How Keeping Your Phone Off Will Skyrocket Your Morning Routine

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Waking up, crawling out of bed, reaching for your phone.

Do you turn it on? Keep it in airplane mode? Keep it off completely.

These are not easy decisions, especially as you are wiping sleep from your eyes.

As I write this, I realize I need to simplify this to this simple system: Off.

Period.

Use something else to check the weather.

Checking the weather during the winter is a trap I fell into more times than I’d like to count. The dilemma is this: do I check the weather or take the risk of wearing shorts on a wrong day and let potential text messages slip through?

I’ve realized that the longer my phone stays off in the mornings, the more productive I am and the better I feel the rest of the day.

No joke.

This may not be the case for everyone. Maybe you enjoy waking up to messages from lovers, friends, and family.

What I have found is most things that come at me via text are extracting, and often, stressful.

If you are in various group chats, you know that opening your phone to 20 missed back and forth messages take a mental toll.

You now have a decision to make: read and engage or ignore?

And you have now spent precious mental energy.

Decision research points to us having limited decision making energy each day. So use it wisely.

Daily quote: You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. -Marcus Aurelius

Daily tip or recommendation: Each day focus on your ONE BIG THING that you need to do. This is life-changing when you actually adopt it.

Daily book recommendation: Sapiens

Daily health tip: Chew more and eat slower. This will improve digestion, signal your brain you are full.

Daily Cooking Tip: Use more salt than you think. 99% of amateur cooks use too little salt. Salt draws out flavor.

Daily thoughts about money: Buy assets then use assets and the income they produce to buy the crap you want.