February 29, 2016

Becoming a Morning Person & Increase Productivity

Lately my sleep schedule has been AAAALLLLLL over the place and because of this I don't feel as productive as I could be. I am NOT a morning person, but for school and work I wake up relatively early. However, I compensate for waking up early by taking naps when I get home. Then I end up staying up late and thus the cycle continues SMH!

I've always envied the people that can hop out of bed at the crack of dawn and just be so popping every day. They seem so full of energy and I feel so blehhhh. So what is their secret?? THERE MUST BE A SECRET!!! Plot twist... there isn't. The same "secret" behind losing weight, getting good grades in school, and anything else in life is motivation and consistency. Starting next week (after the music festival lol) I plan to get my schedule back on track and get more things done during the day instead of dwelling on how tired I am. 

Set a bedtime. Knowing what time I need to go to bed every night to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep is essential. For me, this time will usually be 11pm. Setting a bed time is important for the rest of these tips. If you go to bed whenever you pass out then you are already setting yourself up for failure. 

Have a night routine. At least 1 hour before you bedtime, turn off all your electronics and lights and start your routine. I plan to light some candles and listen to soft, soothing music while I do my skincare routine. A routine allows for your brain to start settling down and prepare for bed. When you stare into a screen or have bright lights on your brain feels it still needs to be alert and it will be that much harder for you to fall asleep. Also, if you are a snooze person, put your alarm/phone on the opposite side of your bed. That way you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. 

Make a morning routine. I usually set my alarm for 2 hours before I have to leave. If you can wake up the same time every day then you are ahead of the game!! When I wake up I HAVE to take a shower and wash my face. Then I'll make my breakfast and write a to-do list for the day. Planning your day is great for knowing what you need to accomplish and keeps you motivated to not slack off. After eating, I will get dressed, grab my things, and be out the door. For some, a morning routine may include working out which is great for a morning jolt! 

Comment below if you're a morning person or a night owl? If you're a morning person what are the things you do to wake up early and be productive?? 

1 comment:

  1. I have not been a morning person for YEARS! Living and working on campus was excellent. I had a great schedule. Now I have the hardest time in the mornings. I definitely need to come up with some night time / morning rituals to make it a little easier on myself. Great tips. :) XO - Alexandra

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