Reading has always been my thing; I can remember this fact as a child. My mother used to take my sisters and me to the library at least once a week. My grandmother owned a vast amount of books; her basement had built-in shelves filled expanding wall to wall. So, reading a good book has been ingrained into my life. If I'm speaking honestly to you all, I let my love of reading fall off. Just like any other task in your daily life, you have to make time for it. I wasn't. This left a void in my life that needed filling. At the beginning of the year, I made a weekly goal to finish at least one book a month; progress is happening. Today, I'm going to be sharing what I've been reading lately. I tend to swing towards to the non-fiction side of reading.

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I'm not a morning person, honestly. I'm more of a night owl, but as I've gotten older mornings have become pretty important to me. While in college staying up late to study for an exam was pretty much my routine. I've definitely mastered the art of procrastinating. This unhealthy habit is something I'm working on daily basis. 

I listen to a ton of Podcast, not every day, but pretty often and my playlist consist of a range of subjects from politics to sermons. Mostly, there's business Podcast. With the combination of listening and reading advice from other business owners, the standout lesson is to master your mornings. Getting up early to get the critical stuff done first. Studies have shown that your brain works better in the morning after 8hrs of sleep. I've tested out this thought, and I can personally agree that there's some truth to it. Going to bed at 9pm and getting up at 5:30-6am has given me space to get the right stuff completed. 

In the book "10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Mangement" the author suggests picking three critical hours to plan out your day.  For me, the three hours in the morning works best.  Along with choosing your three hours, here are two other tips on how to master your mornings:

1. Do your creative work before you check your email
I'm totally guilty of checking my email before I do anything, and it actually doesn't get my day start correctly. I need up stressing over deadlines and responding back to contacts. I suggest only checking your email after you planned out your day, and check it once in the evening. 

2. Plan your meals including breakfast the night before
Seems simple enough right? But it indeed saves you some much time.  This goes along with meal planning which I'll cover in a later post.

Yes, like I've mentioned many times before in this post, plan, plan, and more plan. Even though your intentions might fall through, still putting this into motions helps you step yourself up for success.   

I've included some books that have really helped me on my journey to becoming a more productive person. 

I'm interested to know what ways do you prepare yourself to have a productive day??