You know that Limitless movie? With Bradley Cooper? In it, the main character unleashes a fictional pill on his body that unlocks his brain and behavior to reach its maximum potential. Riches, fame, and the good life followed. Although there's no shortcut to living well, here are a few life habits that will give you Limitless superpowers without any of the side effects or crippling addictions.
1.) Get Up Early
Starting your day an hour or two earlier feels like you're cheating the system. Whether you clutch to work extra early and knock things out of the park bright and early or just give yourself some extra time to lay back and enjoy life--doing things from 5am-7am is so much more fulfilling than some boring 'ol sleep, provided you get to bed at a decent hour.
2.) Cold Showers
Coffee is great and all, but taking an ice cold shower in the morning will wake you up like a foghorn and get your blood pumping like you just ran a few miles. It also helps fight against depression, keeps skin clean and healthy, and strengthens immunity all while increasing testosterone, fertility, energy and well being.
3.) Set A To-Do List
A daily to-do list helps you knock things out faster and keep focused. Plus, there's nothing more satisfying than letting yourself break easy when everything is crossed out.
4.) Stop Responding To Every Email
Inbox zero is an easy path to stress-free workdays, but sometimes, there's too much to realistically handle and you find yourself feeling drowned in Gmail. Instead, just ignore the majority of non-crucial emails and apply the 80/20 rule to your inbox. Unless it's someone on your work team, a personal friend, someone much more important than you are, a valuable business connection, or something that will make you more money, just let it be.
5.) Ditch The Radio For Audiobooks
Music is outstanding, but audiobooks, particularly non-fiction audiobooks, are an amazing shortcut to consume A TON of information and knowledge while doing something you have to do every single day--drive. It's like a shortcut to brain expansion.
6.) Go On Daily Walks
Find time to go on a 5-15 minute walk each day. Listen to music, podcasts, or just unwind and think about life and work. It's the easiest way to hit refresh and crucial if you're going at level 100 all day Monday-Friday.
7.) Work Out In The Middle Of The Day (If Possible)
Most people like working out first thing in the morning or after work, but the best time to get some gym time in is in the middle of the day. It's easy to get things done in the morning with coffee flowing through your system, but a mid-day gym session keeps you going in the afternoon when it's easy to feel tired and ready to go home.
8.) Find Time To Meditate
Meditation can be an intimating mountain to tackle, but the app Headspace couldn't make the process easier. An audio instructor walks you though the 10 minute daily process and it's a great introduction to the art of meditation in a way that isn't all hippie dippy.
9.) Increase Your Omega-3 Intake
Dozens of scientific studies have shown that Omega-3 can launch your problem-solving skills, focus, and memory to the next level. Some of the best foods rich in Omega-3 include salmon, tuna, trout, eggs, edamame, wild rice, and walnuts.
10.) Constantly Find Value In Not Working
Our society has an obsession that busy is better. That the longer and harder you work, the more successful and deserved you are. But that's the opposite of how we should think. The person who makes $100,000/year and works 30 hours a week is significantly "wealthier" than the man who works $150,000/year working 80 hours a week. Once you unlock this idea in your brain, you start to value your own time in a whole new way.
11.) Find A Good Tailor
Part of working well and feeling good is looking great. The easiest path to looking like you walked out of a men's style magazine isn't expensive designer clothes or four hours day sin the gym, it's a good a tailor. Find one with fair prices who knows what they're doing and work on slowly getting your wardrobe the "custom" treatment. You'll be amazed by how much better you look and the confidence will rub off on all areas of your life.
12.) Do Something You Love For A Living
If you truly love what you do, everything else will just fall into place. If you're at a job where you're simply collecting a paycheck every two weeks and going through the motions, consider taking a leap of faith and find something that excites you. Enthusiasm for what you do is the ultimate cheat.