August is coming to a close, meaning that it’s the end of summer. It also means that new morning routines have to be formed: students will be starting a new school year, and everyone else who’s been on vacation mode during the summer will also need to re-calibrate their “back-to-business” mode. And part of that re-calibration process is to become a functional member of society and be productive the minute you roll out of bed.
I know: easier said than done.
We all have days when we don’t want to get out of bed. I’m guilty of having these type of days often. I would open my eyes, get hit with laziness, and then I would end up snuggling further into my blankets as I close my eyes again. It would take me about another hour or two before I would convince myself to fully haul my ass up and out of bed.
On these I-really-don’t-want-to-leave-my-bed-days, the moment I start regaining consciousness, my mind automatically starts thinking about what I have in store for that day. Just to get myself through the dread that I feel, I would start internally pep-talking myself to face the day. I tell myself that chores and errands will not do themselves. Eventually, after a long mental battle, I begrudgingly leave the warmth of my bed. My day had to start sometime.
I wanna point out though that I don’t feel this way all the time; there are days that I’m completely energetic and feeling like the Energizer Bunny! I immediately—and happily (weird, right?)—jump out of bed, ready and willing to get going with whatever tasks I have planned. But this post isn’t about already being excited and feeling productive when you wake up. Because if you’re already out of bed and smiling about it, you’ve already won half the battle.
No; this post is about what to do when you have to wake up but all you wanna do is stay in bed. Luckily for you, I’ve got a few suggestions to win that battle!
How to Get Out of Bed, Stay Out of Bed, and Be Productive
1. DO NOT lay back down after sitting up.
- As you can probably already tell, doing this is extremely counter-productive. You want to get out of bed: laying back down defeats the purpose.
- Also, once you’re already sitting up, you’d be feeling a little more awake than if you stayed laying down. I know I feel this way the moment I pull off my blanket and feel the cold air touch my body.
- Don’t get me wrong though, I still have days when I hide under the covers when I feel the cold air, because warmth equals comfortable–but I still end up feeling mostly awake by that time. I cry a little bit inside every time I lose the comfort of my own bed, but it’s worth it. I know I’d feel a lot worse if I just let the day pass me by, and I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way.
2. Open the curtains.
- Sometimes all it takes to wake our bodies up is to have natural light filtering in through the windows. Unless I’m exhausted, I can’t fall asleep when there are rays of light hitting my closed eyelids: it makes me feel uneasy.
- When I see the sun all bright and high up in the sky, I get antsy. I just want to start moving and continue moving. I’m already this way naturally (always on the go), but when the sun’s high in the sky, my need to move doubles.
- If you have the opposite schedule and work graveyard shifts, getting woken up by the sunlight is probably the least ideal thing for you. But that’s OK! There are other suggestions for you to get yourself out of bed when you have to wake up.
3. Tidy up and eat.
- To keep myself from crawling back into bed, I exit my bedroom and start putting things back where they belong around my apartment.
- If you don’t share a bed with anyone, take this time to make the bed first. You’ll be less likely to feel like jumping back in when you see it neat and tidy. As for me, I do this step last because I have a bed-mate and I tend to be the first one up.
- Fluff up the couch cushions and throw pillows.
- If there are dry dishes left on the dish-rack from the night before, I would put those away. Dirty dishes left on a random place that isn’t the sink? I would grab all of those and then start washing them.
- If you have a home office or a desk that you do any type of work on, you can tidy it up if you left it in disarray the day before.
- After everything is returned to where it should be, I would find something to eat for breakfast. Once I have food in my stomach, the thought of laying back down doesn’t feel enticing to me at all. Drinking coffee helps too.
- I also find that once I’ve gotten in the zone of tidying up, I just continue to stay in the zone of productivity. It’s useful; I love it!
4. Stretch or exercise.
- Get your body going by getting your blood flow going. Do some stretches, go for a run, or go to the gym. I know going for a run or lifting weights when you’re not feeling up to it is torture, but after a few minutes, you should be able to feel more energetic.
- Once you have that helpful boost of energy, you’ll feel more inclined to be productive throughout the day.
5. Wash your face or take a shower.
- Wash the sleep out of your eyes with cold water. When my eyelids want to be permanently stuck together, I drown it with cold water. It helps. Cold air and cold water? It’s a wake-up recipe–for me at least.
- On the same note, drinking cold water also helps to rejuvenate me, so try that too!
6. Just do it.
- I lied. There was one more. But I think this one speaks for itself. Just get up. Sometimes, that’s all the motivation you really need to be productive.
- Once you get moving, you’ll overcome the sleepiness and laziness. That’s how it works for me, why not for you too?
And there you have it, folks! Wake up; get productive. It’s not so bad once you get the hang of it and get a routine going. If you still have problems getting yourself out of bed, let me know in the comments! Or if you have other techniques you use to jump start to your day, the comments section is the best place to share them all!