I’ve always been a night owl and a serial snoozer, but this year I’m determined to be insanely productive and get things done. And although that sounds like a noble goal, in reality I have to make some serious and painful lifestyle changes…
Well, for starters, the only way for me to get more hours in the day is to become an early riser. Thus I’m in the process of tricking myself into becoming a morning person (yikes!). I believe the best way to go about it is to make a plan and start small. Therefore I’ve been setting small goals and doing my best not to overthink. The issue is, I’m an indecisive overthinker so if I give myself even the slightest chance to analyze some decisions I’ll literally get nothing done and get completely overwhelmed by the amount of work it would potentially require to get said thing done. It’s honestly a sick vicious circle, so in order to cure that, I’ve living by the mantra: don’t think, just do. Don’t think, just do. Just do it!
So I take it step by step- slow and easy. I open my eyes when my alarm clock goes off, try not to hit snooze. The next step is important because it’s so easy to just stay in bed for a few more minutes, but that would be very counterproductive since the whole point of this is to get more hours in the day. So I force myself to get up and immediately lift the shades on the window. I need light.
Although I’m still trying to understand how meditation works, I take five minutes to sit still and not nap. Some days I seem to get it right, some days I seem to utterly fail, but what’s interesting no matter what, is how five minutes go by so fast! – it’s like five seconds. And I always feel a sense of accomplishment after a quick session. After that I do a ten minute stretching routine. It feels so good and relaxing! And my body desperately needs it. Then I either do yoga or a home workout. Exercising in the morning really helps me feel more energized and productive.
Okay, we’re almost done here. I then take a shower, make myself a high protein breakfast and a huge cup of coffee –always the best part – and finally I’m ready to seize the day. Journaling and tracking my progress somehow keeps me more motivated, and I’ve been really enjoying doing that too.
Of course some days I just mess up the whole routine and end up being more frustrated than productive, but during those days I try to remind myself that it’s not about getting it right every single day. Some days we’re better off just dealing with a messy schedule and being spontaneous. I always wake up with the best intentions, but sometimes nothing is more productive or healthier than breaking the rules and just be in the moment.