It’s been forever since I’ve posted but don’t worry, I’ve got someone special to take over for a day… Multipotentialite!
Here, she talks about why changing your sleep habits is important when it comes to your health or even your life!
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Grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it.
Night Owl or Morning Bird? That’s a question frequently asked when wanting to get to know someone better. I guess it plays a vital role in our day-to-day patterns and how we schedule our time.
Why is this a crucial part of our lives?
Some people find that they’re more productive in the mornings and would rather rise early – hence, they would go to bed earlier in the evenings than others.
Other people would rather sit and work until late at night, and then struggle to get up or sleep late the following morning.
I happened to be the latter. I’ve never been a morning person – or so I thought. It’s always been extremely difficult for me to get up in the mornings. I want to get all my things done in the evenings and end up going to bed at about midnight or even sometimes thereafter.
Recently, it’s been bothering me. I also wanted to know what it’s like to be so fresh and full of energy in the mornings. I decided to get up early one morning as an experiment, and I ended up loving it! My partner suggested that I should maybe consider changing my sleeping schedule. You know, going to bed early and working in the early hours of the morning.
Here are tips on helping you to optimize productivity while changing your sleeping schedule!
It’s all in the mind
Stop telling yourself you’re tired. You are what you tell yourself to be, and if you’re going to tell yourself you’re tired all the time, that’s what you’ll feel.
Get the right mindset. Tell yourself that you can do this, and remind yourself why you’re doing it. Just get up extra early one morning. One morning only – no big expectations. You’ll end up loving it, and wanting to do it more often!
Go to bed earlier than usual
Depending on what time you’d like to get up in the mornings, go to bed earlier than you would have. If you need to get 6hours sleep and want to start working at 4am, make sure you’re in bed by 21h00. This gives you a window period of about an hour for falling asleep and waking up.
If you want to, you can gradually adjust your bedtime as well as your alarm time in the mornings. Start with small goals, otherwise, you’re going to end up exhausted and drained.
That snooze button is your worst enemy. I speak out of experience when I say this. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off, and wash your face with cold water.
I’ve started going straight to the shower even if I’m still half asleep, as showering wakes me up instantly. Once you get out of that shower, you’ll feel ready for the day that lies ahead!
I know all working adults can relate to this one. You’re just so tired in the mornings and end up going to work with unwashed hair. This makes you feel dirty even when you’ve showered – and plays a huge role in how you’ll continue feeling the rest of the day. Getting up early allows you the time to shave your legs and wash your hair, maybe even to paint your nails! This all will make you feel good and ready for the day.
Don’t start your day without practicing self-care. This is especially aimed at housewives and people who work from home. Just because you’re at home all day, does not mean you can stay in your PJ’s. Yes, sometimes it’s nice, but you have to keep on dressing and grooming as if you’d go to a day job. Most people who don’t follow this golden rule, tend to become depressed and demotivated at home.
Find ways to feel refreshed in the mornings!
Besides taking a shower, there are other ways to make you feel refreshed and ready for the day.
- Use perfume (stimulant – smells)
- Drink hot lemon water (stimulant – refreshing taste)
- Wear a favorite item like your favorite soft scarf or comfy shoes (stimulant – touch)
- Do something different with your makeup or hair (stimulant – visual and ego booster)
Schedule your day before you start
Once you’ve done all of the above and you’re ready to start working, start off by scheduling your day. I use a diary to list all the things I want to do that day – the joys of ticking off tasks are the best!
When doing this, it’s important to prioritize and set achievable goals. If you don’t, you’ll feel like a failure or become stressed out when nighttime approaches and everything has not been ticked off.
These are the things that I’ve been trying since last week. Although I’m not where I want to be with my sleeping schedule yet, getting up earlier in the mornings has most definitely increased my productivity and has helped me to feel more ready for the day ahead.
I hope that you’ll benefit from the tips I’ve listed above!
A big thank you to Zyra Kuma for the opportunity to guest post on this amazing blog.
I definitely agree with Multipotentialite when it comes to waking up early in the morning and being productive. I use to wake up early every day until it came to studying for exams and SATs till 12am. Seriously, I should go back to sleeping early and waking back up at 6AM to study!
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