4 foolproof ways to kick your lazy streak to the curb + boost productivity
Is it just me or is motivation very few and far between? And most especially when you want to achieve a goal or have things that need to be done? Have no fear, because I’ve discovered the secret.
And no, it’s not caffeine. Caffeine is barely involved (it is a little, but not a lot). I’ve been consuming far less caffeine than normal. I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that doctors and nutritionists may actually know a thing or two about health and feeling tip top. When you take care of yourself and feel tip top, life becomes your oyster, my friend. It really does.
4 Foolproof Ways To Kick Your Lazy Streak to the Curb + Boost Productivity
Go to bed and wake up at a regular time, every day.
I know you’re probably thinking — do you even do shift work, bro? I know the grind of an irregular shift pattern and the tole it can take on your body. But, research does suggest that if you keep your circadian rhythm balanced, you’ll reap the health benefits. In particular, having regular, consistent sleep improves your mood, energy, and concentration.
Tip: Use the sleepyti.me bedtime calculator to work with your REM and NREM sleep. Basically, your body falls in and out of REM and NREM throughout the night. Resting eye movement sleep is when you are in a dream-like, lighter sleep and non-resting eye movement is when you are in a phase of deep, restful sleep. Each sleep cycle lasts roughly 1 to 1.5 hours.
If you can wake up near the end of a sleep cycle rather than the middle of your deep, zombie-like NREM sleep, you’re more likely to get out of bed at a decent time. I promise you won’t feel like death; that’s reserved for when you’re breaking NREM. So, if you know you need to wake up at 8 am, enter your bed time (based on the time you will fall asleep) and the calculator will work out what time you need to wake up to be out of bed before 8 am without disturbing NREM sleep. It is super nifty and hasn’t failed me!
Drink less coffee, drink way more water.
How will you perform more efficiently without your morning pick me up? Take it from me, there’s always room for a cuppa. You’ll be rather surprised at how thirsty you’ll become once you start properly hydrating your body with only water.
I started drinking around 2 liters a day and found that when I went back to drinking less, my body was like oh bb no, what is you doing? My mood can fluctuate so easily, even if I’m only slightly dehydrated. If you’re on the struggle bus and grouchy for no apparent reason, drink a glass of cold water. Then, be amazed. Not only that, but there are a multiple other reasons, both health and beauty related, water is going to be your saving grace.
Tip: Carry a jug of water around with you and fill it with fruit (lemon is great in the morning). Replace one hot drink with a mug of hot water or caffeine free tea. Replace one carbonated drink a day with soda water or sparkling mineral water. Add fruit to your heart’s desire.
Move your body for 15-30 minutes every day.
Relax! Nobody said you had to break a sweat. If you want to, you’ll be releasing some feel good chemicals that may boost productivity by way of your mood. The good news is you certainly don’t have to work out rigorously for half an hour every day in order to do that. If you’re not used to regular rigorous training it might do the opposite.
I personally take a very holistic approach to my training. I’d advise you keep your body on its toes. Experiment with different kinds of activity; find what you love, because if you don’t, you won’t want to do it! Something as simple as stretching for 15 minutes a day will ground you and help you focus better in the long term. I alternative my days between HIIT, yoga, and walking. They all serve a unique purpose. I like HIIT because it is short but effective cardio, yoga because HIIT will make you incredibly stiff and sore, and walking ’cause it’s just plain easy when you don’t want to break a sweat but still want to move your body.
Tip: Always switch it up, keep yourself engaged mentally, and you will be less likely to stagnate or give up. Also, don’t force yourself to do cardio if you hate cardio. Create positive associations with the habits you’re trying to create.
Cultivate consistency and learn to enjoy the habits you’re creating.
Consistency is key. But don’t be too hard on yourself; the goal is to create healthier habits. We will never be able to do all of the things all of the time. Relax, take it easy, and enjoy the process of creating a healthier you every day bit by bit.
Overall, you’re probably thinking to yourself did she really just tell me to sleep more and drink more water? But do you know how many times my mama has told me these things and I never listened? Or maybe I started training for a week only to give up because I was pushing myself too hard and not making my priority discovering how to enjoy the training? And how to enjoy drinking more water? And how to enjoy and motivate myself to wake up at a Godly hour so I can get more done?
So, are you motivated to make the changes you need to make? I know you’re going to do great, because why else would you still be reading? I’m proud of you, bud.
Good luck to you and God speed, sister!