Cultivating Good Sleeping Habits & Increasing Productivity

Pardon me for the disappearing act during the weekend. I was running a tight schedule, and on numerous occasions, feel that 24 hours is not sufficient to make a day. And since I spend at least 8 to 10 hours recuperating each night, my productive time is limited to a mere 14 hours the very most. There is a saying that an early bird catches the worm. I would prefer how Aristotle made his point: “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”

The problem I’m facing is not entirely attributed to the lack of time, but rather the constant burning of midnight oil and henceforth, being a late riser. Because of the latter, I have found it challenging to juggle my core business, finding time to hit the gym, having my own personal space, spending time with Jan and friends, researching new business ventures, and writing quality entries on my blog. There are many ideas constantly flowing into my mind, but I need more time before I can put them into action.

I have come to realise that the only solution to remedy this issue, is to become an early-riser. This would thus require my getting to bed earlier, since I find myself getting easily irritated if my required sleeping hours are not met. Back in those days while serving my due diligence with the army, I woke up at 5:30am each morning, feeling more refreshed than I am now, and having a higher energy threshold that would last throughout the day.

Here’s how I intend to work on cultivating good sleeping habits and increasing my productivity.

Hitting The Sack Earlier. Presently, because of my late-nights, I have developed a threshold that prevents me from falling asleep before 2am. In order that I become an early riser, I would need to get myself ready for bed at an optimal time-frame. Ideally, this would be between 10pm - 2am. The body is found to repair itself best at this time. This means getting the necessary required hours of sleep, waking up at 6am and not feeling grouchy throughout the day.

Planning An Exercise Regime. I have found that beginning and maintaining an exercise regime would aid in achieving a better night’s rest. The idea behind this is to get my biological clock accustomed to the new sleeping time-frame, while acquiring a healthier body.

No Drinks Before Bedtime. I have an unusual habit of drinking green tea each night before sleeping. While the health benefits of green tea is widely known, it doesn’t help that my sleep is disrupted a couple of times in the middle of the night due to a full bladder.

Put Your Mind to Sleep. There are times even before I could successfully reach the state of unconsciousness, I find my mind ruminating with ideas or other thoughts. Instead of adjourning them to the next morning, I begin to delve into details, exploring these thoughts as they come and go before realizing I’m once again fully alert. To prevent this from happening, I make sure the moment I lie on the bed, I’m fully aware it’s not meant to be a think tank.

Getting My Feet on The Ground. The most important of the lot. My main reason in becoming an early riser is to get more things done. If I want to increase my productivity level, that would mean getting my body off the bed and my feet on the ground the moment my alarm rings. Performing the former is not enough, and doing the latter would require that you accomplish the former. It’s a tough set of rule. One that would require discipline and willpower. If I fail to achieve this, then the steps listed above goes to nought.

To get myself into the habit of waking up early, I will try this out for 7 days beginning today. Upon accomplishing this short term goal, I will extend it for another 7 days and so forth until it eventually becomes a habit.

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3 Responses to “Cultivating Good Sleeping Habits & Increasing Productivity”

  1. 1 Jan Nov 21st, 2006 at 11:07 pm Quote

    One more thing. DO not eat or snack before bed time. Bad for your stomach. A cup of milk will do. Green tea is meant to be drunk during the day.

  2. 2 siong1987 Nov 22nd, 2006 at 11:04 am Quote

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