For many of us, mornings are hard. Sometimes, getting out of your oh-so-comfortable bed and starting the coffee is achievement enough. But if you’re the type of person who gets up early, congratulations! You’re probably better off than those who hit the snooze button. Recent studies have shown that early risers are actually more productive than their later-sleeping counterparts.
Coming up with a lofty list of goals for 2016 was the easy part — all you had to do was think optimistically and write things down — but here's where it gets hard. January is in full swing, and you have to hold yourself accountable. Did you promise that you'd lead a healthier lifestyle by eating organic or perhaps by incorporating more cardio into your workouts? Whatever your choice was, it's up to you now to see it through to the end.
We all need the occasional "mental health day" off from work to reboot our minds and bodies, but what if you have already called in sick one too many times? Assuming you're experiencing a normal ebb in the energy you have for work and not a more serious issue (like depression, addiction or abhorring your job, in which case you should consult a therapist immediately), here are some things you can do:
"Those artists who pursued their painting and sculpture more for the pleasure of the activity itself than for extrinsic rewards have produced art that has been socially recognized as superior," the study said. "It is those who are least motivated to pursue extrinsic rewards who eventually receive them."
Much like a first impression, what you do in the morning can have a lasting impact on the rest of your day. Establishing a morning routine – or “ritual” – ensures that your most significant tasks get squared away first and can make getting up an event you actually look forward to.