Posted by Brian McCullough
This has been all over the interwebs this weekend, but I thought it would make for a useful and productive Monday morning post back on Thursday when I first saw it:
From ScottHYoung, 7 Tips for Morning Alertness Without the Caffeine
My favorite tips:
Don’t Skip Breakfast. Wake up early enough to get something to eat. Skipping meals throw your metabolism out of balance, causing you to gain fat and lose energy. Skipping breakfast also means your blood sugar will be low in the morning and energy levels down.
The 10-Minute Rule. If you want to stick with a consistent wake-up time, practice the ten-minute rule. This means you commit to staying awake for at least the next ten minutes. Once you get over that initial period, the temptation to go back to bed is usually gone.
I work out of my home 2 days a week, and I actually have found myself using the 10-Minute rule. It’s so easy on those work-from-home mornings to say, “Aw, another half and hour won’t hurt anyone.” Three half-hours later…
But if I make myself get up and walk around a while… take the dog out, check the news on the web… after a few minutes I find the urge to go back to bed fades.