Will I Ever Become A Morning Person?
12:00 pm, May 30th | by Sarah Kaufman, Manilla.com
Like many college students, I’d stay up studying at night and go to class in the afternoon. That habit transferred to graduate school, when I was waiting tables some nights and going to class in the (late) mornings. I never had to get up too early, and if I did, I always found a way to hit snooze until I absolutely had to get out the door.
Recently, though, I decided enough was enough. It’s not that I was showing up late to work or that I looked like a zombie upon arriving at my desk. It’s that my mornings were not as productive (nor as enjoyable) as they could be because every day was a scramble.
Make your morning more productive by trying these tips that worked for me.
Start your morning the night before
Instead of cramming all of your morning tasks in the hour before you have to leave for work that day, plan ahead and do most things the night before. Lay out your clothes, pack lunch, set an automatic coffee maker, and pack your bag before you go to sleep. That way, you can feel more relaxed during your morning routine because you know everything is pretty much already done.
Turn off screens before bedtime.
While you might think that reading and writing emails right up until lights are out makes you better at your job, it could actually be causing you to get less sleep and therefore making you less productive throughout the day. Two-hour exposure to electronic devices with self-luminous “backlit” displays (e.g., smartphone, tablet or computer) can suppress melatonin by 22 percent, which might lead to delayed bedtimes, according to a new study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. To ensure that you get more sleep at night, power down your devices earlier in the evening.
Don’t eat at least three hours before you lie down.
Health experts have long warned that eating before bed can cause weight gain, but did you know that it could also cause heartburn and digestive issues? Add to that the normal discomfort that comes with feeling full and you’re in for a less-than-restful night’s sleep. Aim to eat dinner no less than three hours before you go to bed so you have plenty of time to digest before turning in.
Fill your breakfast with protein.
Eating a healthy breakfast is essential to feeling energized in the morning. Try to incorporate a whole grain, protein, and fruit or vegetable to keep it completely balanced. And consider prepping your breakfast the night before so that there’s minimal work to do in the morning. If thinking about breakfast causes more stress than it’s worth, stick to a routine by eating the same thing each morning — that way, there’s no hassle and no surprises.
Sarah Kaufman is the editor-in-chief of the Manilla Blog and marketing manager of Manilla.com, the leading, free and secure service that helps you simplify and organize your life in one place. Using just one password, Manilla lets you manage your finances, utilities, daily deals, travel and rewards programs, Netflix and magazine subscriptions, OpenTable reservations, and more — all through Manilla.com or the top-rated iOS and Android mobile apps. For more tips on how to put more time back in your day, visit Manilla.com.
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