I am not a morning person, at all.
This is something I aim to change.
The alarm goes off and I instinctively hit the snooze button … more than once. I drag myself out of bed and to the kettle for a coffee, a morning ritual that never changes.
That coffee is sipped slowly as I flick senselessly through social media on my phone. Before I know it, the mug is empty and I contemplate a refill, the day has well and truly begun but my body and mind are slow to acknowledge it.
Rewind a little to the night before, I am tired but can not switch off. My mind is racing with all that I did not achieve today, all that I know I need to do tomorrow, great ideas and grand plans. Time passes, the quietness of that time of night energizes me, I stay up way too late finally falling asleep from sheer overload.
It is a vicious circle, up late and slow to start the day, that needs to be broken, but how?
Searching for answers starts with the night’s before. Why does my mind kick into gear at this time? For me, it is the uninterrupted quiet that allows me to fully process my thoughts. I enjoy this time and a little bit of this at night is actually beneficial, I just need to shorten the process.
It’s like my brain is on overdrive, scrambling to remember everything. What did I do? What do I still need to do? Today I was frustrated when I did …. so must search for ideas to ease this frustration (insert a home organising project or two) and so on.
Why could I not or what prevented me from fully processing these thoughts throughout the day?
Like many, my day is full of demands from children, from the husband, from the neverending housework and work. It is sometimes not possible to finish a thought before being interrupted by something or everything else.
Before that thought slips away into the back of your mind, to resurface at quiet time, write it down! It can be one word or just a few, it can take just a few seconds now but will trigger those buried thoughts later as opposed to having your mind search through them all later, thus cutting down the time taken.
Now, this could cause a whole lot of other problems if not done correctly. Think numerous bits of paper, random words found weeks later and a whole lot of clutter. Make a specific place where you will record these thoughts, be it a notebook on the kitchen counter or as I am trialling, a notes clipboard on the fridge, easily removed to take with me for quiet time.
Once these thoughts have been processed, transferred to the ‘to do’ list/planner/pinterest board or however you manage your ideas, BIN your notes. Those thoughts have been unburied, dealt with and your mind is clearer. Your ‘to do’ list/planner/pinterest boards are fuller but that’s a whole other kettle of fish to deal with ..
With a clearer mind, an earlier bedtime and a good night’s sleep, I am well on my way to being a morning person!
How about you?
Are you a nightowl or a morning person?
Do you find your mind go into overdrive when you should be sleeping? What do you do to rid yourself of mind overload?
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