As if you are already an hour behind schedule before you have even finished brushing your teeth!
As if you didn’t have enough to think about…now your time management skills are in question!
Take a breath and let’s look at at a few simple tricks to help you feel centered and refreshed not only to begin your day, also ways to reset during the day to keep your inner sense of peace.
Sleep Well: Do you know how much sleep you need? Perhaps the reason you have a hard time getting up in the morning is because your body needs 7-9 hours of sleep according to current research from the National Research Foundation. Of course, many factors play a role in getting a good night’s rest. But you can create an inviting environment by keeping the lights low (including turning down the red beam from your alarm clock), taking the TV out of the bedroom, going to bed at reasonably the same time and establishing a consistent bed time ritual.
Write it Down: Before you go to bed, make a list of your morning activities, and review your calendar for upcoming appointments. Prepare your lunch, make your clothing choices, and gather anything you need to have for the next day (exercise gear, meeting notes, or computer for example).
Take a Break: Are you able to schedule mini-breaks during the day to be by yourself for 15-minutes or so? Even a 5-minute “oasis of calm” will enhance your sense of well being and reset your inner compass. Close your office door, or go out to your car if you don’t have an office, (last resort lock the bathroom door), set the timer on your phone or computer for 5 or 15 minutes, close your eyes and visit an oasis of calm in your mind. Breathe in the scents and feel the warm sun on your skin. Breathe deeply and exhale slowly. Repeat until the timer goes off. Instead of deep breathing, you may try writing in your journal or other short spurts of creativity. Return to work refreshed and renewed.
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