wake up fast http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14652/all en-US 25 Ways to Get Motivated Today http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-get-motivated-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-ways-to-get-motivated-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/611281167_0a78ec73c3_z.jpg" alt="women jumping" title="women jumping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While winter is officially out of here until the end of the year, you may still feel sluggish from your hibernation. Sitting around in a Snuggie for three months has that effect, after all.</p> <p>But now that spring is here, it&rsquo;s time to brush off the cobwebs and get back in the game. It may seem difficult at first, but there are many easy ways to get motivated right now. To put you on the right path, here are 25 of my tips that will have you up and at &rsquo;em in no time. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-personal-productivity-ruleswhat-are-yours">My Personal Productivity Rules...What Are Yours?</a>)</p> <h3>1. Drink Coffee</h3> <p>If you find it hard to jolt your body into go mode first thing in the morning, drink a big cup of joe. Coffee has the caffeine you crave to jump start your day without all the calories of energy drinks or soda.</p> <h3>2. Stay Active</h3> <p>A sedentary lifestyle will lead to a lack of energy, which will directly impact your level of motivation. Try to do something active each day, even if it&rsquo;s a 20-minute brisk walk around your neighborhood. You&rsquo;ll feel much better once your blood is flowing.</p> <h3>3. Make a List</h3> <p>Having a written list of tasks to accomplish is the only way I get anything done &mdash; ever. I spread my work for the week over each of the five days, so I don&rsquo;t burn out too quickly. When I finish a task, I cross it off the list, which feels oh so good, by the way. Even on the weekends, I create a to-do list that includes chores that I need to accomplish like cleaning the house or going to the dry cleaners. Having those tasks on paper helps me stay on track, even when I want to veer off.&nbsp;</p> <h3>4. Open the Curtains and Windows</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to feel motivated when you&rsquo;re in a dark room. When you wake up in the morning, open the curtains or blinds and the windows. The curtains will allow lots of necessary light in to wake you up, and by opening the window, you can hear all of the activity happening outside, which will help you get moving.</p> <h3>5. Get More Sleep</h3> <p>When you&rsquo;re sleepy, your energy level suffers. Try to get to bed earlier by turning off the TV and putting away the phone and Internet at a reasonable hour.</p> <h3>6. Take a Cold Shower</h3> <p>This may not exactly motivate you in itself, but it will <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wake-up-fast-and-attack-the-day">wake you up real fast</a> &mdash; and that&rsquo;s a good start.</p> <h3>7. Have a Goal in Mind</h3> <p>What&rsquo;s the point of working toward something if there&rsquo;s nothing toward which to work? Set goals. Also, it will be easier to motivate yourself if the goals are small and achievable. If your goals are major, it will be harder to reach them, resulting in a lack of motivation to do so.</p> <h3>8. Reward Yourself</h3> <p>To keep yourself motivated, promise yourself something special when you achieve your goal. Maybe it&rsquo;s a nice dinner out or a new pair of shoes. Whatever it is, make it count &mdash; just don&rsquo;t cheat.</p> <h3>9. Ask for Support</h3> <p>Keeping yourself accountable is tough, but when you bring other people into the mix, it&rsquo;s much easier. Ask a friend or colleague if they&rsquo;d be willing to help keep you motivated for a short-term project. When you reward yourself at the end, perhaps you can invite your motivation buddy along as well.</p> <h3>10. Move Your Alarm Clock</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to hit the snooze button over and over and over. I think my husband hits it at least six times every morning &mdash; and it drives me nuts. If you have trouble getting out of bed, put your alarm clock across the room. It&rsquo;ll force you to get up. And while you&rsquo;re up, you might as well get started on your day.</p> <h3>11. Schedule Early Meetings</h3> <p>I love early morning meetings because they force me to meet the day head on. I&rsquo;m dressed and ready to go from the start, so the rest of the day can only get better from there.</p> <h3>12. Wake Up to Upbeat Music</h3> <p>Everyone has that special jam that rocks their body. Instead of waking up to whatever nonsense is on the radio in the morning, set your alarm to wake you up to something that makes you want to move.</p> <h3>13. Prepare the Night Before</h3> <p>Being prepared is an essential component to motivation because it cuts down on the anxiety you may feel when diving in. If you have small things that can be done in advance of a big workday, do them the night before. When you wake up, those menial tasks will be complete, so you can head straight into the heavy stuff.</p> <h3>14. Iron Your Clothes</h3> <p>As someone who works from home, it&rsquo;s important for me to shower and dress first thing in the morning, a major component of which is ironing my clothes. I have to do it. It gives me the confidence I need to meet the day inside and outside &mdash; and I&rsquo;m always more productive when I feel good about myself.</p> <h3>15. Tell People Your Plans</h3> <p>Broadcast your plans on your social media networks. By letting everyone in your life know what you&rsquo;re doing, you will inherently feel responsible to stay motivated. You&rsquo;re likelier to complete your goals so you can share with your friends what you&rsquo;ve accomplished.</p> <h3>16. Eat a Better Breakfast</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s the most important meal of the day for a reason &mdash; it gives you the energy you need to get going in the morning. But be conscious of what you&rsquo;re eating. Fruits and low-fat yogurt will fuel you better than bagels and donuts. Plus, you&rsquo;ll feel better about yourself, which is never a bad thing.&nbsp;</p> <h3>17. Think of a Personal Mantra</h3> <p>Spend some time thinking of a motivating mantra to keep you focused. Before I moved to New York City, I would keep photos of the city on my pegboard to keep me motivated to make strides to move here. For lesser ambitions, a few positive sentences about reaching your goals should help keep you moving in the right direction when you feel like you&rsquo;re starting to derail.</p> <h3>18. Try to Do Less</h3> <p>Are your goals or tasks overwhelming? That can kill motivation instantly. If you feel like what you&rsquo;re trying to accomplish is bigger than you, scale it back. Spread the tasks out over a few days if you have time and tackle each one in smaller spurts.</p> <h3>19. Sign Up for Motivation E-mails</h3> <p>Sometimes you just need encouragement, even if you don&rsquo;t know who&rsquo;s sending it. There are lots of websites that will send you daily motivational e-mails that will make you feel better the second you read the message.</p> <h3>20. Start the Day Doing Something You Enjoy</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking at your to-do list and just can&rsquo;t seem to muster the motivation to chip away at it, take an hour or so to do something that you enjoy instead. By getting in your head in a happy place, you&rsquo;re putting yourself in a better situation to want to get down to business when you&rsquo;re finished.</p> <h3>21. Set a Time Limit</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing better than plain ol&rsquo; pressure to motivate someone. Set a time limit &mdash; and maybe even a timer &mdash; to help you stay on track. Watching a clock countdown will give you the gusto to keep going in hopes that you can beat it.</p> <h3>22. Deconstruct Arduous Tasks</h3> <p>Break multifaceted tasks into smaller, more achievable goals that you can cross off more frequently.&nbsp;</p> <h3>23. Cut Back on Alcohol</h3> <p>Alcohol is a depressant. It can cause you to sleep less and give you a hangover. When alcohol is involved, all motivation goes out the window. To stay on the straight and narrow, eliminate alcohol from your diet during the week &mdash; or, at the very least, cut back when you know you have to get something done.</p> <h3>24. Think of the End Result</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep that finish line in the back of your mind the whole time &mdash; then think of how good it will feel when you reach it.</p> <h3>25. Stay Positive</h3> <p>Negativity can eat you alive if you let it. Don't let the little things get you down. Remember that they&rsquo;re just bumps in the road, and they&rsquo;ll make you a better person in the long run. You&rsquo;ll <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/goal-setting-defined-and-deconstructed">reach your goals faster</a> if you keep your chin up in the face of adversity. You can do it!</p> <p><em>How do you get or stay motivated? Is there something in particular that works for you? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-get-motivated-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wake-up-fast-and-attack-the-day">How to Wake Up Fast and Attack the Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-facebook-productive">10 Ways to Make Facebook Productive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-yourself-a-break-the-productivity-secret-thatll-change-the-way-you-work">Give Yourself a Break: The Productivity Secret That&#039;ll Change the Way You Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-youre-not-as-happy-as-youd-like-to-be">6 Reasons You&#039;re Not as Happy as You&#039;d Like to Be</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity get things done motivation wake up fast Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:36:16 +0000 Mikey Rox 913133 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Wake Up Fast and Attack the Day http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wake-up-fast-and-attack-the-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-wake-up-fast-and-attack-the-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_waking_up.jpg" alt="Man waking up" title="Man waking up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="138" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every day at 6 a.m., my alarm goes off. I hit snooze several times before eventually rolling out of bed 30 to 45 minutes later. Why? Because waking up is hard to do. My still-asleep self tells me I&rsquo;m still tired, and my bed is comfortable. If you&rsquo;re anything like me, though, you <em>want</em> to wake up earlier; you just don&rsquo;t actually follow through. Until now, that is &mdash; I&rsquo;ve compiled a list of ways to get over the hurdle of waking up the first time your alarm goes off, jump out of bed, and attack the day! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven't Tried Yet</a>)</p> <h2>1. Articulate Why You Want to Wake Up Fast</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re not clear about <em>why</em> you want to wake up fast in the mornings, you won&rsquo;t do it. It sounds simple, but actually verbalizing your reason for getting up in the morning is an important first step. In my case, I want to get up early enough to do a little yoga. It helps wake me up slowly, relaxes me, and sets the tone for the day. In your case, it might be important to get some reading in before heading to work. It might simply be getting up early enough to not feel perpetually rushed when you get out the door. If you were able to wake up the first time your alarm went off instead of 30 minutes later, you&rsquo;d have 130 extra hours &mdash; or nearly 5 &frac12; days &mdash; per year to do something you enjoy!</p> <h2>2. Assault Your Ears With Loud Noises</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever heard the submarine alarm sound for the iPhone, you know what I&rsquo;m talking about. Obnoxious noises are an excellent, albeit annoying, way to shock yourself awake in the mornings. You could also try having one of these <a href="http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/top-10-wake-up-songs-for-the-morning">great tunes to wake up to</a> playing at top volume. Whatever the sound, make it loud and jarring, and you&rsquo;re more likely to speed through the fog of sleep to full consciousness before your brain has time to hit snooze.</p> <h2>3. Put Your Alarm Across the Room</h2> <p>Movement, like loud noises, helps your brain to wake up quickly. Make that movement compulsory in the morning by putting your alarm across the room. By the time you get to it, you&rsquo;ll be awake enough to remember that you want to get up to practice yoga this morning, or get to the gym, or read. This tip works even better if your alarm is playing an extremely loud noise &mdash; it gives you added incentive to get to it quickly. Instead of putting your alarm across the room, you could try the popular <a href="http://www.nandahome.com/products/clocky/index.php?color=almond">Clocky</a> alarm clock, which rolls across the room once it goes off until you chase it down. For an alarm that combines music and movement, check out Clocky&rsquo;s little brother, <a href="http://www.nandahome.com/products/tocky/index.php?color=orange">Tocky.</a></p> <h2>4. Splash Cold Water in Your Face</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s common knowledge that the shock of cold water is a great way to wake up fast. You could enlist a roommate or spouse to throw water on you in the morning, but that would be extreme. Instead, prepare the night before by putting a bowl of water and washcloth by your bed, and you&rsquo;ll be able to immediately give your face a cold soak in the morning before the snooze monster gets you.</p> <h2>5. Drink a Cold Glass of Water</h2> <p>Although it turns out that <a href="http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/water.asp">drinking copious amounts of water</a> at the start of each day cannot, in fact, cure disease, drinking one glass of cold water can help raise your alertness quickly. Again, the key is preparation &mdash; have a glass of water by the bed and try to drink it all before even thinking of hitting the snooze. By then, your rational, awake mind will have taken over, and you&rsquo;ll be ready to start the day.</p> <h2>6. Smell Something Energizing</h2> <p>According to <a href="http://sciencefocus.com/qa/can-smell-wake-you">FOCUS Magazine</a>, smelling salts, which have been used for hundreds of years to revive people from faints, work because the gas in them irritates the lungs, causes people to inhale, and elevates blood oxygen levels. Similarly, certain scents, including peppermint and lemon, have been <a href="http://www.divinecaroline.com/22189/57436-scents-smells-sleep-and-waking/2">shown to increase alertness</a>. In fact, one study by the Sense of Smell Institute (yes, it really exists) found &quot;that people exposed to lemony, woody fragrances early in the morning&quot; experienced a boost in motivation. The best way to have these scents at your fingertips early in the morning is with a small bottle of peppermint essential oil or lemon extract at your bedside.</p> <h2>7. Drink Caffeine</h2> <p>Caffeine is likely one of the most obvious ways to wake up fast in the morning; however, the benefit you reap from it depends on the method of delivery. If you hate the taste of coffee, try having a soda, an energy-boosting shot (like <a href="http://www.5hourenergy.com/index.asp">5-Hour Energy</a>), or a chai tea. If you&rsquo;re just after the beverage that packs the most caffeine punch per milligram, check out the <a href="http://www.energyfiend.com/the-caffeine-database">Energy Fiend&rsquo;s Caffeine Database</a>. Just take care to only drink enough to get you going in the morning, so you don&rsquo;t get the jitters by the afternoon. Ever wondered how much is too much caffeine? Answer your question with the <a href="http://www.energyfiend.com/death-by-caffeine">Energy Fiend&rsquo;s Death by Caffeine Calculator</a>.</p> <h2>8. Eat Something</h2> <p>Besides the other numerous <a href="http://www.wellsource.info/wn/hc-breakfast.pdf">benefits of eating breakfast</a> (PDF) in the morning (including weight loss, increased focus, and decreased stress), breakfast can also help you to wake up fast. Because we don&rsquo;t eat while we sleep, our blood sugar levels drop at night. Getting some carbohydrates first thing in the morning can give you a quick increase in alertness. Try keeping something like chocolate-covered espresso beans (for chocolate and sugar) or fruit (for sugar and carbohydrates) by your bed so you can reach for it first thing in the morning.</p> <h2>9. Workout</h2> <p>I don&rsquo;t mean a full <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fitness-for-people-who-hate-exercise">workout routine</a>, although for some (including me) that&rsquo;s the whole point of waking up fast in the first place. I do mean jumping out of bed and doing a two-minute stretching exercise to increase your blood pressure and heart rate. A quick bout of calisthenics is a good way to get your brain in wake up mode fast. Not sure what exercises to do? Try some of these <a href="http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/yogapractice/sunsalutation.asp">sun salutation yoga poses</a> or just stretch every extremity for 15 seconds.</p> <h2>10. Prepare the Night Before</h2> <p>Waking up fast has a lot to do with how you go to bed the night before. We all know the basics, but they bear repeating: avoid alcohol and caffeine within several hours of bedtime, try to resolve bothersome disputes, and get enough sleep. It also helps to prepare for the next day on the night before by laying out clothes and putting together supplies needed for work or school. This way, your mind is better able to focus on what a great day you&rsquo;re about to have, rather than dreading the odds and ends you&rsquo;ll have to wrap up as soon as waking up.</p> <p>So there you have it &mdash; the best of the best ways to wake up fast. I hope it helps you to wake up fast, fresh, and ready for the day ahead!</p> <p><em>Have you found anything particularly helpful in waking up fast? Share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wake-up-fast-and-attack-the-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-get-motivated-today">25 Ways to Get Motivated Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-improve-your-decision-making-skills">10 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven&#039;t Tried Yet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity caffeine get better sleep get things done wake up fast Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:36:11 +0000 Janey Osterlind 695857 at http://www.wisebread.com