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Would You Like To Become a Morning Person?

When the alarm clock goes off in the morning, are you well practiced at hitting the snooze button a half dozen times? Do you then drag your body out of bed, quickly go through your morning routine, and stress yourself out as you attempt to beat the deadline for reporting to work on time? The answer to all of these problems is to give yourself more time in the morning and the best way to do that is to become a morning person.

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Decide to make a change. Not being a morning person is an excuse that is commonly used when a poor result happens in something. Just as you can choose to be happy in life, you can choose to be a morning person. People who prefer the morning tend to make more money, be more productive, live longer, and have a higher level of contentment in life. If you use the excuse of not being a morning person, try eliminating the excuse. Try saying “I really am a morning person!”

2. Does the risk outweigh the reward? In any change in habits, the pros must outweigh the cons so that the goal of change can actually occur. Rather than go into this process blindly and be discouraged if something negative happens, make a list of everything that is good about becoming a morning person. Then make a list of everything that you think you might lose by becoming a morning person. If the list of good things has more value than the things you’d lose, then becoming a morning person makes sense and you’ll have the evidence to reference when you feel discouraged.

3. Make sure you get enough sleep. The reason why many people aren’t successful at becoming a morning person is that they don’t allow enough time for sleep in their schedule. In many ways, they’re attempting to be both a morning and evening person. That doesn’t work! If you need to get eight hours of sleep and your goal is to get up at 5am, then you’re going to need to be in bed and asleep by 9pm. By scheduling this sleeping time, you’ll be able to develop a more concise pattern that will let you get the right amount of sleep.

4. Allow enough time to develop the habit. It’s easy to get discouraged when immediate results aren’t seen. To develop new habits, however, the average person needs 21 days of consistently trying to establish the new habit to make it become one. Give yourself this amount of time to see if you like being a morning person. If you don’t like it, you can always switch back to your old ways.

Are You Ready To Try Becoming a Morning Person?

The first thing you must be willing to do is be open to the change. From there, you can use these tips to work toward becoming a morning person yourself. The chance at doing something greater, finding more wealth, and enjoying life more is well worth the risk! Is it time to explore what life is like as a morning person?

Take Responsibility For Your Life

How many times during the day does it seem like your life is out of control? From having a lunch stolen from the work refrigerator to that crazy driver who routinely cuts you off during your commute home, it seems like people have more ownership of your life than you do most days. We let people dictate how much money we earn. We allow people to bully us into submission. We allow our freedoms to slowly erode until, before we realize it, there isn’t any freedom left to hold.

Are You Ready To Make a Change?

The good news is that you can take back ownership of your life starting in this very moment. The very first step is that you must be willing to change how you perceive things, interact with people, and make decisions about life. If you are willing to make changes, then here are the steps that you can take to get your life back to where you truly want it to be.

Allow yourself to dream once again.

The circumstances of life can cause a dream to die a quick and horrible death. Once that happens, it can be difficult to find new dreams to pursue and achieve, but that’s exactly what we’ve all got to do in order to find contentment. It doesn’t have to be a complicated dream that will take years of hard work and some luck to achieve – it can be something as simple as wanting to take a vacation somewhere new. Maybe you want to start your own business to get out of the corporate grind. Maybe it’s time to take a break from your relationship so you can have a little alone time… just allow yourself the option to dream once again.

Eliminate what holds you back.

We each have barriers that we put up that will ultimately hold us back from taking full ownership of our lives. For many people, uncomfortable social situations cause them to avoid opportunities. Some people find excuses, such as a need for money, to prevent them from going after new job opportunities, trips, and events. Be extremely honest with yourself and strip down those barriers to determine what is holding you back and why you feel that is necessary. When you do, you’ll find that you’ll have a lot more freedom!

Face your fears.

Courage isn’t overcoming fear. Courage is doing something in spite of being afraid of doing it. It can be scary to quit a good paying job to pursue self-employment. It can be hard to send out a novel one more time that has been rejected several hundred times before. You don’t know how someone will react when you decide to end a relationship because it is toxic and weighing you down. Being afraid of the uncertainties of life and avoiding them might give us all a certain level of security, but it won’t bring happiness. Take ownership of your life by facing your fears and doing what you want to do in spite of them.

You Can Make the Changes Today!

No one is going to make these changes for you. It is something that you must be willing and able to do on your own. Start small, make changes in the little things so that you can have confidence to be able to make the big changes you may want to make later down the road. Start building new routines, take that scary first step, and you’ll be on the journey of being able to take back complete ownership of your life. Are you willing to take that first step today?

The Importance of the First Hour of the Day

How many times do you hit the snooze button before you drag your body out of bed to start your day? Are you constantly rushing through your morning routine so that you can get yourself to work on time? When was the last time you had enough time to sit down to eat breakfast, much less accomplish other tasks within that first hour you get up in the morning? A bad first hour of the day can easily lead to a no good, very bad day that you’ll want to forget. With a little planning, however, you can give yourself an opportunity to have a great first waking hour to set up a productive day filled with happiness.

Here’s how to do it:

Make sure you get enough sleep at night. When you’ve got kids, sleep is at a premium anyway as a parent. Parents often leave some time after the kids go to bed for themselves, but what if that got switched around and you took time for yourself before the kids get up for the day? If you don’t have kids, are you staying up late to stream new releases off of Netflix or going out a few nights a week? Most people need between 6 to 9 hours of sleep every night to operate at their best. Make sure you’re taking the time to get the sleep you need so you don’t have to drag through a day.

Get everything ready for the next day before you go to bed. Instead of rushing through a morning routine, take some extra time before you go to bed the night before to plan out the next morning. Select the clothes you’re going to wear and lay them out if that’s possible – with pets, that’s not always the case! Find your keys, work badge, and anything else you might need and put them together in the same spot. If you take lunch with you, have it ready to go in the refrigerator. Every little bit you accomplish the night before will give you extra time in that critical first waking hour in the morning.

Take time to meditate. Whether you take time to study the Bible, pray, meditate, or exercise, make sure you take some time to get your mind prepared for the challenges that you’ll likely face during the day. Even just 20 minutes of “you” time can help provide a good shield that will help you deflect stress, remain calm, and even help you problem-solve issues that may come your way.

 Make every moment count. That first waking hour shouldn’t have any wasted time in it. From the minute you wake up, make each moment count in some way. Take some time to go take a jog or a walk around the neighborhood. Make a healthy breakfast. Listen to your favorite music. Have a cup of coffee while you check Facebook. Whatever you do to treat yourself when you’ve got extra time, do it during this first hour. The rest of your day will thank you for it later.

Being happy is a choice that we each can make. That choice is easier to make when we’ve prepared for our day in that first waking hour that we have. How could you change your morning routine to relax more?

Why it is Vital to Switch off from Work While on Holiday

 

It is great to take your work seriously, but you need to take yourself seriously as well. If you spend the majority of your day focusing on productivity and getting the job done, you will only have a negative impact on your work performance and possibly, your overall well being in the long run.

Everyone, regardless of how passionate they are about their work, can suffer from extreme fatigue and even burnout. Protect yourself from those types of worker’s remorse by doing what the name “holiday” implies — enjoy and celebrate. It is important to enjoy that time away. Don’t feel guilty, and don’t hesitate to leave the work world behind. Instead, forget that stack of jumbled papers on your desk and leave those emails in the inbox for a few days.

A report in Psychology Today indicated that it is imperative for the physical and mental health of individuals to go on vacation and just escape the regular stresses of daily life. In the article, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitborne states, “Though the average citizen may not experience the kind of mega-stress of a nationally elected leader, all of us have our own home-grown version of job-related stress. We may face the burdens of meeting tight deadlines, making crucial decisions, or managing the complexities of household demands.”

Besides causing mental fatigue, stress can effect other health conditions as well, such as blood pressure, cardiac conditions, and even neurological issues, such as migraines. If you are not physically well, then odds are that you are not able to perform as well in your work related duties or your personal related duties, such as with family and home tasks. Your relationships with your partner, friends, and family members can also be negatively impacted by stress.

In order to maintain a successful career and to maintain a happy life, take time for yourself and your family. Holidays enable stress free fun-filled time designed for fun and relaxation. Take a few days to enjoy doing what you love the most, whether it be a hike in the mountains or a trip to soak in the sun on the beach.

Some studies show that people in many countries do not even use their allotted holiday time each year. Most experts recommend using any time allocated by your employer for holidays and getaways, because that time is scheduled for the employee to get rest and relaxation so job performance can be enhanced.

Another benefit to taking holidays is that reducing stress, as mentioned earlier, helps with medical conditions and can reduce the amount of time spent away from work for medical problems. So in the long run, a few days away can prevent multiple days away.

Get away from it all! Enjoy that holiday and take time to breathe. There is more to life than phone calls, scheduling, emails and piles of paperwork. Take time to clear your mind and rejuvenate. You will be glad you did, and odds are your employer will be thrilled you took the time off as well when they see the improved work performance.

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