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6 Simple Rituals for Success

Years ago a dear friend shared this with me-I do my best to follow them daily. They keep me motivated and on track to succeed at whatever goals I'm currently working towards.

Give them a try-you'll be happy that you did!

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 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?" Then prioritize your day accordingly and don’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your "Top 3" today?

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. For example spend your 10 minutes getting away from your desk, go outside, call friends, meditate, or grab a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?

4. Move and sweat daily.

Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Try a CrossFit or a yoga class. How will you sweat today?

5. Express gratitude.

Gratitude fosters happiness, start a gratitude journal. Every morning, write out at least five things you are thankful for. In times of stress, pause and reflect on the 10 things you're grateful for. What are you grateful for today?

6. Reflect daily.

Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Ask yourself, "What went well?" and "What needs improvement?" So... what went well today? How can you do more of it?

adapted from

Chef Jennifer's

Cooking Tips:


Plan your menu around your grocer's weekly sales ad. Your ingredients will be in stock, in season, and on sale!


Shop, Cook & Eat Seasonally. In-season produce is fresh, inexpensive, and tasty!


Cook Once & Eat Twice. Cook a double batch of dishes like soups, beans and chili-for those days you don't feel like cooking!

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