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Did you know that when you first wake up in the morning, your brain is physically bigger because thats when they are the most hydrated after a period of rest.  According to authors Dr. Robert Carter and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter in their book, The Morning Mind, the best performing brain is a hydrated brain.
 
So why do some of us really struggle to wake up and be productive in the mornings? In this blog post I will be honouring World Mental Health Awareness Week by tapping into one of the elements that could simply improve your mind, anxiety levels and overall wellbeing; SLEEP.
 
 
Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to process information. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. They say the best way to become an early riser is to mimic the habits of successful morning people: have a routine, meditate, exercise before work. But how do those habits get formed in the first place? Read below as I share the secrets to being your most productive self and discovering how to unlock your potential.  

 

Want to know if you are a morning person? Take the Test HERE

Being a productive person isn’t just about the hour at which you set your alarm. Taking the test linked above will help you to learn about your Chronotype tendencies. Roughly explained your Chronotype is a message that send from your brain to your gut like an internal clock. This message happens  multiple times throughout the day but depending on your DNA the timing can be different for everyone. The idea is, if you know your Chronotype (defining if you are a morning person or a night owl) then you will be able to schedule your day to best suit your behaviour and be at your productivity peak.

 

1. STAY CONSISTENT

Consistency is a key factor for success, but often hard to master. One great habit to get into is to try and wake up 1 hour earlier than you usually do. Use this hour to do something that inspires you, that works towards your future plans and set your intentions for the day. Creating a morning routine is a great way to create motivation and hold your self accountable for reaching a goal.

 

 

2. SET TASKS

To-Do lists can be a great way to keep on top of your weekly accomplishments. Try prioritising your tasks into days and maybe even cut them down to top 3 per day. That way if your list becomes a bit daunting you are sure to at-least knock the top 3 off by the end of the day. Going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday (regardless of when that is) has the potential to help you take on tasks with less procrastination

  

3. DO YOUR BEST

When you feel happier, you perform better. How can you build a happier rhythm into your work? The answer might lie in getting to know the hours during which you’re really dialed in. Look at your ideal day and week planning, and see what you can move around to be really effective. From there build your schedule around your most productive hours, and be honest with yourself. Take a proactive and positive approach to prioritizing what’s most important and don't forget to reward yourself! 

  

Mental note to self:

 You may have started 2020 with clear and specific goals for yourself, but due to global disruptions you have been unable to complete them. That is fine! There is 3 months left of the year. Don't lose hope, 2020 can still be your year to start a new project, it can still be your year to lose weight and it can still be your year to gain a new skill. Whatever your goals for 2020 were, they are still possible.

Naomie xx

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Sources:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/sleep-report

https://blog.trello.com/not-a-morning-person?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=trello-Sep2020-newsletter3

 

1 comment

  • Luv this! Motivational yet highlights that simple things can make a difference!

    Autzy!

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