Among the benefits of waking up early and finding how to increase your productivity is having the motivation to study and increasing your productivity in the work place. But that’s not just it. You get time to go to the gym, meal prep, get more done and free up more time for yourself.
Everyone wants to wake up earlier than they do for a reason. The time you wake up has a lot to do with what you do and how well you do anything throughout the day. For me, I hated it when I woke up past 10 because by then everyone is awake, the house is busy and the only things left to do are to eat, take a shower and do chores. By noon I know there is very little time left, and every time I wake up late, I am tired and I can only think of watching a movie, laying on my bed and going to sleep.
I am an early riser but I also have my days in which sleep catches up to me.
What I love most about the mornings is the fact that it’s really quiet. I live with my family and the house is full of activities and noises and that time is really sacred to me.
Nowadays I look forward to it. The other issue is sleeping early. I sleep around 11-12 which for me to wake up around 5:30 is not actually enough sleep. My body needs around 7-8 hours of sleep. Those days that I sleep late are the ones that catch up to me and sometimes I sleep like a zombie.
When you wake up early you have a really long day ahead of you. Sometimes when I see that all my tasks for the day can be finished before noon, I try to go back to sleep so I would have something to look forward to during the day. But going back to sleep hardly works for me so I just do something else.
You might think that being a morning person has a lot to do with waking up early. It doesn’t. If you tell yourself that you can’t wake up early because you’re not a morning person then it’s all in your head. The moment you decide you can’t do something. Then you won’t. You’re shutting down your brain. It’s as easy as that. You have to want it to do it.The moment you decide you can’t do something. Then you won’t. Click To Tweet
Waking up is 50% determination, 30% preparation, 10% execution and the other 100% has to do with your health, mental state, and other factors that may affect it which you have no power over. But what you have power over is what we are going to treat.
Six things that will fuel your productivity
There are some things that have helped me to wake up early and that’s what I’m sharing with you today:
1. Plan your day the night before:
I always write what I have to do the next day down in sticky notes and paste them beside my bed.
You writing it down tells your brain that this is important and it will remember it when you wake up. Even if you forget it, that bold color will stare at you throughout your day.
2. Organize your workplace to increase productivity
My creativity point is my bed. It’s where I do almost everything. From sleeping to eating to daydreaming to reading, to studying, to writing articles and what not.
So I organize things around me because it de-clutters my head and I can clearly see what I have to do. Besides, I will have fewer things to do in the mornings so most of my excuses will disappear.
Organizing also gives me a feeling of control, of joy and I know you have felt that too.
3. Have a passion to have something to be productive about
If you don’t like something, you wouldn’t want to do it.
And that inner battle you face every morning, only your passion will win.
your passion is what drives you to be motivated most of the time.
Something I do is that I never put studying first thing in the morning. It’s always writing and reading. Then comes studying because by then I am fully awake and my brain is exercised.
So if you want to wake up early put your passion first, cooking, working out, taking a walk, yoga, etc.
4. Drink water to hydrate
This might seem weird to you. But I am a water drinker, I love water. Every time I take water before I sleep or when I wake up, that hydration gives me energy and I feel really great.
Besides drinking water wakes your brain up, your metabolism, circulation, etc. always have a cup of water beside you, and if you are a tea or coffee person, then keep a flask beside you.
Read: Benefit of drinking water immediately you wake up
5. Never snooze your alarm clock
You rather set your alarm 10 minutes late or even 30 minutes late than hit the snooze button. Despite being a productivity killer, hitting the snooze button is also bad for your health.
Everyone has a sleep cycle and when that 6-7-8 hour sleep cycle ends by your alarm clock, you hitting the snooze button trying to get that extra sleep will make your body start another sleep cycle and when it gets disrupted too, it messes with your brain.
Which will affect you mentally, physically and emotionally. So please whatever you do, don’t snooze. For me I hate alarms, I hate sounds so even if it goes to snooze on its own and I see it, I try to shut it down. Another tip is to keep your alarm clock far from you. That trip should wake you up. Depending on the kind of person you are.
6. Stick to a time of waking up
If you want to wake up early, choose a specific time to go to sleep and wake up and repeat them every day of your life. By the way no weekend exceptions.
Your brain knows routine and habits but it doesn’t know exceptions. So don’t confuse it by doing that. If you do, it will never become a habit of waking up early in the mornings. What amount of sleep does your body need? It’s not the same for everyone. Some need 6 some 7, some 8, some even nine, it all depends on you.
I need at least 7, so I try to go to sleep before 11 and wake up 6, it’s all up to you. I would have wanted to wake up at 5 but I know I can’t sleep earlier than ten on a normal basis so I have to make it work for me. Make it work for you too.
2. Execution of the productivity hack
We plan and want a lot of things but we sometimes don’t do them, that’s the hardest part. I will teach you the 5-second morning ritual I do that helps me get a lot of things done. I did not invent this Mel Robbins did and it’s called the 5-second rule, it’s about courage. Courage to do whatever you want. People apply it differently but it works great in this area of my life. So all you have to do is:
The 5-second secret to waking up at 5am
• When you open your eyes and that realization that you have to do something kicks in, by the way, I know there are a lot of excuses trailing behind, before it catches up just think of what you have to and say 5-4-3-2-1 and up.
Just get up immediately, and like a robot grab your laptop, or workout clothes or book and all excuses will fall. It might sound unrealistic or too simple but hey, simple is the best. No one likes complicated especially not in the mornings.
Try it even during the day, when procrastination kicks in. you can even paste huge 5-4-3-2-1- sign directly opposite your bed and trust me it works wonders for your productivity level.
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