Have you ever gone to sleep, gotten an 8hours rest but still wake up sluggish or grumpy maybe?
The way you set your life and the way you live has a direct impact on your sleep patterns and how you wake up and feel in the morning.
Time is your greatest asset, but if you don’t know how to properly utilize it, it will elude you never to return. A lot of people go through their days doing needless activities. Activities that do nothing to improve brain function let alone help them improve. Surfing social sites and scrolling down Facebook’s wall.
There are many reasons people aren’t productive, but I want to give you 4 ways to be and stay productive. Whether in the early morning or late afternoons.
Your Most Important Start
Want your morning to start off right?
First thing to do when you wake up is to eat breakfast. Breakfast really is the most important meal. When you get up from sleep your brain is like a laptop that needs to reboot. When you first open your eyes, your mind is slow to process things. Eating breakfast will help you get going.
Breakfast provides you with necessary energy so that you don’t start your day on empty. Not to mention it helps balance your weight gain and weight loss. Eating breakfast also gives you the benefits of peak brain functions because you are getting the necessary nutrients which balances your stress levels.
People who skip breakfast – Night owls such as myself, tend to try and make up for it later in the afternoons or night time, which really does not work that well and doesn’t substitute for an early meal.
One final thing: Skip the coffee. I know a lot of you are probably gasping at what you just read, but caffeine and sugar to start is just a great way to crash.
Have a routine
Every morning is a new day. A new chance at life, goals, etc.. A new chance to start fresh. When you start your morning the right way, the rest of your day is set and is in order.
It’s a good idea to set a routine for your mornings. Waking up every day, only to sit there and think of what you should do takes time. Not only does it take time but it also uses energy. Energy that can be better used for something else.
To have more momentum and energy for the day after a nice breakfast, have a routine, and from time to time you can shift things a bit so it doesn’t become dull. Having a routine means you get right into what needs to be done rather than reacting to what may happen.
Find Time For Routine Exercise
The thing about staying productive is that a lot of the times you know what can help you with that, but you try and find a shortcut to being and staying productive.
One of the best ways to stay productive is to exercise. exercising keeps you on your toes and focused. Those that exercise get better blood flow going to the brain which increases your cognitive ability, memory, and keeps your brain from degenerating from lack of usage.
With a combination of a well-balanced breakfast, exercising will skyrocket your energy levels and your metabolism.
No one ever feels they have the time, but not having time is just an excuse and any entrepreneur knows even when they don’t feel like doing something, they should do it. Your mind will form habits on its own, making you more productive and eager to continue when times become rough.
Prepare the night before
Along with a morning routine, it’s a good idea to be someone that prepares ahead of time.
Have a small to do list written the night before for the next day. Don’t try to memorize it, that’s a quick way to forget. Remember your brain is rebooting and just like a dream you had, you will soon forget.
Nothing is definite until it is written down on a piece of paper, and remember to keep the list short.
The better you are at planning the night before, the easier it is to overcome laziness and procrastination the following day. An important thing to remember is that whatever you stayed up doing last the night before, will be what your brain is fixated on while you sleep.
Your brain can be a valuable tool, but only if you train and allow it to help you. Even when you sleep your brain is at work trying to find an easier solution, so plan ahead.
You’re not a machine. You will get tired, you will fall out of whack with plans, to do lists, and routines especially when you first start.
When you set an alarm for the following day, be sure to place that alarm in a hard to reach spot. Somewhere that will make it very uncomfortable to reach which will force you to wake out of your sleep.
Always Allow your mind the time it needs to restart by sitting on the edge of your bed for a minute or two. Once ready, jump straight into it. An important thing to note, is to have breakfast within 1-2 hours of waking up.