Isn’t it curious how some people seem to be able to accomplish so much in a day? While some people are running around day after day chasing their tasks all over town and stressed from the moment they hop into the car to head to work. There is a better way to use the hours we have in a day! While it is true, there are only 24 hours in a day, some of us need to see where our peak hours are being lost. If you’re going to recapture lost hours in your day, you need a strategy.
The first step to recapture lost hours in your day.
Step number one to recapturing lost hours in your day is to understand that the most productive hours in a day are before you even leave your house.The most efficient part of your day (even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person) is before 10 a.m. Productivity gradually drops from there. Late starts to a day fail to capture peak accomplishment times.
Many people think they can accomplish more later in the day, generally staying up late and preferring to wake no earlier than 7 a.m. They attempt to work late at night in hopes of getting more done. The house is quiet and the late night hours seem like prime, uninterrupted time to accomplish more. Unfortunately, this works completely against the body’s natural circadian rhythm and causes a deprivation of REM sleep. REM is the heaviest stage of your sleep cycle and is vital for a healthy body and a healthy mind. When your body is deprived of its natural sleep/wake rhythm, brain fog sets in and causes adrenal fatigue in high-stress cases.
Remember, if your body isn’t able to function at its optimum, neither is your brain.
So what is the solution?
Go to bed earlier and wake earlier. Try setting yourself an alarm to GO TO BED. That sounds backwards. But if you find that you tend towards late nights, then set a new bed time goal for yourself and try to get to bed 30 minutes earlier each night until you are going to sleep by 10 p.m. This means going to bed for sleep, not to read, watch TV, or surf the internet.
This simple first step of going to bed earlier puts you in the best position to recapture lost hours in your day by forcing your body to reset its natural sleep cycle. A Healthy sleep cycles will produce healthy brain function and lead to more productivity in every area of life!