Laziness. Ahh yes, the devil in comfy blankets.
Are you the type of person that wakes up at the crack of noon, crawls out to the couch, comforter in tow, to watch Netflix and eat snacks for 12 hours as dirty dishes rot in the sink? Okay, okay, yes that seems like an exaggeration.
But, guess what?
I’M THAT PERSON. Sometimes. And not just when I’m feeling depressed.
I’ve pretty much always worked evening shifts, AKA 4:00 pm to midnight. I love this, because I’m lazy and I enjoy lounging around for a bit at the beginning of my day. However, I’ve typically woken up around noon, and had about three and a half hours to lounge, and the entire time, I felt like I should be doing something. So, I decided to change it, and it wasn’t easy. It ISN’T easy. I make this correction because I’m still trying every day, and I don’t know if it will ever be easy for me, because for as long as I can remember, I’ve been a very lazy girl.
I’ve always been the type to “need” twelve hours of sleep a night, to be low energy and prefer time on the couch as opposed to time being productive. I’ve never known why, and I’ve never related to the term “morning person”, mostly because I’m not usually even conscious in the morning. But there’s always been part of me that wanted to change, so here are some things I’ve implemented that have helped me relate to those morning people just a little bit. Hopefully they help you too.
Start eating healthier
So, this one might not be very obvious. If you put garbage into your body day in and day out, your body is going to run low on energy. Food= energy and no matter what diet you follow, be it vegan, keto, CICO, clean eating, good food is better than junk. And good food regulates everything, even sleep.
When I started eating keto, almost immediately, my sleep cycle began to regulate. I stopped sleeping for twelve hours and I started feeling rested after about eight. This made it possible for me to wake up without feeling like I just came out of a year long coma, and actually get to the things that needed doing.
Buy a planner
I honestly believe productivity is partly an illusion. If you feel productive, you kind of are productive. Buying a planner has helped me so much to feel like I am actually doing things. I put everything in my planner, from the time I’d like to wake up, to habit trackers, to what I am planning to make for supper. Crossing something off of your to do list is the best. Feeling. Ever. I promise. Sometimes I even put things in my planner that I’ve already done, just so I can cross it off.
Get out of bed!
Say you don’t want to change your diet, or despite eating healthy you still feel like you need an excess of sleep. One trick that is kind of obvious, but works wonders, is to get the hell out of bed. If you wake up at 8:00 am, but spend an hour scrolling on your phone, it makes it so much more tempting to just roll over and go back to sleep, at least for me.
If you get up as soon as you wake up, or shortly after, it makes it harder to fall back asleep. Personally, even getting up to use the bathroom is enough to wake me up enough that I can get out of bed.
Remember to take care of you.
Being productive and getting shit done is great, but don’t forget that you do need time to sit down and focus on yourself. If you are consistently waking up early, yet you just can’t seem to get things done, maybe that’s the time you need to take to sit down, have a coffee, watch some T.V and self care it up! That’s okay! Whether you need to take the morning or the evening to have some you time, do it! For me, mornings aren’t the best time to get stuff done, so I wake up, relax for a bit, then start around noon, and it works perfectly.
Try not to multitask too much
Multitasking sounds like the ultimate form of productivity, right? Well, it can be. But only when it comes to specific things. If you are listening to a podcast and doing the dishes or folding laundry, that is awesome. You are doing things you have to do and learning (if that’s the kind of podcasts you listen to). But if you are trying to write an essay, or read a chapter of a textbook, or get work done, and you are listening to a podcast, your brain is only going to focus on one of those things. And in my experience, if you try to focus on both, you might end up focusing on neither. It’s overwhelming for your brain to try to focus on so many things and for me, my brain kind of shuts down and next thing I know, I’m on Instagram.
Hopefully these things can help you, because they have worked for me, and I could probably win the award for laziest person. Being productive feels so good, and I know it has helped my mental health a lot, so use these easy tips and tricks, and join the productivity train, even if just for a while.