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This Is What Would Happen If You Woke Up Just An Hour Earlier

This Is What Would Happen If You Woke Up Just An Hour Earlier

What if I told you there is a way to increase productivity, lessen stress, improve your health with exercise, and look better every day? Would you be willing to try it?

According to Women’s Health, “A growing body of research demonstrates that early risers have advantages when it comes to their energy levels, moods, and workout habits.”

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All you have to do is get up an hour earlier every morning. I know, I know—you aren’t an early riser or maybe you aren’t getting enough sleep as it is. However, once you experience the benefits of rising early, you will see it’s worth the effort, even if you aren’t naturally an early riser. And, you can start going to bed earlier so that getting up earlier isn’t so hard.

The NIH offers Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep. In their article, they assert that it’s important to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. So, let’s look at the positive benefits of getting up an hour earlier every day. Once your body gets use to this rhythm, getting up will be easier.

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1. You’ll be mentally prepared

When you know you have time on your side, your brain can slow down and stop racing. You will have time to plan out your day and organize your thoughts. You can visualize what your day will be like and mentally prepare yourself for what kind of day you will have. You start your day with dominion, instead of feeling harried and mentally disorganized.

2. You’ll get your exercise in

There’s nothing worse than having a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you know you haven’t done something yet. When you know you are getting up earlier to exercise, you can lay out your clothes for your workout the night before and have a plan for what exercise to do. When you wake up with time on your side, you can grab your workout clothes and get your exercise done before your day gets away from you.

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3. You’ll be able to actually eat breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When we are in a hurry and don’t time have time for breakfast, we might grab something unhealthy or skip breakfast and go hungry. Being up earlier allows time to eat a good breakfast, which could have a positive effect on your whole day—not to mention the energy you’ll get from having a good breakfast.

4. You won’t have to fight the crowds

If you commute to work, traffic gets busier as the morning goes on. It’s much less stressful to drive early in the morning when there’s less traffic. It’s the same for if you want to grab a latte or cappuccino—the lines will be much shorter the earlier you get to the coffee shop. Parking is also better the earlier you get there.

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5. You’ll look better

You’ll have more time in the morning to get ready. It shows when someone looks really put together. You’ll have the time to find the perfect outfit or to do those extra things: pluck your eyebrows, actually blow out your hair, shine your shoes, floss your teeth, etc. It shows. You present to the world a more put-together image. You feel better and look better.

6. You can work uninterrupted

Whether you work from your home or at an office, working when no one else is around has definite advantages. There is no noise and no interruptions, just the opportunity to be more productive in a shorter time. We all want to feel more productive and that we are using our time as wisely as we can.

The hardest part to getting up an hour earlier is the first few moments when you are tempted to go back to sleep. If you set your alarm across the room and don’t allow hitting the snooze button to enter your mind, you can stumble through the first few minutes and then realize that you do feel awake. It’s pushing through those first few minutes that makes all the difference. Once you do, and you become awake, the opportunities for you to experience something wonderful is there for the taking. Why not try it? It could make a huge difference in your day and life.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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