BEDTIME ROUTINE: 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU CATCH 8 HOURS OF SLEEP & WAKE UP @ 6 AM MOTIVATED

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want everyday to be productive? Your guess is as good as mine, we all desire productivity.
Highlighted in this article, are 10 tips to inspire you to get enough rest and start your day super motivated.

As requested by some of my readers to make a post on some tips to catch 8 hours of sleep and wake up at 6 AM super motivated because they simply cannot wake up at 4:30 AM given that less than 8 hours of sleep is not enough for them, I have obliged and prepared this post specifically for them.

If you are anything like me then going to bed early is not your thing. The midnight seems to be the magical moment where the entire universe come together in harmony; peace and tranquility rule. This breeds creative thinking; and for a writer, a deep thinker, a problem solver, an achiever, a creative hub,  the “never-enough type”, “I need-more type”, “I know I can do more type” you just want to seize the opportunity and delve into doing your thing. But as with every other thing in life, there is always a repercussion when we choose to defy nature; a bad night sleep means a bad day occasioned with poor decision-making. Therefore, the importance of getting a good night sleep cannot be overemphasized, God created it to help us refresh and regain all the energy dispensed during the day.

Four days ago, I was brainstorming on a new blog I wanted to start precisely in the oil and gas industry. It started off at about 7 PM and I could not go to bed until 5:30 AM yet I could not arrive at a decision but I had valuable insights to help my quest. This was not the first time this had happened and so I have some experience as to why we often suffer from insomnia. I continued the brainstorming the next day after the day’s work but this time, I approached it differently. I achieved the desired results and went to bed early (11 PM) and was up at 4:30 AM; of course, the insights from the previous night was helpful.

In the 5 tips to wake up @ 4:30 AM published recent, I highlighted 5 hints that get me out of bed @ 4:30 AM. similarly, I have come up with 10 easy tips to help you catch 8 hours of sleep and wake up at 6 AM, super-motivated and ready to kick the day in the butt and achieve high productivity.

Here are the tips…

  1. Leave office work in the office/homework on the reading table: For most people, the temptation to continue the work at home to meet up deadline is irresistible, I have been guilty of this as well; oh, that homework or presentation is due tomorrow so I need to finish it tonight.Question: why leave the homework or projects till the last-minute?

    Note: we must balance work and life to be happy and productive.

    Tip: Eliminate the things that waste your time and start projects/homework way early before the deadline approaches. Try your best to do as much work as you can and leave the rest for the next day.

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2. Eat dinner at least 3 hours before bed: Night time meals should be early and lighter than breakfast and lunch. You will struggle to sleep well if your body is busy breaking down the food you just ate.

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3. Briefly read your favorite relaxation novel to help you relax your mind: This is helpful because when you’re trying to sleep you don’t need your brain stimulated but relaxed.

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4. Play bedtime instrumentals: if you are not a fan of reading novels then I have another awesome tip for you. Play your favorite bedtime instrumentals or music, if you opt for music, avoid tracks that stimulate you or push you to want to dance 😊 instead of slowly taking you to the wonderland of unconscious beauty.

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5. Put away all gadgets: personally, what keeps me from sleeping are my gadgets–mobile phone and laptop. The temptation to respond to that beep on messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, WhatsApp, and Facebook is so irresistible. To resist this and stick to my routine, I just put all of them away.

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6. Turn off the lights: some people like to sleep with the lights on but not me, somehow it pierces through my closed eyes and feels like being outside, I just experience inner brightness that sparks my imaginative powers which does not help to relax my mind.

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7. Early to bed early to rise. Set your alarm for 5:50 AM and go to bed at 10 PM. More about the proverb “EARLY TO BED EARLY TO RISE” here.

8. Keep your alarm clock far from your reach: this is helpful because you may be tempted to stretch out your hand and hit the snooze button😊.

9. Wake up and stretch when the alarm goes off: this is the first thing I do because it helps awaken my body. For more on the importance of stretching in the morning click here.

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10. Get out of bed and stimulate yourself. Play your favorite song, or motivational clip or whatever it is that gets you excited.

That is it…thank you for reading. If you find this article helpful or you think there is someone out there who might benefit from it please share and don’t forget to leave your personal bedtime routines, and suggestions in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

5 TIPS TO WAKE UP @ 4:30 A.M

To be productive, we must utilize the time we have and use it judiciously.

This also means a commitment to excellence which does not come by chance but by tactful planning and maximum effort.

I have compressed my wake-up routine into 5 steps to share with you and hopefully it buoys you to rise early and enjoy productive days ahead.

 

  1. “EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE.” Go to bed early, 10 PM.

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  1. Set your alarm clock for 4:20 A.M: use the residual 10 minutes to allow your body to become more aware of external stimuli.

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  1. Keep your alarm clock far from your reach: this is helpful because you may be tempted to stretch out your hand and hit the snooze button😊.
  2. Wake up and stretch when the alarm goes off: this is the first thing I do because it helps awaken my body.

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  1. Get out of bed and stimulate yourself. Play your favorite song, or motivational clip or whatever it is that gets you excited. For me I pray and read the Bible, I love soccer and I am a Manchester United fan, so in the morning I like to read sport news specifically soccer especially if we beat Manchester City, Liverpool FC, or Chelsea😊, and watch a motivational clip as well, then I write.

What are some of the things you do to wake up early? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

4 Magic Phrases You Can Use to Respond to ANYTHING

This is interesting so I thought I should share. Knowledge is power only if put to use, so make use of these insights.

THE VIRTUE OF PATIENCE

Patience is an important attribute in life. Without it a lot will go wrong; dreams and aspirations will be shattered.

There is a proverb that says ” A patient dog eats the fattest bone”.

This saying might no longer be true but the message stays the same and is true. Patience is a virtue and a very important one at that; in pursuing my dreams I have had to learn how to be patient with myself and others. I was not always the patient type, I always wanted things done quickly and be over with; this might be a good thing but when things don’t go as planned, frustration, anger, sadness and the likes, flood in like the rivers and streams pouring into the ocean.

What is patience? You may ask.

According to the online etymology dictionary, patience is the “quality of being willing to bear adversities, a calm endurance of misfortune, suffering, etc.,” the key word for me here is ‘willingness’ this is important because if you choose to do something out of your will then nothing can stop you. Given that there is nothing sweet or easy about bearing adversities, enduring misfortune, or accepting suffering, the significance of the willpower in pursuing our aspirations cannot be over-emphasized.

In a world where everything is just a click away, patience can almost be seen as a waste of time. Today we believe that things come by easily and fast too, given that we can place orders, and in split seconds we have them delivered to our doorsteps. We want things, and very quickly too! If it is not now, then never. Yes we can get most things immediately but some do take time and these often than not are the best things; building relationships, building a career, learning a new skill, adapting to new cultures, building empires, raising kids, finding yourself, letting go of a bad habit and the list continues.

To have patience, we must have hope and believe that at the end it will all be worth it. We must focus on the prize, the glory that awaits such a venture that demands so much of us; this therefore, means that our patience cannot be in vain because on a daily basis we press toward something greater, with the conviction that the present sufferings or inconveniences are nothing compared to the victory that will be revealed in due season.

A man/woman with great ambition must accompany that with great patience as well, and the reason is not far-fetched, for nine out of ten times you will be subjected to frustration, not by choice but by circumstances and lessons that you must only face and learn along the way to achieving your goals and dreams. But patience alone cannot do the job, hence, hope is a pre-requisite. Alongside patience, we must keep hope alive and not stop believing that the fruits will yield in due time. This combination is important because every good thing takes time, we have to plant, water, wait for it to grow, weed out the unwanted, harvest and then enjoy the fruits of our labor; it is a process.

It is said that when the going gets tough, only the tough get going; but I dare to say that when the going gets tough, only the patient, hopeful and those who believe keep riding in the turbulent and stormy sea of uncertainties and great suffering and discomfort, because they knew from the onset that it was not going to be peaches and cream, hence, were fully prepared to fight it out; because it is only when we forget what we are fighting for that we quit. Continue reading “THE VIRTUE OF PATIENCE”

Would You Turn Down The Request of Your Mother?

At the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, Jesus’ time had not come but at the request of His mother, He performed His first miracle to meet the need of the wedding guests. Click here for the full story.

Just take a brief moment and imagine how you would feel on your astronomically immense day when your best man or chief bridesmaid approaches you in the apex of the celebration that they had run out of food and or drink and some quests had not eaten or had anything to imbibe! Do you sense worry? fear? shame? dishonor? what will people verbally express? knowing that lamentable news travel fastest, I am sure this piece of lamentable incident would have eclipsed the proceedings of the beautiful wedding. No one would talk about how esthetic the wedding dress was or how delicious the food was, or how well the event was organized. My point is, you would be apprehensive about so many things at the time and would do anything to find an expeditious solution. But they did not seem to have anyway around it, hence, the mother of Jesus was approached, I wonder why they did not approach Jesus directly; ostensibly they kenned how arduous it is to turn down the request of a mother!

The place of motherhood is second to none, shout out to all mothers and women in general, you are a gift to humanity. Albeit the time for Jesus to commence His ministry had not come, He could not quash the request of His mother; woman, my time has not yet come, He said! Mothers been who they are was not going to yield just like that for she knew the great need of the hosts. Do whatever he tells you, she said to the disciples.     This is fascinating because though He verbally expressed His time had not yet come, she knew in her heart that He was not going to turn down her request.

Her faith and believe that her son would not ignore her request was rewarded; fill the empty jars with water he said to His disciples. The water was subsequently turned into the finest wine at the feast.

This is an incredible story not just because it involved Jesus and His mother Mary but it showcases the relationship between mother and son as well. For the wedding hosts to go to the mother and place their request in lieu of going directly to Him implied that they  had a very good relationship. There was a bonding and love amongst them and they fathomed that for this reason, the mother’s request was unlikely going to be turned down; and for Jesus to grant her request knowing that His time had not yet come, spoke volume of the respect He had for her.

As a mother, what is your relationship with your children? Can you confidently make a request of your children and believe that they would do anything to grant it?
As children (we are all children because we have parents), just like Jesus, are we disposed to accolade and reverence our mothers? Can they come to us believing that we will not turn down their requests?

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