background preloader

How to Make Waking Up Comfortable and Pleasurable (Instead of Punishing)

How to Make Waking Up Comfortable and Pleasurable (Instead of Punishing)
Related:  Morning

» 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin, famously “Put no trust in the benefits to accrue from early rising, as set forth by the infatuated Franklin …” – Mark Twain By Leo Babauta Recently, reader Rob asked me about my habit of waking at 4:30 a.m. each day, and asked me to write about the health benefits of rising early, which I thought was an excellent question. Unfortunately, there are none, that I know of. However, there are a ton of other great benefits. Now, let me first say that if you are a night owl, and that works for you, I think that’s great. Greet the day. How to Become an Early Riser Don’t make drastic changes.

The Cognitive Benefits Of Chewing Gum | Wired Science  Why do people chew gum? If an anthropologist from Mars ever visited a typical supermarket, they’d be confounded by those shelves near the checkout aisle that display dozens of flavored gum options. Chewing without eating seems like such a ridiculous habit, the oral equivalent of running on a treadmill. And yet, people have been chewing gum for thousands of years, ever since the ancient Greeks began popping wads of mastic tree resin in their mouth to sweeten the breath. Socrates probably chewed gum. It turns out there’s an excellent rationale for this long-standing cultural habit: Gum is an effective booster of mental performance, conferring all sorts of benefits without any side effects. While previous studies achieved similar results — chewing gum is often a better test aid than caffeine — this latest research investigated the time course of the gum advantage. What’s responsible for this mental boost? Photo: Flickr/world of jan via bakadesuyo PS.

Train Yourself to Become a Morning Person and Test If You're a Real Lark or Night Owl About 15 years ago I suffered from a serious case of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, where I was most awake between 1-3 AM, and couldn't get out of bed before 9 or 10 AM. It didn't help that I had a high tech/dotcom job where I could roll in at 10:30, no problem. I fixed my sleep rhythm by doing a few things: 1 - I bought an enormous light box, and I put 2 150 watt bulbs in the lamps next to my bed, and put those lamps on a timer to go off at 6AM. At night, I came home and didn't turn on any lights in the house. Watched a little TV, and went to bed. At 6AM those lamps came on, making my bedroom look as lit up as a jet runway. Once the lamps came on, I sat in front of the light box on my computer for 30 minutes. I had a hard time the first week or so, then my rhythm shifted.

Procrastination Hack : change and to or “When do you go running?” “When the time is right.” “When is the time right?” “When it's a nice day, and I've finished my work, and I haven't just eaten, and I'm feeling energetic.” “Repeat that last sentence, changing ‘and’ to ‘or’.” “When it's a nice day, OR I've finished my work, OR I haven't just eaten, OR I'm feeling energetic.” “That sounds like a better plan.” Got a list of conditions you need satisfied before you do something? Try changing and to or.

How to be a morning person, and have more time for yourself! Do you hate getting up in the morning? Does the sound of your alarm clock set you in panic, dry sweats, and almost bring you to tears each morning? Do you hate people that are happy and chipper early in the morning? Do you need to have at least two cups of coffee before you can even acknowledge the day each morning? Do you wish there was a way to make getting up easier? Do you wish you had more time to get things done during the day? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this ‘ible is for you. Please note, I’m not a doctor, I never played one on TV, I didn’t even stay in a Holiday Inn last night, so please use this only as a guide and seek professional help for any problems or issues you may have. With that said, I have been in the US Army for over 20 years and been deployed all over. Over time, I’ve learned plenty of tricks for dealing with early mornings. So here goes…

Android - Lifehacker Start Your Day in 33 Different Ways Mornings are underrated. I consider them fundamental for the whole diurnal experience. What you do in the very first moments of your morning will fundamentally and inexorably shape your entire day. Consciously inserting your intentions in these very first moments will have a huge effect. Here are at least 33 ways in which you can transform your days by only spending 5 minutes every morning. 1. I love the morning stillness and the unspoken promise of something ready to start. 2. And do nothing. 3. Point your mind to something you’re really grateful for and stay there. 4. Regardless of the current season. 5. You’re going to spot it pretty easily if you put your mind to it. 6. Write an answer to an old question, do part of a small chore, move an object out of somebody’s way. 7. Empty your mind and isolate from your environment. 8. This is different from number 6 in terms of the actual time of the helping act. 9. Like in getting physical. 10. 11. Let go. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

How to Learn Without Memorizing Photo by Edwin Stemp Rote memorization is an inefficient way to learn. Just retaining a single formula can mean pounding the same information into your skull dozens of times. Unfortunately, you’re stuck with your brain. A few years ago, I noticed that smart people seemed to learn differently than most other people. While there are undoubtedly some genetic advantages that allow some people to learn effortlessly, I think part of this difference in success comes down to strategy. Is Your Brain a File Drawer or a Web of Ideas? A computer stores information as thousands of electrical 1s and 0s in a linear fashion. However, your brain isn’t a sequence of bits and bytes, so this approach doesn’t make sense. Other Forms of Learning What I’d like to advocate in this article is a more creative, spontaneous form of learning than the style you were probably coached for in school. There are lots of ways you can learn creatively: 1. You can do the same thing with less technical subjects. 2. 3. Examples:

How to Become an Early Riser It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting my stride each day until late afternoon. But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. … and the next morning, I got up just before noon. Hmmm… I tried again many more times, each time not getting very far with it. It’s hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. The most common wrong strategy is this: You assume that if you’re going to get up earlier, you’d better go to bed earlier. It seems there are two main schools of thought about sleep patterns. The second school says you should listen to your body’s needs and go to bed when you’re tired and get up when you naturally wake up.

The Two Biggest Mistakes People Make When Starting to Live Frugally Wise Bread Picks "I've turned over a new leaf in life!" You exclaim from the highest mountain about your newly adopted frugal lifestyle. You've seen the light — possibly through dire financial necessity — and you understand that with a few lifestyle changes, you can live frugally with relatively no pain and lots to gain. Living frugally, after all, is en vogue. Making the Investment to Be Frugal So you head to the grocery store in preparation for your new frugal lifestyle. You look forward to bragging to your co-workers about the awesome lunch you'll be toting. You reel yourself in. Next in your shopping mission to live frugally, you stop at the bookstore. "Wow — it's been a while since I've read anything," you think as you browse the bookstore. The last stop on your frugal shopping spree is Starbucks. So in the name of getting ready to start living frugally, you've made a hefty investment. Off and Running... Now you're ready for your new frugal life. ...But Too Fast? Staying Motivated

Productivity Boost: How to start your day at 5:00 AM I have been an early-riser for over a year now. Monday through Friday I wake up at 5:00 AM without hitting the snooze button even once. I never take naps and rarely feel tired throughout the day. The following is my advice on how to start your day (everyday) at 5:00 AM.The idea of waking up early and starting the day at or before the sunrise is the desire of many people. Many highly successful people attribute their success, at least in part, to rising early. Many people simply “can’t” get up early because they are stuck in a routine. Relocate your alarm clock.Having an alarm clock too close to your bed is the number one reason people simply cannot get up in the morning. Scrap the snooze.The snooze feature on all modern alarm clocks serves absolutely no constructive purpose. Change up your buzzerIf you use the same buzzer day in and day out, you begin to develop a tolerance to the sound. Have a reasonMake sure you have a specific reason to get up in the morning.

The 4 Hour Workday Photo by Stock Photo How to complete a full workday by noon? Sounds impossible, right? But on many days, by 12 o’clock, I have completed work that should normally take eight hours. Actually, finishing everything by noon isn’t too difficult. The problem, of course, is in the actual elimination of all that wasted time. Don’t Pay Yourself by The Hour If you view work as something that starts at 9 and ends at 5, you won’t be able to finish everything by noon. The solution is to stop paying yourself by the hour. In knowledge work, time input isn’t the point. If You Work at Home, Never Work 9-5 If you are in a typical office environment (that rewards punctuality over performance), it will be harder to get your workday in before noon. However, if you work at home, you have no excuse. Some people, however, don’t get it. However, even by judging his online activity, I knew something was wrong. How to Pay Yourself for Work Finished Weekly/Daily Goals Why You Can’t Add More Work Why Bother Measuring?

Protester Stages Surprise Police Brutality Slideshow for NYPD Commissioner Columbia is what inevitably happens with elitism. Eventually, the rich trust fund kids who move to new york to create an identity for themselves, or the 'Im liberal because I have a gay friend but I support the drug war and war on terror and blacks/brown people scare the hell out of me' crowd end up. It did not used to be that way, but is is now. Yale was the first to end up that way. Then U of Chicago, then Stanford, then Georgetown, then Columbia, and now Dartmouth and Harvard are starting to sway. When 50% of your schools recruiting is based on wealth, or status created by wealth, youll end up with this kind of student body. You couldnt PAY me to go to Columbia right now.

Richard I of England Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death. He also ruled as Duke of Normandy (as Richard IV), Duke of Aquitaine, Duke of Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Anjou, Count of Maine, Count of Nantes, and Overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard Cœur de Lion, or mainly Richard the Lionheart, even before his accession, because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior.[1] The Muslims called him Melek-Ric (King Richard) or Malek al-Inkitar (King of England).[2] Early life and accession in Aquitaine[edit] Family and youth[edit] Richard I's great seal of 1189 Richard was born on 8 September 1157,[8] probably at Beaumont Palace,[9] in Oxford, England. Richard was said to be very attractive; his hair was between red and blond, and he was light-eyed with a pale complexion. Revolt against Henry II[edit]