Morning Motivation & Automate Everything
Getting up in the morning sucks. Well, unless you’re a morning person, in which case… lucky you. But for the rest of us who just want 5 more minutes of sleep, finding the time to get in a workout can be rough.
Working out in the morning has a lot of known benefits. It gets you up and moving, which can help boost your energy throughout the day. But most mornings I convince myself that I’ll start working out tomorrow morning. So to get myself to get started, I started putting my alarm clock across the room. I literally have to get up to turn it off.
I also keep my morning workout short and not too strenuous. If you get up just 30 minutes earlier than usual, you can take a brisk walk or jog that will get your heart rate up, give you that jolt of energy, and it’ll be over in a snap. Or, if you’re not really the outdoorsy type, try some at-home workout routines that take about 10ish minutes to complete (you can lengthen them if you want to, though!).
The key is to get into a routine so that you have consistency. Motivation helps, so pick a reason to get up and out of bed and write it down somewhere where you’ll see it every day. My reason for working out in the morning? I feel better about having a big breakfast when I’m done. Omnomnom…
Have you ever been waiting for a Tweet from your favorite celeb or show in order to enter a contest and wished you could just get a notification when it happened? Or maybe you’re listening to Amazon or Apple music and you want to go back and look at the songs you’ve listened to? Or you want to easily and reliably track the number of hours you’re spending on your group project?
It’s actually super easy to automate a lot of things in your life now. All you really need is a smartphone or computer… and IFTTT. IFTTT stands for If This, Then That, which is a really basic logic formula. They provide a platform for you to connect every account, app, or device you could possibly think of (and then some), and create automated tasks between them.
Every task you create on IFTTT is called an “applet“. You can create your own custom applets in the app or on their site, or you can use one of their thousands of pre-made applets. Just hook up your accounts and get started.
The world of automated tasks has endless possibilities. If you run a side-hustle (or even main hustle) that requires lots of posting on social media, you can have all your social media accounts set to post at the same time when you post one thing to just one social media platform – which saves a lot of time. You can also set your accounts to automatically tweet out articles on Medium or other news platforms that you’ve “liked” in order to engage your audience with stories that will interest them.
Monday Shower Thoughts
- Remote keychains for cars should have a mini alarm when the car alarm goes off so people know that their car is making a lot of noise.
- I wonder if I have a remarkable talent for something, but never tried that one thing
- The Declaration of Independence is basically a restraining order against Great Britain
- I wonder what the job credentials are for the guy who decides what the temperature “feels like”
- Do deaf people think in sign language? — if anyone knows the answer to this, I’m genuinely curious…
Finding Your Adjective
Picture this: You’re being interviewed and, after pleasantries and the dreaded “tell me about yourself” introduction, the interviewer asks you to name an adjective (or two or three) that sums you up. If you’re not prepared, it’s easy to get bogged down in self-reflection. Your mom says you have a dry sense of humor, you’re a whiz with technology (with a specialty in iPhones and Fitbits), and you must be introspective because you got a B+ on your poetry assignment for English 101. But it’s not a trick question, and you’re not speed dating—the increasingly common “adjective question” gives you a great opportunity to assert your strengths and then expand on your skillset. As you start interviewing for various jobs and internships, you’re almost certainly going to encounter this question, so the key is to show up well equipped. Here are some tips to keep in mind while soul searching and building your short list of go-to adjectives.
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