Lauren Brumfield
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How to Reach Your Potential Every Day

And so begins the final stretch before my glorious ten-day autumn break starts. I have the beginning part of my dissertation due today for my internship at 5pm, and then I'm free. Well, to read my next set of books for class on trains & planes to here & there, that is. I'll take it.

I'm having a harder-than-normal time completing this assignment however, and I'm blaming it solely on the fact that I feel under the weather times ten. I feel like my body is just now catching up with the fact that I haven't slept much or taken a break in quite awhile. Appropriately so, I just found a concise & oh-so-true list of tips for taking care of yourself and being productive. I immediately wanted it on this page because if we're being honest, we could all use the reminders.

1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up.

Your body loses water while you sleep, so you're naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake up helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?

2. Define your top 3.

Every morning ask yourself, "What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?" Prioritize you day accordingly, and don't go to sleep until the Top 3 are complete.

3. The 50/10 Rule.

Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Spend 10 minutes getting away from your desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water.

4. Move and sweat daily.

Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress.

5. Express gratitude. 

Gratitude fosters happiness. Every morning, write out five things you're thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on 10 thinks you're thankful for. 

6. Reflect daily.

Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Ask yourself, "What went well?" and "What needs improvement?"