special attention to them. If your mood is at its lowest, focus solely on the basics mentioned above.

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