Ok, so I failed making my deadline of one blog a week. It’s going to take a bit of getting used to, so bear with me! My last couple weeks have been crazy with a mix of a lot of work and some goofing off when I shouldn’t be, and coming down with bronchitis certainly didn’t help either. So, this actually gives me an idea of what I want to talk about:
If you’re like me, it’s not uncommon to get stuck in a rabbit hole watching YouTube videos, or addicted to a dumb iPhone game in which you swearyou’ll stop just after this level.
I’ve been there. Plenty of times.
I’m not perfect, but lately there’s some things I’ve been doing that helps me avoid procrastination, or at least put it on hold… And maybe some of these can help you as well!
procrastinating on procrastination = productiveness
1. | Get out of BED before 10:00am
Yes, I know for a lot of people waking up past 7:00am is blasphemy, but as someone who tends to stay up late at night, waking up around 10:00am or 11:00am is fairly common. For me, it takes conscious effort to wake up before 10:00am. But, why before 10:00am? Here’s why:
Waking up and getting started on my day early keeps me naturally more productive throughout the entire day. I get to experience more daylight, and therefore it feels like a longer day, which then feels like I can get more done, which in turn gives me greater motivation.
But, once again, why before 10:00am? 9:30am seems significantly earlierthan 10:00am. If the clock says 9:59, you’re waking up nice and early. But 10:00? Oh you slept in! It’s the same logic why companies use the “.99” model when pricing products.
2. | Eat a light breakfast
You’re out of bed, but that doesn’t mean your mind and body are suddenly up and ready to go. If anything, they’re both screaming at you. Or grunting annoyed moans, because it’s early and no one wants to be screaming early.
The next bit that helps me is to eat some cereal. I have a bad habit of skipping breakfast and just eating lunch in the afternoon. I also have extreme difficulties eating heavier foods in the morning like eggs and bacon. So, the best thing is to just have a classic bowl of cereal.
This helps give me some energy in the morning before I start my day.
3. | 7-Minute Workout
Exercise! Exercise really gets the blood flowing. It might be tough at first, but once you get a rhythm going, you’ll get used to it and actually start to enjoy it.
I personally do something called the 7-minute workout. It’s basically an intense set of exercises that’ll get you going, but only for 7 minutes. The nice thing about this is there’s no excuse not to do it. You don’t need any equipment, just a chair or wall for some exercises (like wall sit).
A good app that I like using is called Seven by Perigee:
There are other apps out there that are similar, but this is the one that I personally use and enjoy.
4. | Brain Games
Exercising your body isn’t enough. Giving your brain a good boost is also important to get things going! I find brain games are good at doing this, as they really require you to focus. One that I personally use is called “Elevate”. It is similar to the more popular Lumosity one, except that it is quite a bit cheaper (only a couple dollars per month). If you’d like to give it a try, you can find it here:
So I think these 4 things seem to really make a big difference in my day to day motivation and energy. Of course, there’s always plenty other things to be done as well. If you try this and it works for you, let me know how it worked out! Also, if there’s any little tricks you might know of, I’d love to hear that too.