I’ve been guilty of standing in my own way of increasing my productivity. Every morning, my clock went off at 4 AM. However, instead of hopping out of bed and attacking the day, I would reach over and smack the snooze button and say to myself, “Ten more minutes.” Thirty minutes later, I was scrambling out of bed, cursing at myself for not getting up on time, and hustling to get out of the house. I was usually rushed and wound up eating my breakfast behind the wheel of my car.
Then I thought if I would just get up on time, I would have the time to shower, shave, eat a healthy breakfast, and still have time to do some morning reading, writing, or reviewing my next action lists for the day. So I started looking at how others were successful in getting up on time. Here’s my list:
- Use a light producing alarm clock – I purchased an alarm clock that begins to flash a pulsating light in the room 4 minutes prior to the set time. I find that I’m usually waking up before the audible alarm rings.
- Put the alarm clock on the other side of the room – Make it so that you have to get up to turn it off.
- Start the day with protein – Bob Arnott, in his book, The Biology of Success, advocates states that the intake of protein helps to jump start the body in the morning. He stated that a quick protein drink, a short exercise period, then a breakfast started his day. A quick trip to my local GNC store resulted in my purchase of a vanilla flavored protein drink. I couldn’t believe it. It’s like someone turns a switch on inside my head. Just a minute or two after I drink it, the sleepiness is gone and I’m thinking clearly.
- Turn up the lights – A Harvard study concluded that there is a link between light exposure and the part of the brain that is thought to control attention focus and energy production. So, turn on the lights…all of them: Bedroom light, bathroom light, hall light, kitchen light, and living room light.
- Get at least five minutes of physical activity – My choice is jumping rope. Gets the blood flowing. Jump starts (pun intended) the metabolism.
- Eat a healthy low-fat, high-fiber breakfast – Fiber One is a great choice as it has the highest fiber content of any other cereal.
Use the comment section below to share your ways of jump-starting your day.