We all get trapped in a lazy rut from time to time – you might even be in one right now! It’s a vicious cycle where the days slip away and you get increasingly less accomplished. Too much procrastination can make you feel lethargic, unmotivated, and even miserable. Here are four ways to give yourself a much needed kick up the backside!
Get a good night’s sleep
When we don’t have other commitments like work or education, our bed turns into that devil on our shoulder whispering terrible advice. It always starts the same: you stay up later, sleep in later and before you know it, you’re up till three o’ clock in the morning and waking up at midday.
Try getting yourself to bed a half hour earlier each night and start being strict with the alarm. One good trick is to put your alarm clock at the other end of the room. This will force you to get up in order to turn it off.
You might be spending longer in bed to make up for a bad night’s sleep. If you toss and turn a lot during the night or experience back or joint pain, the blame may lie with your mattress. A lot of open coil mattresses can end up dipping in the middle and not support your weight properly. A much better alternative is memory foam: it will mould to the contours of your body and align your spine, so that you are sleeping with good posture.
Even if your mattress still has a few years left in it, you can enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of memory foam. Online retailers like Zleeps supply a number of mattress toppers that can significantly improve your slumber.
Before you go to bed, make a list of the things you want to accomplish tomorrow. Even if you don’t get through them all, you’ve at least took the first step towards being more productive. Notice boards are a great way to put your lists on display, so that they act as a constant reminder.
If you’ve been stuck in this rut for a while, there is probably an overabundance of housework that needs to be done. Pick a room – it doesn’t have to be your own – put some music on, and give it a good scrub. The satisfaction you’ll feel once the job is done will make it more than worthwhile.
Get some exercise
You don’t necessarily have to join a gym or take up a sport to get some exercise – although it wouldn’t hurt. Something as simple as a brisk morning walk can be enough to get the blood pumping. Exercise not only keeps you fit: it also improves your mood. Your body will release endorphins which can make you feel pumped up and motivated. After you’re done, you’ll come home feeling reinvigorated and ready to tackle the next bullet point on that list.