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Morning Productivity Wake-up Call – Read, Review, Revive, Ready!

For some, getting up can be difficult on the best of mornings.  It needn’t be if you ease into the day with a “read, review, revive, ready” session.

photo by tizwas01

No point in prolonging the inevitable... (photo by tizwas01)

There’s nothing ground-breaking about it.  Here’s the deal:

Read

If getting out of bed is a pain and you’re more interested in the comfy bed, at least you can wake up with a morning read.  Your head may feel fuzzy, but you don’t have to read anything challenging.  Maybe a chapter of an easy-going novel will wake your mind up and take you away from the happy feelings of sleep.  Just something to let you set off, rather than drift off!

Review

Now you’re at least awake.  At this point, a moment of review helps.  What are your plans for the day?  What do you need to concentrate on to make the most of your time?  How would you like to develop and what do you plan to do about it?

Setting your daily goals will get your mind flowing and focus you for the day ahead.  And it can still all be done in the comfort of your bed if you wish.

Revive

Now’s the time to strike.  You’re wide awake, but you’re still cosy and warm.  You’ve got a choice:

  • Jump out of bed, throw back the curtains and splash your face with cold water;
  • Jump out of bed, throw back the curtains and commit to a brisk exercise.  Just five minutes should do it.  Star jumps, running on the spot, throwing your arms through the air like a loon, whatever you like.  This isn’t exercise for keeping fit, it’s exercise to make you alert and raring to go!

…you can throw back the curtains after the exercise if you’re worried somebody is going to see you.  😉

Ready

Getting out of bed is even easier when you’ve already prepared for it.  I’ve long been a fan of easing into a new day by preparing the night before.  I get my clothes ready and my necessary belongings organised.  That way, I don’t have a last-minute scramble finding a particular book or working out what to wear.  You’re ready before you’ve even started.

Far from promoting laziness, these preparations give me a morning boost, because I’m free to concentrate on more important things.  The hassle of getting everything ready in the morning simply adds to your feeling of not wanting to get up.  So sort out as much as you can the night before!  It makes such a powerful difference that you’ll probably stop with the face-splashing and exercising.  Who needs to revive if you’re already feeling perky?

A “read, review, revive, ready” session saves a lot of time in the long run, since you’ll be less likely to make the mistake of falling back to sleep when you didn’t mean to, or pushing the snooze button for the eighth time in a row…

If sleep, or wakefulness, is proving too difficult even with this method of rising, check out my other tips on improving your slumber and staying awake.  It’s the most popular post on this blog for a reason!