No matter what your job it’s important to be productive and alert during your day. Let DealDash give you some tips and tricks to help.
There’s nothing worse than waking up at nine, thinking you’ll get lots of things done, and then glancing over at the clock and realizing it’s half-past ten and all you’ve done so far is have a couple of coffees. There is, however, another way to wake up, which means you can be getting stuff done quicker. Read on for some tips on how to have a productive morning, from DealDash.
The Night Before
I’m not going to tell you to get eight hours sleep because I think we all know that one. However, make sure you’re getting sleep in increments of 1.5 hours (the average sleep cycle) + 15 minutes (the time it takes to fall asleep). Part of the reason we feel groggy when we wake up is that we’ve caught ourselves in the middle of R.E.M. or when we’re just about to go into deep sleep. This is the time when our bodies will most reject waking up, so it’s best to avoid it.
Set Your Clock
You can work this two ways – see what time you want to sleep and set your alarm accordingly, or set your alarm, and fall asleep accordingly. There are apps out there like SleepyTime for iOS which can calculate this for you. If you’re still feeling tired for a long time after waking, try experimenting and see if your sleep cycles are longer or shorter than average. Try moving your bedtime earlier by 15 minute increments and see what feels right to you.
Make a To-Do List for the Next Day
But before you go to bed, consider writing a to-do list. One reason why we take so long to get going is that we don’t really know why we’re even getting up. You might have vague plans to clean the kitchen or to finish off that book isn’t helpful for the brain. In fact, it’s positively overwhelming. So write down what you want to get done and do it very precisely, into each individual task, rather than the whole. Clean the kitchen becomes clean surfaces, pots and pans, sweep, etc.
Another reason why writing a to-do list before bed is that sometimes it’s hard to sleep when you’re thinking about your chores for the next day. Once you have written them on your to-do list it’s easy to mentally cross them off in your mind.
Sleep Preparation Begins Early
There are lots of things we can do to get prepared for sleep, but one of the important ones is to stop looking at blue lights such as screens. Better yet, read or write for a while with dim lights to get ready for sleep. If you struggle to unplug before you sleep, try putting your phone on its charger on the other side of the room (with your alarms already set). Then get a book or magazine, and try reading for a while. If you don’t use your phone for your alarm, then you can even leave your phone in another room.
Drink More Water
Lastly, when you do wake up, you’re almost certainly dehydrated. We spend eight-plus hours without drinking, and often only have a coffee to wake us up. Combat this by having a glass of water as soon as you wake. Preferably, kee it by your bed so you can drink it as soon as you need to. You also need to eat. Preferably, something with lots of protein and carbohydrates, to give you energy through the day, rather than just a sugar rush from sweet cereal.
If you follow all of these tips, you should have better, more active mornings. But if you still feel sluggish, consider talking to your doctor about it, it’s possible that you are missing some nutrients or vitamins in your diet that can easily be corrected.
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