I have spent the last week trying to get up early and “dominate my day”. I did pretty well getting up early and getting my butt going on my day for the first week and theeeeen the weekend hit and my new program was thrown aside.
I want to get up and be all like “yeah I am ready to conquer the world” but in reality I am more like “hmm lets start this thing tomorrow”. Lazy is a good word to describe me first thing in the morning. I like sleep, but I seem to like it to much. In reality I don’t usually get seven or eight hours, I have trouble sleeping at night but NO problem sleeping most of the morning. One of my problems is that I am always on a screen. I am either watching TV, using my computer, playing games on my phone or reading on my Ipad. Most of the time I am doing two of these things at the same time. By the time I climb in bed and read a book on my tablet for a while my brain is in hyper-drive and refuses to shut down for sleep time. I looked this up on WEBMD and amongst all the brilliant info on the subject this simple explanation stood out.
“One of the most simple but important reasons technology affects our sleep is cognitive stimulation,” says Mark Rosekind, PhD, former director of the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at the NASA Ames Research Center and president and chief scientist at the scientific consulting firm Alertness Solutions.
Our brain needs to be slowed down before bedtime with a cup of sleepytime tea and soothing music and not given Facebook and Plants vs Zombies to get us more riled up before the lights go out.
The solution is to put away all technology an hour before I go to bed. If I must read before I sleep I need to break out the real thing a “book” that has pages made of paper. This way I can ease myself into sleep mode. One of the reasons I want to get better sleep is that I have read some studies that correlate insomnia with people who have dementia. My mother was an insomniac and she is in later stage dementia. This scares the pants off of me, I want to fix this ASAP, the last thing I want to do is to help dementia get a foot in the door with me! (I know it doesn’t work like that) but still I want to feel in control of my own brain health.
Soooo all of this was to say that I started reading a book called (The 5AM Miracle, Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast) by Jeff Sanders. I found the book to be very thought provoking and a really clean way to look at the topic. I still need to go back and complete the action plans to really get a good grasp of my runaway life/schedule. Below is one of the chapter ending Quick reviews from the book (I hope this is not breaking a law or rule of blogging)
Why getting up early is so awesome
- You will have the precious time you need to effectively plan your day.
- Early mornings are ideal for meditation, prayer, yoga, or just a little quiet time.
- Your sleep is likely to improve dramatically with consistent bedtimes and wake-up calls. (I underlined this one)
- You will have more energy and a more positive attitude.
- It’s easiest to focus on your biggest goals.
- With improved mental clarity, your creative juices will flow even faster.
- Early risers tend to exercise more, eat healthier, and have a sexier body. What’s not to like? (I’m hearing the sounds of an AMEN coming to my lips!)
- Getting more done is nearly a guarantee when you wake up prepared to dominate your day.
- With a consistent 5 a.m. miracle in place, you are more likely to achieve your lifes grandest goal.
- Many high achievers wake up early and you are about to join them. (Hmmm. I hope so)From “The 5am Miracle” by Jeff Sanders Page 27
I’m going to try this again! I will set my alarm for 5:30 to start and get my butt out of bed, do my Bible reading and then enter my very unused exercise room. I WILL dominate my day and get some stuff done! I have some pretty big goals that I just need to put the sweat equity into and get it done!
What do you do?
How do you dominate your day?