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10 Super Easy Ways To Become A Morning Person

10 Super Easy Ways To Become A Morning Person

Some people are naturally morning people, while others prefer to sleep in or insist they just can’t get up early. We all know the early bird catches the worm, but many people struggle to get up and on their feet early in the day. It’s better for you to get up early, so give these 10 simple tips a try and become a morning person.

1. Get more sleep

Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night is proven to help with cognition, so go to sleep early, and you’ll feel rested when the alarm goes off. Once you get the hang of it, you probably won’t need an alarm to wake you, as your body will know when it’s time to get out of bed.

2. Don’t use screens in your bedroom

Keep your TV, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets out of your bedroom. A dark room helps facilitate sleep, even if you are going to bed before it’s fully dark outside. You can find light-blocking blinds to help keep the light from intruding, giving yourself the best preparation for sleep.

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Electronic screens also keep it light when it should be dark, and most often excite rather than calm us down because often we’re watching things that entertain rather than relax us. If you must have a sleep aid, try listening to some quiet music to help you fall asleep, or read a book.

3. Go to bed when you are tired

Trying to sleep when you aren’t tired is a big mistake. You’ll toss and turn, which is frustrating and can cause you to get anxious and irritated. If you get up early every day, you’ll be tired earlier and get into the right sleeping patterns. It might take a little while, but it’s worth it.

4. Get into a routine for sleep

Making a routine for sleeping helps the body prepare. Our circadian rhythm wants us to sleep when it’s dark and get up with the dawn. People who live and work outside know the value of a good night’s sleep and how it helps you to perform all day. We can’t all work outside or exhaust ourselves physically, but exercise, regular sleep times and consistency help.

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5. Don’t press the snooze button

Delaying getting out of bed when you are awake will make you more tired. You are already awake, so just get up and start your day at the first ring of the alarm. Your body will thank you. You’d probably get up very early to go on vacation, so give it a try for a week as your regular routine.

6. Once you are up, get moving

As soon as you get up, wash your face and grab a glass of water. That will help you to feel awake, and you can start exercising, eating, or preparing for your day.

7. Get up at the same time very day

If you go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, your body will adjust and create a pattern that it will naturally want to follow, making you a morning person. Breaking your sleeping pattern on weekends will set your hard work back, so keep your routine going every day. You’ll have more time to do things you want to do, and that will help you feel more relaxed and less rushed.

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8. Work out in the morning

You might feel tired at first, but after a workout in the morning, you will be refreshed and ready for your day. Working out at night can make you over excited, and you might eat too much after exercising, causing you to feel full and preventing you from sleeping.

9. Find some natural light

Take a walk. Go find the sun. Get outside each day for at least 15 minutes to feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy fresh air. We all need vitamin D, and in winter it’s hardest to come by, so you must do it more often when it’s cold and least appealing. Even if you just walk around outside your office at lunch, you’ll get the benefits and feel energized for your afternoon.

10. Look forward to something each day

We all need something to look forward to each day. Whether it’s your job, your family, your pet, or your early morning meditation, if you have something that makes you happy, you will have the energy to feel good and get moving. Use the time you gain each day to spend on yourself, on others, or on a hobby. If you’re sleeping more than seven hours per day, you’re missing out on time you could have used to do things you love.

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Become a morning person.

Getting up early regularly will help you to become a morning person. Try these tips for at least seven days to break your bad habit of sleeping in. You’ll feel more refreshed, energized and ready to go!

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Last Updated on May 23, 2019

Ditch Work Life Balance and Embrace Work Life Harmony

Ditch Work Life Balance and Embrace Work Life Harmony

How do you usually go about your day?

Do you wake up in the morning, get ready for work, and then spend the whole day looking forward to being at home and unwinding?

We often hear about work life balance – having a good balance between work and personal time. Whilst this may sound like a smart idea, it can also imply that we should dedicate at least half of our time to work–and sacrifice time for our “personal life”.

To me, that seems…off balance. Because, the truth is, it’s nearly impossible to split your time equally between the two. And, you may end up stressing out if you’re not able to meet that expectation of balance.

Instead, why not think of having work life harmony instead?

With this mindset, you can actually integrate work into your life in a way that feels more complete. This way, you don’t need to view work and having personal time as separate.

So, how do you achieve work life harmony?

Work Life Harmony Explained

The difference between work life balance and work life harmony is pretty simple. With the former, there is an implication that you have to sacrifice your “life” for work. But, this is the worst way to go about things! How can you truly be at peace in life if you dread 8 hours of your day?

Work life harmony on the other hand, allows your work to be a part of your life. This means that you can choose to be happy both at home, and at work! Work no longer needs to be seen as the ‘bad’ or un-fun activity.

Having work life harmony also ensures you’re truly present in whatever place you find yourself.

Just take a look at Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon for example.

He uses a non traditional approach to work by making time for breakfast every morning with his family, doesn’t set his alarm before going to bed, schedules surprisingly few meetings, and still puts aside a few minutes every day to wash his own dishes.

He believes that all his staff should stop trying to achieve a ‘balance’ in their work and personal lives as that implies a trade off. Instead, he envisions a more holistic relationship between the two.

As the world’s richest man, he must be doing something right!

Rethink Time Management

Now, when we think of striking a balance, we usually associate it with time, don’t we? How much time are we spending at work versus how much time are we spending in our personal lives?Are we taking enough time to be with our loved ones, to do meaningful activities with others or even for ourselves, or are we just dedicating all our time to work?

This is the so-called-balance that many struggle with.

With work life harmony, we learn to rethink time management. By re-assessing how you manage your time, you’ll have a lot more of it. It’s incredible how much time can get wasted over the period of a day–especially when you’re not accurately tracking it.

Unfortunately, unless you’re consciously making an effort, your brain is not always the best at making accurate judgement calls when it comes to prioritizing. It tends to have a bias towards short term benefits and short term costs.

As there are often many more options our brains link to short term benefit; when you’re trying to focus on a task that gives you a long term benefit, that task usually becomes low priority. This is otherwise known as Priority Chaos.

In order to overcome this and be in better control of your time, identify the tasks that need the most focus to get accomplished. If it’s a big task, then it’s good to break it down into smaller bite-sized actions that will provide you with a clearer short term benefit.

When setting up tasks, give yourself a time limit. The brain has a bias towards short term benefits, and your attention span is limited, so if your tasks are going to take ages to complete, you’ll end up losing focus… and wasting time.

Once you have all your tasks written down, it’s time to prioritize them. Since you have a time limit, your focus should be on the top priority tasks. By doing this, you will already be able to get more done in less time at work!

Have Passion for What You Do

Managing your time is important in achieving that work life harmony. But, perhaps of greater importance, is loving what you do in life. One of the most effective ways to achieve a work life harmony is to really enjoy, or find a purpose, in what you do for a living. Even though everyone isn’t always lucky enough to find a position that pays them for pursuing their passion, you can strive to find meaning in what you are already doing, or pursue something new entirely!

For example, say you work at an office that sells paper. While many people wouldn’t consider this a world changing pursuit, I beg to differ. Think of all the individuals in the world that rely on paper. From creative types to quantum physics experts, your role at your workplace brings incredible value to many many people all over the world. You will have, without a doubt, helped bring a new idea into existence. Several new ideas to be precise.

So have a think about what you’re doing now. Is it something that allows you to embrace your passion?

Or perhaps you might not even know what it is that you love or enjoy doing. Why not explore and reflect on what gives you joy and contentment? Is there an area or industry that you could see yourself exploring to experience that fulfillment?

Can you find a deeper purpose in what you’re already doing?

When you’re able to find meaning in your work, you’re that much closer to achieving work life harmony.

Don’t Be Intimidated By Obstacles and Limitations

Creating work life harmony is also about understanding yourself–which includes your limitations and past obstacles–as this allows you to become more resilient.

If you never had to experience struggles, challenges or setbacks, then you would never be forced to adapt and mature. So in theory, having to face obstacles in life is actually quite necessary.

Most of us think of setbacks and obstacles as negative. Though, if you’re able to maintain an optimistic attitude, you’ll almost always have a higher chance of success of overcoming those obstacles to reach your eventual goal.

Your attitude towards setbacks will define the outcome of whether you rise from the challenge or remain stuck in it. So, in order to achieve work life harmony, it’s important to have a resilient attitude as challenges will always come your way–especially when you strive to integrate work into your life, and not a separate or dominant part of life.

Delegate When You Need To

Of course, when you want to increase productivity and minimize the time or effort spent, a great way to do so is to delegate!

If you spend a lot of time doing tasks on your own that could be delegated to others (whether at work or at home) you’re losing a lot of precious free time that could otherwise be spent elsewhere.

At the end of the day, we all have a limited amount of time. So we should all be striving to create a harmonious work and living situation where we can find meaning in all that we do.

While an overall goal may be meaningful, not all of the milestones or tasks needed to get there may be meaningful. That’s because we have our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Not every task is going to be enjoyable or easy to complete. That’s where delegation comes in.

Delegation simply allows you to leverage time from an external source, thus giving you opportunities to increase your own quality of time. Keep in mind that delegation should be done with deliberate attention, otherwise you may end up over relying on others.

If you find that you’re running into the problem of over delegating, then it may be time to re-evaluate your motivation for doing whatever it is that you’re doing.

Embrace the Circle and Become Happier and More Productive

Living in harmony is about feeling good about the ways in which you spend your time, despite how busy you may be.Your switch from work mode to a more personal mode should be effortless. It’s about integrating your personal life and the things you love into your busy work life!

It all begins with the shift in perspective. Understanding what your passions are, and learning to be resilient, before taking a different approach to the way you manage your time and everyday tasks.

These are steps that you can start taking to move away from balance to harmony. 

Featured photo credit: Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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