I am an early riser. I have this guilty conscience that i should get cracking with work and not waste days. At least not weekdays. But working from home, it is not always easy to motivate yourself from the get-go regarding work. So i took a look at the things that have helped me succeed. Here’s some tips on how to start the day productively.
I need to get up early most days to look after a dog, but i have my alarm on my phone. And like many others, that phone is always within reach. And it should not be really. By moving your alarm clock away from your reach, you are required to move to turn it off. This helps you get up. Ditch that snooze option too. Set your alarm for when you wish to get up. Give yourself a minute or two to come round, then get up. There is no advantage to a snooze button. As if you do not need to get up yet, then just set your alarm for a later time.
It should help you keep things fresh by regularly changing your alarm tone. By keeping the same sound forever, you may become intolerant to it. You are more likely to sleep through it too if you are a heavy sleeper. Sadly not an issue i have to worry about! Most alarms let you send different tones for each day of the week, so you do not have to manually change it every day.
On the off chance that you totally can’t awaken without a snooze, have a go at making a riddle for yourself. It doesn’t take advanced science to comprehend that the more extended your alert is going off, the more conscious you will turn into. Take a stab at making your alert hard to kill. Perhaps by putting it under the sink, putting it under the bed. Or even better, by constraining yourself to finish a riddle to turn it off. Take a stab at placing your caution into a blend bolted box and make yourself put in the mix to kill the alert — it’s irritating, however amazingly powerful!
Getting up early is easier if you get up at the same time each day. It allows your body clock to align and you to adapt your lifestyle so that you get an acceptable amount of sleep. The days is the same length for all of us. So in a way getting up early should not be a hardship unless you go to bed too late. You alone know how much sleep you need to have to be productive and avoid lethargy and fatigue during the day
There is plenty of evidence to show that the human body is conditioned to have two sleep cycles during a 24 hour period. It is part of your body’s natural cycle. So if you feel that adapting a Mediterranean mentality and having an afternoon power nap helps you, then do not be embarrassed to do so. Do what works for you and leads to the greatest productivity.
Make sure you have a specific reason to get up in the morning. Fill your day with things to do, and work out a plan of action for which order you wish to do things. This will avoid you getting stressed if you have a lot on. Personally i have a system that works well for me that involves doing the boring jobs first. this is because i am at my most productive and most alert first thing when i get up. And when i am sat down, computer on, with a coffee at hand. Thus i find it easier to do the tedious jobs then, as i will persevere. And it feels good to get them out of the way, and sets me up for the rest of the day. I may love my bed, but getting up early, through necessity, has really helped me be very productive.