Reasons Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working

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The idea of waking up early, sitting down to breakfast, and writing a few pages in a journal sounds great. But in practice, it rarely works out so cleanly. After a while, you start #sleeping in a little more. Then you skip writing, because you’re in a rush to beat traffic. And who has time for #breakfast, anyway? 

If your mornings is a mess of stress and guilt wondering how on Earth an hour disappeared in a snap and you’re running to school or work again?Then it’s time to start tweaking things, and Lifehacker’s Kristin Wong has a few suggestions on where to start…

Here are few tips that she included in her evening routine to help her feel more like going to bed earlier:

  • Leave work at work: Don’t focus on work after hours. To do this, it helps to plan your first task for the morning. The more prepared you are for the next day, the less likely you are to think about work after work.
  • Get outside during the day: Studies show that daytime light exposure leads to better sleep at night. Try to take outdoor breaks during the day.
  • Eat meals earlier rather than later: Consider having dinner earlier in the evening, so your sleepytime isn’t spent digesting food. It also helps to avoid alcohol, which can mess with your sleep quality during the night.
  • Find a relaxing activity before bed: Some people read. I used to do word search puzzles. Whatever the activity, try to avoid a TV or phone screen too close to bedtime. They emit a blue light, which suppresses melatonin.

Once you get your evening routine down and get used to going to bed at a certain time, you should be able to get up earlier as a result.

Few quick tips for speeding things up in the morning:

Early morning habits that are healthy and useful for everyone, they are actually important to you and make a difference to your day-to-day. They not about whether it’s exciting or not, it’s about how they help you start your day. Here are a few you might choose from:

  1. Writing in a journal
  2. Meditating for a few minutes
  3. Morning yoga
  4. Making your bed
  5. Making a list of things to focus on (and ignore) that day

Gradually fold in your new rituals, see which ones stick, and change your routine over time.

Early morning habits that are healthy and useful for everyone, they are actually important to you and make a difference to your day-to-day. They not about whether it’s exciting or not, it’s about how they help you start your day,” Kristin Wong.

Read more details on lifehacker.

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