Night Time Routine

sleep, night time routine, routine, night time, prepare for sleep, sleep better, productivityWhat do many high achievers have in common? A productive Night Time Routine that closes their day on a positive note and sets them up for success the following morning. Many people have morning routines due purely to the necessity of time – they are rushed and need to do a number of things before getting out the door. The evening is a little more relaxed (hopefully), but just as important. It’s time you began an evening routine that allows you to unwind, prepares you for a great night’s sleep, and gives you a head start on tomorrow.

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The Gratitude Challenge

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Increasing Happiness is all the rage and a key ingredient to this contentment is gratitude. A quick definition of Gratitude is simply being thankful, but I wanted to uncover what specific benefits are provided when actively practicing gratitude and how to turn that practice into a new positive habit. In my own life I have the tendency to not look on the bright side or notice all the wonderful things around me, so I dug deeper into gratitude and I’m happy I did.

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The Walk Challenge – The Benefits of Walking

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#1 – First Entry

Ktool Journal - Entry 1Welcome to the Keys to Optimal Living – a website dedicated to sifting through and testing the abundance of information available on the topic of improving your life, career, and relationships.  I love to read, investigate, and apply what I learn into actionable habits or the new buzzword “life hacks”. Often I find myself reading or listening to a great new idea and think – yes, this could help me – only to forget it quickly and move on to the next book or podcast. This website is my journal into applying what I’m reading and learning – tweaking the information – and then giving you the results to save you time.

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6 AM Challenge – The Benefits of Waking Up Early


Welcome to the 6 AM Challenge discovering the benefits of waking up early. I have already noted this site is one of exploration, so what better way to test practical strategies than to conduct a new life challenge to learn how to wake up early in the morning. In 2019, a big personal goal is to increase my productivity. A great place to start is to change my morning routine by waking up earlier.


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