Make Over Your Morning: I'm Exhausted, Now What?

You love your morning time. You love how productive you are in these quiet hours of solitude.

But come mid afternoon, if you find yourself yawning, it’s time to reevaluate your schedule. The simple fact is that if you aren’t getting the sleep you need, over time, you will become worn down and worn out.

Sleep deprivation is not to be taken lightly. Besides being unhealthy, sleep deprivation will affect your productivity both in the morning and throughout the day. You may be up and working, but if you aren’t doing your best work, it will likely take you much longer to accomplish your desired results.

If you’re exhausted, it’s time to take another look at your schedule. How much sleep does your body need? How much sleep are you currently getting? Remember, a great morning begins with a reasonable bedtime.

The whole point of rising early is to work on the activities most important to you. But it makes no sense to sacrifice productivity because you are exhausted.

Perhaps you just need to get to bed earlier. Do your evenings consist of television or other inefficient uses of time? Make changes to your day and evening routines that will allow you to get to sleep at the required hour so that you will be able to continue rising early.

Examine your entire schedule and eliminate any inefficient uses of time that cause your days to be longer than necessary. Or, perhaps you could schedule some weekend nap time. Weekend naps are a great way to rejuvenate and catch up on needed sleep.

One of the best books about finding more time in your day (and your week), is 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. I have the audio book (available at Audible) and and listened to it several times already.

Your solution to getting enough sleep, and thus having a productive morning, might be to make a change to some other part of your schedule.

In the meantime, you need some sleep. Take a nap. Go to bed crazy early. Do whatever you have to do to catch up on your sleep. Try your best not to disrupt your early morning habit.

Listen to your body and don’t let yourself get worn down. Make the required changes now so that early morning productivity can be a habit that lasts.
For more of the "Make Over Your Morning" Series:

Make Over Your Morning Intro
Choose Your Spot
Drink Water First
Start with a Reasonable Bed Time
What Will You Wear?