I have this habit, which I think is partly listening to my body, and partly my needing to dig deeper to find motivation on some days. The habit is this: I write a list for the day, and by the time I get to the afternoon, I’m exhausted. So I think, “I’m going to take a rest for a while before I get back to it”. Only I never get back to it, so in the end I don’t finish my to-do list for the day, and then my alarm for the next morning gets pulled slowly back to an earlier time.
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break when you’re worn out. But once you’re worn out and you make this decision (to shift tasks to the next day), I do have a few pointers for actually keeping yourself on track and accountable.
- Once you decide that you’re done for the day, let go. That means no laying in bed, wishing you were actually doing what you had planned to get done. No feeling guilty for not being active, and no beating yourself up. There are lots of reasons for this, but the main one is this: if you’re doing any of these things, it means you’re not actually resting. And if you’re not actually resting and relaxing, or just giving yourself a breather, then what is the point of this rest period? Just shift your tasks over mentally (or in your planner or bullet journal) to the next day, take a deep breath, and let go. Enjoy your rest time.
2. In the morning, that alarm is still going to seem early and painful. But if you need to get up to get things done, my biggest tip is: DON’T SNOOZE. There’s lots of information here about why, but listen. In my personal experience, I’m tired when I wake up, no matter whether it’s naturally or with an alarm. But if I give myself 5, 10, 30 more minutes? I drag myself out of bed feeling even worse. Reach deep within yourself, get out of bed, and…
3. Have a plan for what you’ll do as soon as you get up. For me (on my best days) it’s get dressed in leggings, pee, do a quick yoga routine (meditate at the same time, kill two birds), then make a coffee and start working. In this way, I find that by the time I sit down at my desk, I’m ready to work. My brain is awake and engaged. And even though I’m tired, I have already achieved something by the time I need to start working through the to-do list. I also put the yoga on the to-do list so that I can mark a task as DONE before I even start ‘work’ for the day.
What are your best tips for the morning? Tell me in the comments.