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5 Things That Will Happen When You Wake Up Two Hours Earlier For A Month

5 Things That Will Happen When You Wake Up Two Hours Earlier For A Month

Some of the most successful people in the world wake up early. I’m not talking about 07:00 or 08:00 o’clock. I mean so early that the average person is still fast asleep. Sure, each one of us is different – the important thing is to find a routine; find what works for your unique internal body clock.

There are many benefits to rising earlier. So, if you are playing around with your sleep routine to see what works or if you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone, why not rise a couple of hours earlier to see what happens. You might be pleasantly surprised at the benefits.

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1. You’ll have much more quality time for yourself

You’ll have more quality time to yourself if you wake-up earlier, free of distractions. In the early hours of the morning, no one is bothering you. People are asleep. Facebook is asleep.You can dedicate your time and energy to activities that benefit you, whether it be reading, writing, exercising or any other soul-fulfilling activity.

2. You’ll have more time to exercise

Wake up earlier and free up additional time to exercise. You’ll feel motivated to walk outside and move your body while enjoying the sunrise and nature. Exercise by its very nature is healthy for you, but more so early in the morning. It provides you with fuel to conquer the day. It boosts your focus, concentration and ultimately your productivity. This is no secret.

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3. You’ll be more in sync with nature (And the birds. Yes. The birds)

Not only will you be more in sync with yourself, but also with nature and your surroundings. By waking up earlier, you’ll have greater appreciation for smaller elements of life you previously took for granted, such as the humming of the birds. Over time you’ll become more in touch with nature. You’ll become more peaceful, relaxed and you’ll think clearer. You’ll be able to plan your day ahead with absolute conviction.

4. You’ll grow exponentially

Often, after a long day’s work, all you want to do is unwind. This is normal. But how often do you find yourself on the couch, in front of the television? Or browsing through Facebook? I’m sure this happens pretty often. I too am guilty of this. What’s worse is that this often (or sometimes, depending on who you are) extends beyond your bedtime, into the late hours of the morning.

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Whilst relaxation is important, such activities don’t allow for self-improvement. In fact, when you go to bed later, you wake up feeling exhausted as you’ve have spent added time glued to your screen. Wake up earlier to focus on your personal growth, distraction free. You’ll have greater clarity regarding your future plans.

5. You’ll sleep better (a lot better)

Over time, through waking up earlier, you’ll go to bed earlier. Ultimately you’ll sleep better and feel rejuvenated for the day ahead. You’ll have more energy and be a lot more productive. One study published in Springer Link found that those who go to bed later are more likely to be overwhelmed with repetitive negative thoughts.

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It takes time (ease into it)

Of course, it takes time to form new habits, 21 days, in fact, research shows. As someone who has always struggled to wake up early, researching and writing this article has given me the necessary encouragement to challenge myself to do so. Why?

Firstly, there are the benefits listed above. The benefits don’t arise from creating more time in the day or cutting back on sleep. The idea is to shift your sleep routine. This is where I have struggled – and I aim to change this. Secondly, I enjoy a challenge. If you do too, why not join me?

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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