Is Being a Night Owl a Myth (And Why Become an Early Riser) 74

5 Nighttime Tips for Becoming a Better Morning Person

There are two kinds of people in the world according to the time they get up: an early riser and a not so early one.

Thоse from the first group have tried hard to make it a habit and a lifestyle. While the second group of people is either struggling with that, or people simply think they are more productive in the evening/night and can’t make themselves wake up at dawn.

This, like most of the things we do, is just a strong habit that we tend to avoid giving up because of many previous failures.

The inability to rise up early is a result of staying up late the night before.

A few reasons we go to bed late and can’t fall asleep easily are:

  • We watch TV/stay in front of the computer right before going to bed.

That makes our mind think we are still in the active part of the day and doesn’t let it rest.

  • We eat/drink before falling asleep.

That is an inexcusable behavior towards our body because it overloads the digestive system. A dinner before bed also wastes a lot of the organism’s energy which it needs for other functions while we sleep.

The body is detoxicating and resting during the night and although our digestion is still working pretty fine, we shouldn’t put so much pressure on it.

A light dinner 1-2 hours before bed and a reasonable amount of water would be perfect.

  • Stress is ruining our sleep.

Engaging the mind at that time is not a good idea as this way we won’t be able to fall asleep and our heads will be full of thoughts (mostly negative), problems, plans and so on.

What you need in the evening is a relaxed mind and body.

Saying that we are most productive in the evening is just an excuse.

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Many people stay up late at night, and I mean really late. As a result, on the next day it’s not only great agony for them to get up, but their work is at a low level. They just can’t concentrate on anything.

Then as the day goes by, they become more energetic and active, but at what price?

In the beginning I also thought I was doing everything better in the second part of the day – in the evening and mostly by night.
I’ve been living like that for years, always postponing waking up early (although the desire to develop this habit never got out of my head).

I even had a period of 2-3 months in which I had turned nights into days. Actually, I did my best writing at that time, but I gave up on everything else. It was just me and the night. Every next day I was full of regrets, I soon started getting depressed.

Luckily, it was just a phase, and it went away.
After that I continued the fight with my sleeping routine. It was hard, but I just knew it was the right thing to do.

I was seeing all these energetic people jogging at the park, drinking their coffee on the way to work, starting the day with a smile and gratitude. And all this was happening in the early morning.

After I did some reading and researching, I saw a tendency – successful and positive people tend to get up early and do most of their work then.

Eventually, I achieved that. Soon I found the power of the morning routine and my days became meaningful.

After including breakfast some time after I rise up, I managed to change my whole eating plan and got over the late-night visits to the fridge, which was one of my biggest problems.
I simply moved every meal of mine to an earlier hour. Now I am doing all the work and writing (that I thought I was able to produce only late in the evening) early in the morning. And it is even better.

So as you see there is no such thing as being a night owl.

Don’t waste your precious days and don’t forget that the body needs just around six hours to rest, not more. Develop this habit and you will be a new person in a couple of weeks.

Another plus is what John Steinbeck says:

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it”.

There is no recipe for success here and a lot of persistence, patience and will is needed. But I assure you that if I can do it, you can too!

Change your sleeping routine for good and soon you will be surprised by your own results and accomplishments.

There will be no more disappointments, wasted days and bad mood. This is an important step to success and without it you can go no further.
I believe in you but I think nothing will ever happen unless you believe in yourself! So come out of the dark and embrace the daylight.

What is your sleeping routine? Are you an early riser? And if not, do you want to become one?

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 45

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.