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If You Feel like You Need to Get More Done, This Tip Is for You

IDC Research shows that about 80% of smartphone users check their devices within 15 minutes of waking.

While that sounds pretty harmless, checking your phone first thing may be what's causing you to feel stressed and unfocused throughout the day.

If the first thing you see upon opening your eyes is bill reminders, requests for meetings, social media notifications, missed texts, or worse - negative news headlines - it puts your brain into overdrive and causes unnecessary stress.

While you have all day to check your phone, you have one chance in the morning to prep for the day - studies show that the more you check your phone, the more likely you are to have depressive feelings.

Instead, why not start your morning with something that causes positive feelings?

Your attention once you wake needs to be on calming or invigorating activities that start your day off right.

If you wait to check your phone until after a relaxing or energizing wake-up routine, your brain will be less likely to be overstimulated and ready to take on the tasks of the day.

Some amazing ways to start your morning right:

  • Working out

  • Journaling

  • Making a nice breakfast

  • Going for a swim

  • Listening to music

  • Reading a good book

A great tip to break the habit - get a real alarm clock.

Most of us use our phones as an alarm - once you hit the "Stop" button, it's easy to start scrolling through your apps.

If you keep your phone across the room and use a real alarm clock, that can go a long way to breaking the morning-scroll habit.

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