One of my main struggles in life is getting up in the morning. It’s easy enough on work days, because I know that I have to be out of the house by 6:50am or I’ll be late for work and that would be bad.
But on days off, where I’ve got a tonne of things planned (filming videos, preparing for physiology supervisions, meeting friends etc), it’s too easy to hit the snooze button.
Recently, I’ve started to tell myself a different story about this.
I tell myself “You can go back to bed, but only once you’ve had a shower”. That thought gets me out of bed and into the shower, and of course, once I’ve actually had a shower and sang some Lewis Capaldi, I’m wide awake and ready to start the day.
This is similar to the classic “5 minutes” productivity hack. To combat procrastination from a task, we tell ourselves that we’re just going to do it for 5 minutes. Of course, once we’ve started, we tend to be able to continue, but the lie of “I just have to do this for 5 minutes” helps us overcome the activation energy needed to start doing the thing.
Have a great week!