Category: Productivity

If your like me, your life is super busy and fast paced. Let me help you improve your productivity! Whether your in your 20s, 30s, or more, single, married, or a mom, I am sure you will find tips and tricks relevant to keeping your life on track and allowing you to get the most out of your days. I can’t help add more hours to your day, but I can help you to make it feel like it.

Planning Basics

Discover tools that can help you put your day into perspective. From paper planners to planning apps, let me show you what I have used. Learn to juggle your days and make sure everything gets complete while still finding time for yourself. As a wife, business manager, hard core hobbyist, and entrepreneur I have had to learn creative ways to manage my time. Then I put them together in this blog so I can share them with you!

Habit Change

It is human nature to resist change, but sometimes we have to if we want to each success in our lives. My productivity posts will share with you simple steps to help change habits and keep the change permanent.

How to Stay Productive When Your Overly Stressed

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Today was one of those days. You know the type I am talking about. The kind of day when so many thoughts are spinning through your head that you cannot keep anything straight. When you literally feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Days like this make staying productive difficult at best, and impossible at worst. I want to share with you my best tips for staying productive when you are overly stressed.

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Take a Time Out

First, before you try and do anything else, you need to take a break. It can be a small break or a rather long one, it does not matter. What matters is that you remove yourself from your obligations and stressors for a few moments and just breathe.

This is always where I start. Depending on whether I am at work or home will depend on how long of a break I take. Weather permitting I will take a a short walk outdoors and breathe in the sunshine and fresh air. Just find something, anything that will get you out of your own head.

On days when I find it particularly hard to clear my head, I will use a guided app like Headspace, Curestress, or Pacifica. All three are downloaded to my iPhone for this use.

The most important part is to move away from your workspace for a minimum of five minutes. This gives your mind a decent refresh and allows you to come back to your task with purpose and a clearer head.

Prepare When You Can

Preparation is not always possible. Sometimes stress piles on us later in our day without warning. But if we can prepare, if we know its coming, take advantage!

In this case, we are looking for mental preparation. We need to get our minds and bodies ready for the task at hand. There are two ways we need to do that. One, sweat it out! There is nothing better for a stressed mind than an energy release through exercise. You can take a quick morning jog, throw on a workout dvd, or even try a yoga app. Sweat for at least 30 minutes.

Secondly, eat a good breakfast. I LOVE breakfast. It is seriously my favorite meal. Ok, maybe it has more to do with my love for coffee, but I love it just the same. Breakfast will help fuel your mind and body to take on the day.

Make a List

Ok, so we may or may not have prepared, but we have definitely taken a breather. So whats next? Oh yeah, we have to get to work.

When you return to your work area, take a piece of paper and make two columns. In the first columns, write down everything you have to do. In the second column, write down all those things that are causing you stress. Now compare them. You can even use lines to connect them. Connect the stress items to the to-do items they correlate with. If you want a pretty version, get my free printable here.

Now write a new list. On it, add all your to-dos that were connected to stressors. Get those out of the way first. In this way, you are essentially killing two birds with one stone. By removing items that are causing you stress, you will therefore have less stress when you go on with your list. Makes sense doesn’t it?

Once you add that first group, you can then add any other to-do items that are not causing you stress, but that may be time sensitive as group two. Finally, add any remaining to-do items as a third group.

I work my way down the list in this manner. Any items that are not causing me stress and are not time sensitive will likely get put off until the next day. This is just fine. You will still get them done, but they are not important on a day like this.

Plan Out Your Work

Look through the first section of your list. How much time do you think each task will take? Are there tasks that can be grouped together by location or other similarity? What is the best order to put your items in to get everything done in a way that makes sense?

Be realistic about this. Are you going to be ready for lunch in an hour? Do you have to pick-up your child from school shortly? Is there a conference call you need to attend at a certain time? Don’t pick a three hour project that is going to get interrupted in an hour. Instead, pick something that you can finish in the allotted time.

Now number your items in order of which you will get them done. When you finish with the first group, move on to the next group on your list (time sensitive). Do not bother with the third group today. If you have extra time to get some of these done, great. If not, we are not worried about it for now.

Don’t Try to Multitask

Seriously don’t. You won’t get anymore done by attempting to multitask than you would by taking one to-do item at a time. In fact, experts agree you will actually get less done. If you have trouble sticking to one task at a time, keep a notebook or piece of paper near by. Any time an idea, distraction, or side thought should pop in your head and work to sideline your progress, “park it”. Parking it simply means jotting down a quick note about it on a separate piece of paper and then move on back to what you were doing previously.

When not actively using them, turn both your to-do list and your parking lot list over so you can not read them. This will help keep further distractions at bay. Staring at that to-do list is not going to help get anything done any faster.

Have a Clear Workspace

Ideally, I would like to tell you to have a clean and organized workspace. However, I find that the days that I am overly stressed are the days when neat and organized are no where to be found. Organized and neat took a wrong turn, got lost, and are sitting on a back road some where in la-la land. Maybe they are hiding behind the several looming piles and loose paperwork to be attended to.

Have no fear. We may not be able to get neat and tidy, but we CAN get a clear space. This is the only time I will advocate to moving those piles and loose papers elsewhere. Make a pile on another work surface out of your direct view, or a pile on the floor out of the way. Anywhere that is not your direct line of sight while you work is perfect. Yes, I did just give you permission to make a mess elsewhere. Its ok. We can clean it tomorrow when our stress is lower and we can get back to our usual productive habits. (If you find yourself moving stuff elsewhere on a daily basis, we need to take a look at organization overall my friend)

Do Not Forget to Eat

I have thought of moving this to number one, but have refrained for obvious reasons. Although I still think it is so important. I can’t be the only person who gets hangry. So we need to make sure we eat. Stress will cause all sorts of havoc on your body, including draining your energy. Eating will replenish some of this.

Plan out breaks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (if needed). These should be real breaks. Meals that you eat while you continue to work do not count. Minimally take 20 minutes to eat and once again breathe. Enjoy your food and give your body a chance to feel like it got fed. No eating at your desk either, it is just asking for you to end up working while you eat (yes, this means you!).

Have a few snacks on hand as well. Make sure they are healthy snacks. These you have permission to eat while working.

Get Moving (or Sit)

Your body does not like to do the same thing for hours on end. This is especially true if your work involves sitting down. Your joints and muscles are meant to be used in multiple different ways throughout your day. So give them what they want!

If your tasks involve sitting work, you need to make sure you move at least once per hour. When your work involves standing and/or moving then do the opposite and sit/rest at least once per hour. These do not have to be long breaks. In fact they don’t really need to be breaks at all. You can transfer yourself to a different position and continue your work.

Since most my work involves sitting, both in my day and night jobs, I know how much better I feel when I go for a short walk. Sometimes I simply walk down a hall and back, or I go outside for another five minute breather. I don’t allow myself long enough to get distracted, just enough to allow by body to move a different way.

Find Something to Play With

I couldn’t get through my days without my fidget toy. I swear by them. There are dozens of different ones out there. Stores even have whole sections dedicated to them. Fidgeting with an item or toy while you work will actually help to keep your mind on track. There are dozens of theories as to why this works, but no matter the theory it really does work.

The item should be small enough that it can fit in your hand easily. Or, in the case of those who type, you can even find a few that are safe to chew on. As a former paperclip chewer, I can attest to a few of the “chewable” toys. Among all fidget toys, this one is my personal favorite. I have four of them total!

Work in Some Breaks

Read any post or book on being productive, and they will tell you that working in breaks every 25 minutes is the best way to keep your brain focused. I am going to tell you that this is even more important on days when your stress is taking over. The hard part is to not let your brain drift back to stressful matters during these breaks. Well how do you do that?

Have items on your breaks that are equally distracting, fun, and can be done in a small timeframe. Let me throw my two cents in here that playing on your smart phone is not recommended. Ok, maybe your phone is fine as long as you stay off the social media. Take a few minutes to play a game. Read a blog post that you saved just for your break. Take a few pictures that you can use later (when we finally have time again for Instagram). Or my personal favorite, look at cute pictures of animals (I work in a veterinary hospital, what did you expect?).

After you complete each to-do task, or every 2 hours, take a longer break of at least 15 minutes.

Regardless of what you do, your break should be short. It should be fun. And it should be something that you look forward to doing.

Ditch the Distractions

Distractions and time wasters are not only counter productive, but they will also add to your stress when they diminish your time. Get rid of them. Today is not the day to allow them to intrude. Crush your phone, delete your email account, lock yourself in a windowless room. Ok, well maybe lets not go that far.

It is true though that cell phones, emails, and social media accounts are some of the largest distractions in today’s society. On days when the stress is at its highest and remaining on task is important, we need to take extra measures that these items do not come into play. Put your phone out of reach and place notifications on vibrate. Close your email and don’t let it run in the background. Close the blinds on any windows that look outside if distractions lurk there as well.

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Set a Reward and Know When to Quit

I put these two things together since they go hand in hand. On days when you are this stressed, have a reward in mind! After all, you deserve it after making it through today in one piece. Treat yourself to your favorite dessert! Watch that Netflix show you have been dying to see. Screw the chores tonight and put your feet up, you made it! But first, we must know when the say when.

Days like today aren’t necessarily work till you drop. We made our list, we trucked through most of it. Now we really need to re-evaluate. Do we have to finish the whole list today? Are we now just trying to squeeze in those category three items to feel more productive? Stop it! Do not do that to yourself. Know when to quit. Go home for the day. Move on to your reward. Let your mind finally have its real break. Jot down tomorrow’s list and step away from the desk. We are done!

Now, speaking of knowing when to quit, it is time for me to find my couch, remote control, and double fudge brownie. Hey, this girl knows how to reward herself!

What are your tips for getting through those stressful days?

 

 

 

 

Why You Need a Life-cation ( Life Vacation ) Right Now

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I just returned from the most AMAZING week! It wasn’t a trip to the islands, some fancy resort, or even a theme park. No, I took a Life-cation. Yup, you heard me right. I took a one week long vacation from life and I am going to tell you why you need one too!

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What is a Life-cation?

A life-cation is exactly that, a complete and total break from life. It is a time when you get to shut everything off and focus on your inner thoughts. Or not focus on anything at all. Other than that, your life-cation can be ANYTHING you want it to be. You just need to disconnect yourself from all of your regular life “stuff”. You can go anywhere and do anything you please as long as it does not involve the things you do on an everyday basis.

So what did I do during my life vacation? Well, I packed up both my dogs and headed south! Ok, not that far south, only about 2 hours. But my dogs and I headed south to the farm where I worked at as a kid. I stayed the week with my grandparents (neither of which are retired yet), so I had the house to myself most days if I chose. But, most the days I worked my rear end off. Physical labor is GREAT for burning off those things that might stress you out. AND I got to play with LOTS of animals. And who doesn’t love animals, right? Evenings were spent reading some great books and journaling.

Let me also tell you what I did NOT do during my life-cation. I didn’t do anything work related, no emails, no management responsibilities. I did not look at any of my financial accounts or worry about money (I took enough cash with me to buy meals and that was it). My husband also got left behind, although I did talk with him every evening and of course sent “good morning” texts. And I did not blog for the week. This was a hard one for me because I like to brain storm post ideas, it is one of my many creative outlets.

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When should you take a Life Vacation?

ANY TIME YOU WANT! I say this with a lot of enthusiasm. Because really you do NOT need a specific time or reason. There will never be a “right” time for stepping back from your everyday life. If you wait for a right time, you will be waiting FOREVER. Trust me, I know. Was it a good idea for me to take a total break during my $750,000 renovation project at work, our busiest time of the year, the building and almost launch of a second blog, and the start of my and hubby’s sport seasons? Absolutely not! But did I do it anyway? You bet. And I am so much better for it.

So WHY a Life-cation?

Ever sit and wish you had a “restart” button on your life? Well, we may not be able to push a restart button, but we can push the “refresh” button. If you are like me, you find “go mode”to be your everyday speed. I go and go and go, seeing how many things I can fit into each day. After awhile, my creativity starts to wane. My brain goes on autopilot and the work I am doing is not my best. My brain needs a refresh. And that is exactly what a life-cation is. A life vacation is a chance to completely refresh yourself.

The trick to having a life vacation be successful is to take one before you get to the point of burnout. Take it while you still have the energy to really enjoy it. In fact, a life-cation is actually a tool to avoid burnout, never letting it happen to begin with. It can also promote habit change. A life-cation is a great starting point if you are looking to make a change in your life. It was after one of these life-cations that I started working towards becoming a morning person. That one habit has changed my life! If you need to make a change, consider a “refresh” and then get started.

Why can’t a regular vacation do this? Well, regular vacations usually involve plans and other people. You have to put thought into regular vacations. The point of the life-cation is to not have to think. There is no need to plan. And the only people you need to entertain are the ones you absolutely choose. And you can do anything you want on your life vacation. Really, whatever you want. YOU make your life-cation worth it to you as only you will know what will refresh you.

Feel Refreshed!

I couldn’t be more excited about sharing my week with you! Although I was sad to return home, I was greatly looking forward to diving back into my everyday life (and I missed hubby). I came back feeling ready to take on the world. My brain was over flowing with blog post ideas, my manager side was lining up new projects, and the energy was abundant. And this happens every time I take one of these life-cations.

Not every life-cation needs to be a week long. Two days may be sufficient for you. It is more about what you do (or don’t do) on your life vacation that counts. But the important part is that you go do it. Then, reap the benefits.

Have you gone on a life-cation before? What is your go-to life vacation?

 

How I Went from Disaster to Organized in 30 Days

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A few months ago I was feeling overwhelmed. My busy life was getting even busier and everything felt disorganized. I found myself forgetting things, bills getting paid late, and tasks getting completed last minute. I felt like a disaster. As a manager and wife, I knew where this was heading. Something had to give. Welcome to how I organized my entire life in less than 30 days.

Create Command Central

I highly recommend two forms of command central. First, you should create a home center at a fixed location in your house. Here you can place a calendar, place for mail, grocery lists, notes, and so forth. Try combining calendars, white boards, and mail slots. There are some great ideas for home command centers all over Pinterest and other sites. Get creative and make it your own.

Second you should have a travel command central. This will depend on your personal preference and habits. A planner works for those people who rather have paper to physically write on. There are all sorts of planners out there, but my personal favorite is the Happy Planner. It is fully customizable, beautiful to look at, and very easy to make your own.

Other people prefer to use their smart phones and various apps. Evernote is a fabulous app for taking quick notes on your phone or tablet and keeping them for easy access. It lets you note websites, links, pictures and more that you can pull up later. Wunderlist is also a great app for making checklists of what needs to get done. This app lets you set reminders, due dates and times, and more. You can also use a combination of both paper and technology, which is my personal preference.

Organize the Paper Clutter

Or better yet just get rid of it. I had a really hard time with this one. I tend to hoard papers in every room of my house. You never know when you are going to need them again, right? Wrong. Ninety percent of those papers that you hoard are unnecessary clutter that you will never look at ever again. So stop wasting space storing and find a better solution.

Determine what you need to keep for your records, what you can scan for computer storage, and what you can recycle. Here is a great article that you can reference that explains what to keep and for how long. Important documents need to be placed in a fireproof safe. Documents that should be kept in original format can be stored in a small filing system or a binder system. Papers containing random information that might be useful later, like receipts for tax purposes, can be scanned and stored in your computer. I prefer NeatDesk for this task. It is awesome and super easy to use.

Lastly, control that mail! Don’t let mail pile up on your counter, table, or even your command center. I deal with mail the moment it comes into the house. Junk mail or advertisements go into the recycle right away. My bills go into my command center spot for bills needing to be paid. Any remaining mail gets placed in a “to-do” pile or a “to-be-filed” pile. I use a system of cute, labeled clips for containing these piles.

Get a Grip on Grocery Organization

Grocery shopping is the bane of my existence. I much rather scrub the floor with a toothbrush than deal with grocery shopping. This area was a “must” for me.

I recommend first taking inventory of what food you have. Then plan your meals for the next few days to weeks, depending on how much food you have available already. Once you are close to the end of your stockpile, its time to decide how often you want to grocery shop.

I prefer to shop every two weeks, mostly because I despise it so much. Every other Thursday night I sit down and plan out my next two weeks of meals. After that I take stock of anything on the grocery list from my command center that might be needed outside of meals. And viola, there is my shopping list. From here I can go to the grocery store or use my favorite grocery cheat and have my order delivered right to my front door.

Stop Wasting Space in the House

This was a hard one for me to tackle. I tend to be a bit of a packrat, a trait passed down from my grandmother. Who knows when I might need something that I have only ever used once, ten years ago, that doesn’t even work right. You never know, I might right? Wrong.

It wasn’t easy, but I broke the habit during my organizational craziness and you can too. Start by tackling one room at a time. Don’t worry about finding a place for everything now, it is not the time for that. Instead, start by going through the room and making piles. Make one pile for things to “keep”, one for “sell or donate”, and put anything you can throw out in a garbage bag. Once you do this the first time, go through the “keep” pile one more time. Ask yourself if you have used the item in the last 12 months or if it has sentimental value. If not, add it to the other piles.

If you have items that you rather sell than donate, GREAT! This can bring additional income to add to your pocket. Try sites like LetGo, Ebay, or Facebook yard sale groups. Just don’t wait. If you can’t make an effort to sell within the first week of making the pile, donate it instead.

Eventually, you will have a lot less “stuff” to find places for. You can even switch items to different locations in your house easier once you have less “stuff” sitting around. The best part is how amazing it will feel to not have extra clutter around your house.

Go on a Social Media Strike

Ok, so maybe not completely. I mean who can live without their daily dose of Facebook memes? What you should try doing is scheduling your social media time. Limit yourself to 5 or 10 minutes a day and set a timer to keep you on track. The first time I did this I was amazed. I thought I would feel cheated, like I didn’t get to look at everything I wanted to. Instead, after a few days I found myself not needing to check my phone all the time. The result was a lot more free time to get my other to-do items done.

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Make Time to Get Stuck in Your Own Head

Being disorganized is stressful, but even being organized can stress someone out. Your brain is not meant to always be on the go. It occasionally needs a time out. It needs a break from thinking, organizing, and planning. If I leave you with one change to make, make this one!

Taking a mental time-out is more than just vegging out on the couch and watching TV. You need to guide your brain into not thinking about all the other things you have to do. Meditation and restorative yoga are the two most common forms of brain time-out. I started using guided meditation to give myself a break from all the hectic stress and I felt rejuvenated and more focused soon after starting.

If self meditation isn’t your thing, try an app. Headspace is my personal favorite, it is easy to follow and the cartoons it uses are intriguing. I have also used CureStress and Pacifica with success. If you want to try a bit of meditation hypnosis, Glenn Harold makes a great series of free hypnosis recordings on topics from better sleep, to curing stress, and even getting over a fear of flying.

Thirty Days Later

I cannot believe how different my life is in less than 30 days! My stress level has decreased ten fold, which has increased my productivity even more. I no longer feel forgetful or like I need 20 more hours in a day. Ok, well at least not all the time. You can get here too. It takes 21 days to create a habit, so get out there and get started!

What is your favorite organizational tip?

20+ Things to Track in Your Planner to Feel Like You Have More Hours

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Why You Need a Planner

How do we get more hours in a day? This is an age old mystery that stumps most people. Finding enough hours to get everything done eludes me on a daily basis. There are so many things I need to do! I have bills that have to be paid, a house that has to be cleaned, meals that need to be planned, laundry to get done, animals fed, hobby time, personal growth time, time with my husband, the list just goes on. Do I start passing on things I want to do to make time for those things I have to do? Nope, just get yourself a planner!

Recently, I learned that the key to feeling like you’ve gained more hours is to plan your day. So, in January 2017 I made a purchase of a new planner and got started (I chose the Happy Planner, by far my favorite). It was a hard habit to change at first. But, now I get things done and don’t feel like I am leaving out areas of my life. My planner has become my daily guide and my key to staying organized. Below is a list of some things you can put in your planner to organize your life and make it feel like you’ve gained more hours in a day.

Things to Put in Your Planner

  1. Weekly Meal Plans
  2. Daily, Weekly, and Monthly House Chores
  3. Bills
  4. Financial Budget
  5. Exercise
  6. Practice/Hobby Time
  7. Connecting with Family
  8. Connecting with Friends
  9. Personal Development/Growth
  10. Significant Other Time
  11. Vehicle Maintenance
  12. TV Time (yes, plan those Netflix Binges and you won’t feel guilty after)
  13. Grocery Time (Not just the shopping, plan the time to make your lists!)
  14. Goals
  15. Books to Read
  16. Health Symptoms
  17. Moods
  18. Projects/Crafts
  19. Meetings
  20. Savings Goals
  21. Pet Care
  22. Places you’ve visited

The list goes on! There are just so many things you can track in your planner. What kinds of things do you track?

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Morning Person

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By nature, I am NOT a morning person. Far from it actually. I prefer to lounge around and take things slow in the AM hours.  My snooze button and I are excellent friends that love to meet up three to four times a morning. When I finally do grace the rest of the house with my presence, it’s in slow motion, with my own sense of timing. If you are like me, getting up before 7am is some form of torture you would rather do without. Who wants to me awake before the sun? What good could possibly come from it anyway? Well, actually it could change your whole life.

Once I finally settled into a routine with my husband, I found myself feeling like a real life version of the movie Groundhog Day. Every morning I woke up with just enough time for my morning makeup routine, grabbing a breakfast pastry, feeding my dogs, and running out the door. This had always worked for me pre-marriage so I had no reason to change it. The difference now was that I had more responsibilities to squeeze into my after work hours. After arriving home from work at six o’clock, I then had to cook dinner, clean up the kitchen, take care of the animals, fit in a workout, and get showered. By the time I was finished, it was time to call it a night. I had no time for things I wanted to do. I also had little time for my husband. It was then that I decided to try to become a morning person.

Fast forward three months and I feel super productive. I have more energy to get things done that I need to and time to get the things done that I want to. My days are no longer on repeat, no hamster wheel here! My stress levels have also decreased because I am no longer worrying about how to get more hours in a day. So here it is, my Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Morning Person in 30 days.

Start by becoming a productive night person.

The biggest key to becoming a morning person is to plan for it the night before. Set yourself up for success. Plan and layout your outfit for the day and your gym or workout clothing. Pack your lunch so it’s ready to go. Make sure your purse, briefcase, and any other work supplies are by the door along with your coat and shoes. Plan your breakfast and get together any ingredients you can for it. Do the same thing if you need to do any morning meal prep for the next days dinner. Having everything ready to go in the morning will make it easier to get through your morning routine smoothly.

Have a set routine and stick to it.

Having a list of things you want to accomplish in the morning is not enough. You will end up having something go unfinished. Instead have your list and make a plan. Then stick to it. Every morning I do things exactly the same: make the bed, have coffee, feed the dogs, workout for forty-five minutes, shower, makeup (which happens to be an extensively long routine), do a few house chores, and then eat breakfast. I know that if I get these things out-of-order that I tend to run late or skip items, leaving them for the evening.

Get a great nights sleep.

You will never be able to get up earlier on a consistent basis if you are not getting enough sleep to recharge your batteries. Adults should be getting between seven and nine hours of quality sleep per night. Once you know your ideal wake up time, count backwards to plan your bedtime. Plan on trying to fall asleep at this time. Use the hour or so prior for winding down, disconnecting from electronics, and getting ready for sleep.

Find an alarm that works for you.

Most people don’t want to wake up to the loud blaring noise that traditional alarm clocks make. Some cell phone alarms are slightly better, but still not great. If you’re using a traditional alarm clock, set it to a music station alarm. When using a cell phone choose your favorite song or one that motivates you. If you want to go one step further, there are even alarm apps that monitor your sleep patterns and help wake you at an ideal time in your sleep cycle. Try the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for your phone. I also use my FitBit and associated iPhone app also can identify when the best time to wake is based on my cycle.

Find a way to get light in faster.

Although natural light is best, it is not always an option depending on what time you get up. If natural light is an option, try opening shades right after your alarm sounds or getting to a room with no shades. You can also put timers on bedside lamps or look for sunrise alarm clocks that get brighter closer to your set wake up time. If you have a significant other that wakes before you they can lend a hand as well. My husband gets up twenty minutes earlier than I do. He opens the shades every morning to let some light in before I get up. Try this sunrise alarm clock:

Get a coffee pot with a timer.

My morning coffee isn’t just a staple, it’s a requirement. The sooner I get it into my system, the better. Since my coffee is the first thing I reach for in the morning, I don’t want to wait for it to brew. Having my coffee pot ready to go when I am is a lifesaver to getting my day started. Not a coffee person? Prepare your morning drink or snack of choice so that it is ready to go the moment you get up.

Plan a morning workout.

This was a hard one for me. I never saw myself as a morning workout person, but I was likely to skip my evening workouts due to exhausting days. I started off small by just doing a twenty-minute cardio routine, setting an easy pace. Turns out that I actually had more energy in the morning and soon I was doing my full forty-five minute workout. If you have a difficult time finding workout motivation regularly, try a video series or online instruction. I found T-25 to be a great one for morning motivation. Also, on days when I may be more tired, I do yoga with the DownDog App (by far the BEST yoga app out there). Trust me, it will be worth it.

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Have a reason to be excited.

Give yourself something worth waking up early for. This can be anything you like. Maybe it’s a morning yoga class that you really like. Perhaps you like sitting on a porch, watching the sunrise while eating your breakfast. Or maybe your like me with an addiction to Netflix and you only let yourself watch it early in the morning while getting your day started (on my iPad which I walk around the house with. Don’t judge.). Whatever your excitement, use it to motivate yourself.

Change your wake up time gradually buy your sleep time right away.

You don’t want to shock your system by jumping right to trying to wake up early. You will fail after a few days. Instead, plan on increasing your morning alarm by 15 minute increments every few days until you reach your desired time. However, don’t do this with your bedtime. Instead, when you find your ideal bedtime, jump right to it. The extra sleep will give you a boost for getting up earlier.

Start on a weekend.

What? Wake up early on the weekend? YES! Most people think of starting a new routine on a Monday, but that is not always helpful. Since most people sleep in late on Sundays, it is harder to go to bed earlier, and you might have trouble sleeping all together. If your like me and get cases of the Monday’s, where you have trouble sleeping on Sunday night anyway you will already be a disaster. Instead, start on a Saturday morning. Even if you don’t go to bed early Saturday night, still get up early again Sunday morning. By Sunday night you will be tired and ready to go to bed earlier, making the Monday morning alarm easier to handle.

Remember, even if you fail the first time, keep going! You will find your days more productive and your energy levels increased by getting up and starting your day earlier. Rise and shine sister! We have stuff to do.

 

 

 

 

 

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