What works for me? Well, having clean clothes, making sure I have my Special K Red Berry cereal for breakfast and knowing that everything I need to know will come to me in my email.
My mornings start out something like this...
The alarm goes off, I press snooze once or twice, then I find the remote and turn on Good Morning America (GMA). I stagger out of bed, turn GMA on louder so I can shower and get ready. While I am blow drying my hair, or putting on makeup, I do a few things that help me feel smarter before the work day. Grab a bowl of cereal, grab my iPhone and start reading ...
I read the Skimm every. single. day. The Skimm is a daily email newsletter that makes it SO easy to feel smarter when it comes to global & U.S. topics. Don't get me wrong, I love a good NY Times article, but this sums up that article so if you're short on time you're not short on knowledge.
Here's a sample of part of the daily email newsletter. It's free to signup - and you can be part of a great community. Signup to the Skimm for free here.
My second email that I read every morning is the Morning Brew. This daily e-newsletter is really focused on business and is focused for millennials (which is just a buzz word because it's great for everyone). The Morning Brew breaks down the market, what's happening with the U.S. economy, and gives good overviews of things that are good to know.
Here's a little screenshot about what's including in the Morning Brew e-newsletter. You really can't go wrong for signing up for the Skimm and the Morning Brew. Signup for free here.
So Digit is a little different than the other two because Digit saves money without you having to think about it. How does it make you feel smarter? Digit sends you a daily text message with how much money is in your checking account and saves you money without you realizing it. AND THIS IS FREE.
Here's out it works. You signup for a Digit account here. Then you enter in your banking information. This is safe, I promise, I did a lot of researching about it before I trusted anyone with that kind of information. Next, they send you a daily text every morning with your updated checking balance.
Now, here's where the savings part comes in... Let's say you spend $40 on eating out on Friday night... Digit might take out $12 the next day and save it in an account. If you get paid on the first of every month, Digit will start to take out a little money before you get paid and save it. It learns your spending habits and starts to save from there. If it's not saving enough for you then you can choose to be a little more aggressive. If it's saving too much, then you can tell it to slow down a little. It's up to you and your spending habits. One friend of mine has saved up enough for a fancy new pair of shoes. I use my Digit savings for travel. Seriously. Try it.
Signup for Digit today.
Also, this weekend I saw Dolly Parton in concer with my mom. It was AMAZING, and I LOVE Dolly. I even bought a $40 t-shirt because I couldn't imagine leaving there without that piece of memorabilla. So, if I don't have time to meal prep for the week, that's OK, because I have a memory that's so much more than a fridge full of cut up veggies.
The Skimm, Morning Brew and Digit are three things I do every morning to feel prepared for the day. What do you do to feel smarter and feel ready for the day/week?