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15 Creative And Effective Ways To Wake Yourself (And Your Loved Ones) Up In The Morning

15 Creative And Effective Ways To Wake Yourself (And Your Loved Ones) Up In The Morning

So you’re not a morning person. Let’s be honest, who is? Whatever time of day you’re most awake and productive, you still have no choice but to wake up in the morning for school or work.

Choosing your method of waking up, now that’s an entirely different story. Check out these creative wake up ideas to wake yourself (and your loved ones) up in the morning so that you have enough time to prepare for the day ahead.

1. Preset Your Coffee Maker

Unless you’re okay with cold coffee in the morning, a warm cup of coffee waiting for you nearby is often enough to get up any regular coffee drinker. Purchase a coffee maker that you can load up the night before and set on a timer to be ready when you wake up.

2. Make it a Contest

Who can resist kicking butt no matter what time of day it is? Use incentives to get your family up in the morning. Compete against your partner and see who can get ready first – while still looking presentable – or pit your children against one another. Offer a reward to whoever wins, whether it’s allowing the winner to make the decision on the next date night or letting the winning child choose which cartoon to watch after school.

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3. Wake Your Kids Up to a Dance Party

A jolt of excitement in the morning is an easy way to wake your body up. When your kids only dive beneath the covers when you try to wake them for school, give them a surprise. Start up some music (not so loud that it pushes them farther under the covers) and break out in a dance number, encouraging your kids to join you.

4. Wake Up to a Workout

You may have a daily personal training session or scheduled time at the gym, but that’s no guarantee that you’ll get up. Start your day off with 30 bicep curls. If you have this alarm clock, you have no choice. It won’t shut off until you’ve finished the set. It has an internal motion sensor, you can’t cheat!

5. Wake to a Chase

Are you one to constantly press the snooze button time after time? Clocky doesn’t allow you to do that. After one snooze, the clock will jump off your nightstand and hide from you until you get up to turn it off. The best part? It’s only a $10 investment to get you up on time every morning.

6. Enjoy the Sunshine

Maybe you can’t wake up at the same time the sun rises, leaving that natural light fairly useless as an alarm system. But you can simulate a sunrise in your room with a clock like this. It works by gradually lighting up to help you wake naturally -only you get to control the sunrise. With a clock like this, you’ll enjoy a more pleasant morning routine.

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7. Schedule an Appointment

There’s nothing worse than being late for something important. Force yourself to wake up earlier by scheduling important things in the morning like personal training sessions, meetings, or breakfast dates with friends.

8. Use SnūzNLūz

The SnūzNLūz alarm clock is perhaps one of the best ways to wake you up in the morning by using money as an incentive. No, you don’t get paid when you get up on time, but it will cost you if you choose to sleep in. The clock connects to your bank account and will donate money to your charity of choice (preferably one you don’t want to donate to!) if you press the snooze button.

9. 3…2…1…Blastoff!

Wake each morning to a rocket launch. This nifty alarm clock shoots a toy rocket in the air and doesn’t turn off until you return the rocket to the base, forcing you to get up and find the rocket before you can enjoy peace and quiet again.

10. Throw Away the Key

The night before you go to bed, lock your alarm clock or phone in a box next to your bed. Hide the key outside of your bedroom before you go to bed so that you’re forced to get up before you can turn off your annoying alarm and reunite with your phone once more!

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11. Send the Dog In

If your kids are having a tough time waking up, send Fido in to do the dirty work. His kisses are sure to wake the kids up, and they can’t even be mad about it. Seriously, who could get mad at the family dog?

12. Wake Up to a Carpet Alarm

Have a tough time getting out of bed? This carpet alarm won’t shut off until you do. It’s a cozy item that doubles as a genius way to get you up in the morning. It doesn’t shut off until your feet hit the floor.

13. Go to War

If every morning seems like war in your house, play along. Use this sonic grenade to get your kids up in the morning. Simply pull the pin, throw it in your child’s room, and get out of the way!

14. Wake to Silence

If you want a quiet, peaceful means of getting up in the morning, try this silent alarm clock. It’s a bracelet that wakes you up by sending vibrations through your arm.

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15. Wake to Sweet Vibrations

If nothing else seems to work, wake to your vibrator with a Wake-Up Vibe alarm clock (for women).

Featured photo credit: lauren rushing via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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