Wake Up & Eat an Elephant
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That dreaded sound is blaring in your ear, you reach over and hit “snooze,” wanting ten more minutes of sleep. You stayed up late getting chores and to-do list done, and now you do not want to tackle another day of rushing trying to get everything done.
Ring a bell?
My 5 year old wakes up anywhere from 5:45-6:45, which means I am an early riser. While I hear her tiny footsteps coming into my room and all I can think is “just 5 more minutes!” But, if I’m up any later than 7:30 I feel like I have wasted so much time. We tend to be behind in everything we do that day, and I feel like I don’t get much accomplished. So, I have come to embrace it. I feel immensely productive when I get up early.
What if I could help you learn to love waking up and eating the elephant…one bite at a time? Wouldn’t it be great to get thinks check off your to-do list early?
Don’t get me wrong; I have days I feel like nothing got done that I needed to do. Honestly, it sometimes feels that I did absolutely nothing. I’m far from perfect, but I do have some tips that I do that help me to get stuff done.
Schedule your day the night before
Yes, the night before. You don’t want to do it in the morning and use up valuable time. Write down the three priorities that you need to get done. Then, maybe add two others that would be beneficial. Schedule the time you want to do these and a time limit for each task. That way you know how much time is needed to get your list done. Bonus if you plan out your meals for the day. That way you aren’t rushing to figure out what to make.
Check off the items once you complete them. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I get to check an item off.
Stop hitting SNOOZE
I admit I am guilty of this. I snooze way more often than I’d like. Snoozing is not beneficial, though.
When you snooze, you are making it harder to get up. You restart your sleep cycle; then you interrupt it when your alarm goes off again. This takes your body and brain by surprise resulting in that groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling. Research shows that this feeling can last 2-4 hours. That’s not very helpful for starting your day off productive.
So, set your alarm for when you have to get up and get up. If you have to, set your alarm across the room, that way you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
You’re creating a new habit; it’s not going to become habit overnight. Stay consistent and run with it.
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