3 Simple Ways to Optimize the Morning Time

Mistakes of Waking Up Early

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“Early sleep and early wake up gives health and makes you grow.”

— Portuguese Proverb

Aiming to gain these health and productivity benefits, most people try to adapt to this early wake-up habit. I am also included.

With this work-from-home condition, I mess up my sleeping time. I used to go to the bed between 11 PM to 12 AM prior to work from home. But since I am still isolating myself in-home and feel bored, my sleeping time just moves forward to around 1 AM.

I know it potentially damage my health and productivity. In fact, I do nothing other than scrolling my mobile phone randomly until midnight. I just waste my energy and feeling helpless and lifeless the next morning, hence, it will ruin my productivity the next day.

In terms of the health aspect, we already know that there is a lot of medical researches which states the downside of staying up late. From liver malfunction, the risk of diabetes, and others which also can give an impact on our psychology and mental health.

I realize that I waste a lot of time and sacrifice my sleeping time for doing unnecessary things. When I try to do something productive, like doing my personal project and learning new skills of stuff, my brain just can’t stick to that no matter how hard I force myself to do so.

I am just thinking that

“Hmm, maybe the prime hour really plays a role in this and I don’t find it at the night time”.

That’s the thing that I learn from Chris Bailey's book called The Productivity Project.

That’s where I start to wake up early and do my personal stuff before my office working hours. I don’t change my waking time significantly. In fact, I have tried changing it significantly but it comes to two kinds of results, either continue sleeping or less energy on that day which both damage the productivity.

With this new habit, I wake up at around 6 to 6.30 AM instead of around 8.30 to 9.30 AM. But at the initial implementation, I found that waking up early doesn’t give any positive impact on me. After several evaluations, I realize that I do several mistakes.

Have a detailed plan in advance

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There is a moment where I wake up early and just feeling stuck and clueless. Even though I already know what I want to do in the morning but somehow this clueless feeling stuck into my mind.

In the first couple of days, I implement this action, I just end up grab my phone, watching youtube, or scrolling for social media for 2 hours. I end up waste my time again.

Turns out it comes out to the detail plan and self-reminder. In case you want to learn a foreign language. You need to have a detailed plan what are the topics that you want to learn, where is the reference source, how long you want to spend your time studying a particular topic.

As your brain just starts functioning after you wake up, a simple sticky note can help your brain work easier. I start to make a note about the detailed plan of how I want to spend my morning time the previous night. So, once I look at the note, it helps me to trigger my brain easily rather than think about the activity from scratch. I also prepare the material that I need on the desk beforehand to skip the preparation process in the morning.

By implementing this triggering stuff, you can optimize your mind to do stuff rather than take a portion of your brain for preparation doing stuff.

Take the fresh air outside

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This is the most important benefit of waking up early. I think we do agree that the morning air is the freshest air of the entire day. It brings a lot of beneficial effects, mostly on health and psychological aspects, such as distress the body, improves the digestive system, strengthens the immune system, and more.

But most people miss this great chance. Instead of inhaling this fresh air, people rather go directly to their work-desk, working on their project or office work. Maybe you aim to work in the morning because your brain is still fresh and you’ll encounter less distraction. But, the chances to have fresh air outside the morning time is quite limited, unless you live in an area with fewer air pollutants and abundant clean air all day.

So if you waking up early, spare your time around 15–30 minutes, go outside your house, and getting exposed to the morning air and sunlight.

Don’t go directly to your screen

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When I ask my friends what is the first thing that they do after waking up, they will answer grab their phone, and looking up to social media or e-mail. I think it’s pretty common in nowadays society. The reasons can vary, but mostly it is because of the fear of missing out (FOMO). And sadly this fear of missing out thing shift and develop to our new habit in our society.

Obviously, I am included in this one. Like I said before, I can spend my morning just randomly scrolling social media or watching random videos on Youtube for a couple of hours.

Engaging in a mobile phone is like an addiction. Initially, I intend to spend a maximum of 30 minutes on my phone. But once I touch it, I can spend limitless time with my phone without any real and reasonable intention.

That’s why I apply the rule of 30 minutes of no-screen in the morning to cut this domino effect.

And turns out I can focus to do a lot of positive in the morning after this exercise. Starts from finishing a book, having a mindful breakfast, exploring a new hobby, and doing work out.

Takeaway

Waking up early can bring a great beneficial effect. But, it comes again to us how we can optimize that prime morning time to unleash the advantages.

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