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Why I Drink Green Tea Instead of Coffee at 5 AM?

Coffee used to be my super-fuel for the morning….but not anymore. I am not going to lie to you, a cup of black coffee gives me a ton of early morning energy! It gives me the boost I need to kick start my day and do what I love to do; which is to write! In fact, I used my morning cup of Joe to complete the 90,000 words in 90 days challenge. In a nutshell, I challenged myself to write a post a day (1000 words) for 90 consecutive days on topics within the area of self-improvement and personal…

Don’t Get Back to Bad Habits In Holiday Season

We’re in holiday season. And our phone is ringing off the hook! We get invitations to gatherings, parties, and events. There’s so much to do. It’s a fun time, indeed. Now, while I encourage you to enjoy the holiday season and to eat whatever you want, drink as much as you want (responsibly), and let go and enjoy yourself, I nevertheless want to urge you against turning this into a habit. I’ve met a lot of people who lost good momentum over the holidays. They liked drinking, overeating, and relaxing, and it’s always easier to indulge than to have self-control.…

6 Killer Tips to Stay Focused and Reduce Distractions

Frequent distractions and interruptions cost people a lot of hours and a lot of money. Recent statistics show that the average worker spends between 1.5 – 3 hours avoiding work. That time is spent doing private activities from checking email to chatting with other employees and even shopping online. In fact, a recent survey shows that 60% of all purchases were made during working hours from 9 am to 5 pm. That’s not to mention other distractions that eat away chunks of our working day: surfing the web or “cyber-floating,” notifications on our phone, noisy co-workers, and many other stimulants…

How to Recover From Habit-Relapse

Forming new habits and seeing their positive effects in our lives is a wonderful experience. Habits allow us to do what we should do with little to no effort. We don’t have to yell at ourselves or push hard just to get started. There is no struggle. There is simply unhindered action. But habits require attention. We often relapse into our old ways and let go of the good habits we’ve worked hard to develop. How often have you tried to stick to eating a well-balanced diet and have fallen off the wagon a few weeks or a few months…

Unconscious Habits

You are what you repeatedly do, think and believe. And when you habituate yourself to be sad, disappointed, afraid, and helpless, these patterns will become automatic over time. They will become unconscious habits. Unconscious habits (we’re talking about bad habits, not good ones) are dis-empowering. If you have the habit of holding yourself back every time you face a challenge you’re not “prepared” for, you will not take a chance at it. You will remain in your comfort zone and you won’t step beyond it. But you will also stay flat on the ground when you stumble and fall down.…

How To Wake Up at 5:00 AM in 3 Days

I wrote about the benefits of waking up early here and here. And I’ve said that not only does waking up early allow me to be more productive, but it also connects me with the natural rhythm of the earth. I feel more in-sync with it, and it’s a feeling I wouldn’t trade for anything. In the articles I wrote about waking up early, I shared with my readers the strategy that has helped me become an early riser. And I’ve stated that you should go about changing your biological waking time slowly and incrementally. If you shock your system…

How to Motivate Yourself to Study in College

We’re in the beginning of the first semester of College…again. But not for me anymore. I’ve been through the grind of starting every academic semester for the past 10 years — from being a freshman and all the way to being a Ph.D student. I’ve studied a lot of things. See my story for more. And I absolutely love learning and growing. However, studying and motivating yourself to study daily is a tough challenge for many people. It’s not easy to get up every day, go to classes, come back after a long day and still have to study some…

How to Keep Your Space Clean and Orderly

I’ve always struggled to keep my place clean and orderly. It was never a priority to me. I was busy doing a lot of other things and I didn’t want to spend my free time organizing my place or cleaning it up. (I kept it acceptably clean…by a guy’s standards). I know a lot of people like that too. As long as their place is not too dirty and their clothes are clean, they won’t invest the extra time in polishing their space. But, now that I am older and wiser, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of having a…

8 Tips to Fall Asleep Right Away at Night

I’ve written a popular post on how to wake up early in the morning. And I’ve received great feedback from those who’ve read it. In this article, I am going to write on how to fall asleep right away when you go to bed. When I got the idea for this post, my first thought was that those who will find me through the google search engine are going to be people who are lying in bed having a tough time sleeping. And they’re looking for a quick fix. If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you probably…

The Art of Changing Bad Habits

Accept the truth from whatever source it comes. – Unkown A lot of people recognize that they need to change. They may have to change their habits, eating, relationships, mindset, attitude and a lot of other things, but they have a hard time accepting that they should change. For example, you might recognize that you have to control your eating and stop eating junk food all the time, but you still can’t accept that you either (a) have a problem with junk food, or (b) that you have to do something about your eating habits. People encounter this tension in…