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78jitong.......................................................... 高三李五七弓长,三赵九刘七大王,阎吴谢孙崔氏双,柴米余侯箩万堂, 毛邓陈宋任申杭,曾肖徐翁程董梁,储曲祁解韦国强,男女七十学跟党。

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How to Trick Yourself Into Becoming a Morning Person

I’m not naturally a morning person. Growing up, waking up was always a challenge (ask my folks). In college, I arranged my class schedule so that I could sleep until the PM every day. But my life now, as a CEO and a dad, means that waking up early, clear-headed and ready to jump into the day, is a necessity. Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks to transform myself into an early bird who typically rises when the clock has a 5-handle.

Wake up with purpose

It’s so much easier to get out of bed when you have a sense of purpose and are excited about the day ahead. I get energized thinking about the meetings on my calendar, the incredible people I get to work and brainstorm and solve big problems with, and the time I spend with my family.

If you regularly wake up dreading the day, take a step back and make some changes. Life is way too short to live with a permanent case of the Sunday Scaries.

Sleep better

The importance of getting enough sleep has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reason. You spend a third of your life in bed, and the quality of your sleep impacts the other two thirds. Where you sleep is not the place to skimp. Invest in a good mattress, and get your pillow custom fitted (you can do this at any mattress store). Don’t drink a ton of fluids before bed (h/t to my kids for teaching me this). Get black-out shades. Try earplugs. Check out white noise machines – I use an app for this when I travel.

And learn how much sleep you need. Most people truly need 8 hours, and only 5% of the population – those with a genetic mutation – can get by with 6 hours. If you’re in the other 95%, like I am, it’s not an impressive business feat to “only get a few hours.” It’s foolish and will impact both your health and your chance of success.

Get up better

I wake up better when I am rousted from my sleep gently, not with a klaxon old school alarm. I use an app called Sleep Cycle with an alarm that starts low and gradually increases in volume. Alternatively, Fitbit has a vibrating alarm that’ll wake you up gently, which I like as well.

Give yourself time to wake up. Maybe you set your alarm for 6 a.m., but don’t get out of bed until 6:30. That’s fine – the body takes some time to wake up. I like to stretch, drink a glass of water and meditate for a few minutes before my feet hit the ground. And yes, I often spend 10-15 minutes reading email and reviewing the HotelTonight numbers from the past day.

Fuel up wisely

I’m not usually hungry when I wake up, but having something small with protein and fat, like almonds or eggs, always gives me a boost of energy. I also put a personal ban on caffeine after 12 p.m. Think you need that 2 p.m. coffee fix because you’re groggy? You’ll be way more groggy the next day if you’re up until 1 a.m. watching Daredevil Season 2 on a caffeine high. (I speak from experience on this matter.)

Exercise

I’m a big believer that exercise is not only good for your body but for your mind – reducing stress, helping clear your head and boosting your creativity (this is one of the reasons HotelTonight offers a gym subsidy). Some days I can only get in a workout in the afternoon, but the mornings where I wake up and exercise early, I find I have a ton more energy for the day. It’s definitely painful to start a workout at 6 a.m. the first few times (what am I doing here again?) but you get addicted to how good it makes you feel the rest of the day.

Another tip is to sign up for a workout class you have to pay for, rather than your usual gym – or plan to meet a friend there. The temptation to bail is way less when you’re accountable to your friend or your wallet.

 
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