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3 Ways That Collagen Increases Productivity, Communication, And Well-Being

By Renee Kruger February 09, 2021 0 comments

Habits that increase productivity, communication, and well-being are critical to how you cope, achieve your goals, and find purpose and commitment in life.

We all want to be seen as productive, well-balanced individuals who can do the job we were hired for but getting out of bed is a tedious affair some days. Discipline and routine will get you there, but commitment to your goals are critical to achieving them.

What Does Showing Up Mean?

We all want to be seen as productive, well-balanced individuals who can do the job we were hired for but getting out of bed is a tedious affair some days. Discipline and routine will get you there, but commitment to your goals are critical to achieving them.


Commitment to a goal begins with a strategy. What is your life plan? How are you going to get there? There are so many questions you need to ask yourself, and some days the sheer amount of energy needed to do that is just not there.


Habits that increase productivity, communication, and your own personal well-being are those things that we do for ourselves that make our lives easier. Something as simple as building a cup of coffee or preparing your breakfast bowls the night before can save you as much as 5 wasted minutes in the kitchen every morning.


The habits you cultivate are the life experiences you lead. And if your life experiences aren’t bringing you joy anymore, it’s time to ask yourself some fundamental questions.

What Is A Habit?

A habit is something you did once, enjoyed doing so you did more of it, and now you find yourself repeating this same pattern of behaviour or speech automatically. You don’t even have to think about it anymore because you have mastered that thing you chose to do more of … until it became a part of you.

How Is A Habit Formed?

A habit forms part of a three-part process known as the “habit loop”:


  • The cue (trigger) that tells your brain it’s time to start doing the attached behaviour (see examples below).
  • The routine, which is the act of the behavior or speech pattern that occurs as part of the habit.
  • The reward, which is the part of the behaviour or pattern your brain likes processing.


Habit-making behaviors are formed in the basal ganglia, the emotional, memorial, and pattern-recognition part of your brain. Decisions are made in the prefrontal cortex part of your brain and not attached to the basal ganglia in a processing way at all. 


However, as soon as you make a behaviour or pattern an automatic process, the decision-making part of your brain lets go and hands over to the emotional part of your brain to carry on with the habit from now on.


Continue reading: How Habits Form And How To Break Them ~ NPR

How Do You Change A Habit?

Habits are triggered by a specific marker or event. An example of this is having a cup of coffee or getting in your car and lighting up a cigarette. It’s just how a cigarette is smoked; it needs a trigger event to make it “more enjoyable”.


Similarly, you’re getting in your car, so you’d better take that box of smokes with you. It’s only 15 minutes to the office, leaving you just enough time for the news – and a last cigarette before you get to the “no smoking zone”.


In the example above, chewing on a nourishing apple would take the same amount of time, would use your hands in the same way, and would bring just as much pleasure to your body as that cigarette would. But we don’t do that because we have already trained our brains and our ways of thinking into accepting the “easy way out” of every situation.

How Do You Break A Habit?

According to science, how long it takes to break a habit is entirely up to you.


Breaking or changing a habit requires motivation, takes your personaility and individual circumstances into account, depends on the habit, and relies on how you feel about changing that habit in the face of feedback from those who’s opinions you value.


If the reason you’re changing your habits aligns to your personal values, you’ll change your behaviour faster than those doing it because they’ve been pressured by someone to do it. In the example above, you’ll quit smoking because you want to, not because your wife told you to.


Continue reading: How long it really takes to break a habit ~ Science Alert

Bedtime Habits That Increase Productivity

The bedtime habits that increase productivity are those things you do that make your morning easier to manage. Rest is vitally important to productive behaviour, and going to bed worrying disturbs your rest. Use these nine tips to set your morning up for success:


#1 Meditate/take time for yourself. 

Having to wake up at the crack of dawn, work all day and then came home to work some more is exhausting. Make sure to take time for yourself because your brain can’t take all that info all at once and needs time to process and clear.


#2 Set an alarm. 

Making sure you wake up with enough time to get to work on time, every time, is always a great way to start the day off. Once your body gets used to waking up at a certain time, this becomes a habit.


#3 Get enough sleep. 

Don’t eat before bedtime. During the night, your body works to make sure it’s ready for the next day. When you eat and go right to bed, your body and its required metabolic processes (digesting your food) are not yet ready for a shutdown.


#4 Pack a lunchbox. 

Making sure you have food with you at work is a good way to ensure you have enough energy throughout the day. Pack small meals or snacks you can nibble on in a few minutes.


#5 Check your schedule before you leave work.

You don’t really know what tomorrow may hold or the ups and downs that may come with it. Check your schedule every afternoon, and let someone know if you may have a scheduling problem the next day.


#6 Got everything? 

Making sure everything is packed for the day ahead – whether you’re at school or work – starts your day off with a bang because you’re fully prepared for what lies ahead.


#7 Outfit, check. 

In case you sleep in and are running late for work, at least you have your work outfit picked out and ready to go. Check hems, seams, buttons, and collars regularly for mending.


#8 Breakfast, anyone? 

Before you dash out the door because you’re late, breakfast is a priority, even if you simply have a few mouthfuls of yogurt or grab an apple on your way out.


#9 Exercise

Exercising is just as healthy as taking time off for yourself. A good, healthy way to take your mind off work for a while is to socialise with others while at the gym, coffee shop, laundromat, or even at the supermarket. Getting out gives your brain a break from all the work in front of you and allows you to see things from other perspectives, too.


Habits that increase productivity need not be the hard scheduling kind of habits you’re used to at the office. Changing your night routine to create a less-pressured day ahead of you lets your brain know you’ve got things under control, so your body can relax and get some rest.

Change starts with small steps that have big impact! ~ Essence Media

Bedtime Habits That Increase Communication

@ Home

  • Make sure everyone goes to bed at the same time
  • Relax as a family. It’s always good therapy as a family to talk about your day
  • Put all gadgets away and wind down naturally

@ Work

  • Make sure you have an outfit picked out for tomorrow
  • Pack everything you will need the night before
  • Check your schedule and see what meetings, ect, you have lined up

@ School

  • Pack your school bag the night before (Make sure everything you will need is in your bag, i.e. stationary, textbooks, normal books, lunchbox)
  • Make sure your uniform is ironed, neat and ready to go along with your shoes
  • Relax before bedtime, read a book or write poetry, listen to music or watch a movie – as long as there is no screen time an hour before bed

@ Conflict

  • Get enough sleep so when you come into contact with a stranger and something happens, you can think rational and not irrationally
  • This goes back to the first one; get enough sleep so you can use your brain and think clearly. Don’t jump to conclusions. You may have heard what other people have said and snippets of the conversation but you don’t really know what happened 
  • Be patient and generous. Make it  easy on your part to forgive and move on. Be the bigger person

@ Relationships

  • If you’ve got problems, work them out before bedtime. This way, your mind isn’t over-thinking and you get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed
  • Go to bed at the same time as your partner. Studies show that women tend to have more positive interactions with their partners in the morning if both parties spent the same amount of time in bed, next to each other
  • Do “couple things” before bedtime every 2 days to stay connected with each other
While a good part of these habits that increase communication seem pretty simple, it’s the act of changing your ways that breaks a habit, clears the air, and creates safe spaces for better communication.

Bedtime Habits That Increase Well-Being

Be mindful of self and others at all times. We often forget that only by walking a mile in another’s shoes can we truly understand their life and their choices.


Be kind to the people you meet and the animals you pass. Today may seem like a good day for some, when in reality they just hide it better than others do.


Keep your word. Making a commitment to a person or a task is a conscious decision you make to stay connected and involved until the end of the task (or relationship).


Apologise, and then change the behaviour that needed an apology.


Finish the job. No matter what the task is, complete it to the best of your ability. Start … and then finish what you started.

Recommended Reading:

7 Ways To Beat Stress In Just 7 Days

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