A Simple Strategy For Better Rest In Less Time

Via Stepcase Lifehack

Do you start every morning with an internal argument over whether or not to hit the snooze button on your alarm clock again? Do you struggle to fall asleep at night and end up catching a “second wind” that lands you on the couch watching TV at 4am? If so, this sleep hack is for you.

Sure the term “hack” has been used a lot. But in terms of simplification of a very complex process into two quick steps, this hack takes a very large cake. Keep reading to see what I mean. Continue reading


Beat Insomnia with Blue Energy

An active mind can keep you awake well past your bedtime, but a simple meditation technique can help you forget the stress of the day, relax and fall asleep faster.

After a long day of work it’s not always the case that my mind and body agree that it’s time to wind down and get some sleep. Usually at about 11 PM my body is tired but when I lie down to sleep my mind keeps at a constant whirr. This battle between mind and body is the recipe for insomnia. Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Routine

Never feel like there’s enough time in the morning? Find yourself struggling to get up or into work mode? We know the feeling. Try out these tips on waking up, getting energized, and getting things done in the early hours.

Photo by DeaPeaJay.

10. Save the Morning for Thinking

The morning tends to have a quieter, more contemplative feel to it. Take advantage of it, as one CEO recommends, by following poet William Blake’s advice to divide up your day: “Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.” Even if your job’s more about cranking than managing and contemplating, you can use the mornings where you’re not on tight deadline to think over problems, consider future challenges, and give your tasks more mindful attention than they’ll get when everyone else gets in and starts grabbing for your attention. Photo by s0ulsurfing. (Original post) Continue reading

Ditch the Morning Drag by Creating a New Routine

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If you’ve been dragging yourself out of bed lately, it might be time to reboot your morning routine and introduce a new morning ritual—or three!—to mix things up. Create your new morning routine with this simple list. Continue reading

6 Ways For Teens to Avoid Distractions and Finish Homework

via Zen Habits

Here are a few ways to increase your productivity and try to break away from distractions:

1. Turn off your wireless/Internet connection.

I know, it sounds crazy to deliberately cut off your connection to the outside world, but just do it. It eliminates your ability to easily open up your Internet browser and will help you to focus on what you really should be doing. Continue reading

How I Mastered the Power Nap

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Daniel Tenner has spent a lot of time thinking about (and taking) naps. What follows is his experience learning to master 20 minute power naps even though he normally takes 30 minutes to fall asleep.

I am the kind of person who takes 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep, most nights. Falling asleep is an ordeal for me (unless I’m completely exhausted). Don’t get me wrong—it’s not an unpleasant ordeal… there are worse things in life than lying in bed. But I truly envy those people who can just put their head on a pillow and drift off within moments. Oh, such bliss… not for me. I will lie in bed, awake, forever thinking and rethinking whatever happens to be on my mind at the time. Continue reading

7 Caffeine-Free Ways to Increase Alertness – Stepcase Lifehack

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Do you need caffeine to get through your day? I’ve experienced every over-the-counter wakefulness supplement produced before 2007 (when I smartened up) and can promise you that it all has the same effect: A brief period of increased alertness is followed by a dramatic increase in lethargy (a crash) or anxiety and fidgeting. Consume enough caffeine combined with whatever jungle juice is in vogue and you’ll eventually turn into an over-clocked grouch.

Perhaps you already are? You don’t have to be. Here are 7 ways to increase your alertness and subsequent productivity without reaching for that 6th cup of coffee before lunch: Continue reading