January 31, 2013 | Barb Carr

Need More Time? Here’s Where to Find It:

Two weeks ago we discussed how to make S.M.A.R.T. New Year’s resolutions. Now the question is, “Where do I find the time to do these things?” Here’s where I found it.

The Morning
I have never been a morning person, but a recent article on the benefits of becoming one inspired me. Research shows that it improves your energy levels throughout the day, and that it’s one of the most common habits of successful people around the globe.

How to Be An Early Bird
Try waking up an hour earlier and going to bed one hour earlier. Set your alarm once and for all, and place it on the other side of your room. Just say “no” to the snooze button, as this keeps you from waking up and robs you of good sleep. When you snooze for 30 minutes, you’re constantly waking and falling back to sleep. This breaks up your sleep cycle, making you more tired.

How to Get the Worm
What do you do once you’re up? Do something for yourself! Anything constructive that you love to do will energize you for the rest of your day and make you even more effective at your job. Prayer, meditation, and journaling will feed your soul, while walking or going to the gym will feed your body. Read that business book that’s been sitting on your shelf for six months or that golf website you love. Work on that New Year’s resolution you set a month ago.

Stay Consistent
Don’t shake up your schedule too much on the weekends. If you stay up until 12 and wake at 10am, it’ll be far harder to keep your routine steady. It takes 27 days to form a long-term habit, so make that your goal. Do it for one month and see if it benefits you. Chances are, you’ll be happier and healthier and you won’t want to quit!

Will you take the 27-day challenge to wake up earlier?
What will you do in the mornings to improve your day?

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