We all have goals we want to achieve and to have an extra hour out of the day can really help. Try to wake up early to squeeze in more productivity with our tips.
Having a good nights rest is necessary to bring out the best of yourself. After charging your batteries, you can rock out the day and be at the top of your game. Set a bed time 6 - 8 hours (your preference of sleep) before your alarm to start your nightly routine.
Knowing that you have packed your lunch and snacks the night before can save 10-20 min of your mornings. This simple task can be the easiest way to jump start your weight loss goals. Just take it out of the fridge and go.
Have your outfit and things packed the night before to save more time in the morning. One time waster is trying to find what you need the morning or changing into multiple outfits for no reason. The faster you get dressed will leave more time you can spend on important tasks or quality time with loved ones.
Set Alarm Earlier
Just a few minutes earlier can help you set up a new routine. As much as you dread the alarm clock, you can train your brain to wake up before it goes off. Kick start the new year with more time to utilize for your goals.
To really set your day off to a good start and to wake your body up is to drink a full glass of water immediately when you wake up. Your body can get dehydrated while you get that 6-8 hours of sleep. Not only will your body get back to equilibrium, a glass of water can help you wake up.
Move : Stretch or Workout
Get your blood pumping to your brain with a couple of stretches and some movement. Instead of hitting the snooze button, put your body to work with a couple of push ups, jumping jacks or sit ups. What ever you choose, the movement will bring oxygen to your brain and muscles so you can't go back to sleep.
Another way to really jumpstart a new day is to start off clean. A cold shower should really do the trick to wake you up but a warm shower will do. The reason why is when you're scrubbing the body it helps circulate blood around your muscles to help move blood around.
The most important meal of the day is crucial to make you last through out the day. Integrate a fruit, granola bar or a supplement drink into your routine so you can adapt to the change. Bring anything on the go to eat it later. After the hours of sleep, your body is able to absorb the most nutrition on a empty stomach. Make it count with a fresh smoothie or green juice with your vitamin pills.
Writing down your day's to do list can be a form of a journal. Scribble away any thoughts you have for the day or reminders that you want to jot down is a start. When you have a habit down for this bring your intentions into the to do list. For example, how do you want your day to end can be the closest thing to a journal. Once you become familiar with the practice, other ideas and feelings will come natural on paper.
Try To Avoid
TV & Cell Phone
We already know blue light is bad for us before we go to sleep. Just make sure that the TV isn't the last thing you see also. Both combined can be a distraction for us to fall asleep and prevent you from getting the rest you need.
As important as the one email can be, it can be a distraction from your routine and can create more stress. Make a checklist before you leave the office of the tasks you need to do for the next day. Determine the best time to check email 1-2 hours before you go to bed or leave them strictly for office hours. Understand that work emails can cause more tension and anxiety. This can stir up more trouble and worries in your mind than good.
Utilize your time the best when checking your social media by schedule blocking it out through out the day. Bring your phone out for only 20 mins every other hour or only a hour for a specific time that best works for you. Lots of time can be wasted when one news feed turns into 5 other sites and multiple updated status posts. Don't get lost in other people's worlds when you want to be productive in yours.
These are a few tips that can help you with your new years resolution or just a healthy change in your lifestyle. You don't have to do all of them, just choose the best tip that can work for you and that you can stick to. Don't get discourage when you don't have any motivation in the mornings, just take it one step at a time and the rest will follow.