It's one of those things where you smack yourself in the head and say "duh!" when you realize it.
Are you staying hydrated and eating fairly quickly after waking up?
Me, I'd been waking earlier but in a haze the last few days... then I water/food/coffee up, and good to go. It's obvious in retrospect, but I was losing a few hours of good thinking by eating late in the day. Making the same mistake? Try having some water and something quick to eat in the morning.
Good point Jolly.
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I've been trying to set limits for myself for eating throughout the day. Helps to alleviate the, "well, just another half an hour" which tends to keep me in the zone, but then irritated and not as productive later. For me it's must eat breakfast by 10a, lunch by 1p, and dinner by 7:30p. Getting up earlier helps and then I just eat shortly after that, but it's a good life balance. Thanks for the post!
Ah.. I've been wanting to try intermittent fasting but I feel as though my schedule wouldn't permit it.
I've been trying to sleep less, ideally between 4 and 7 hours a night. It's amazing when you get 20 hours in a day - it's almost like two distinctively different days. I feel twice as alive as when sleeping 8, 10, or 12 hours.
I'm still adjusting to it, though. Often I'm slower immediately upon waking up, which is not great, but not terrible. The way I start my day is by stretching and going for a walk or otherwise exercising, then eating some simple food, and having a shower. That first hour or two comes pretty automatically.
But then, I find my energy waxes and wanes more when on lower sleep. I actually feel more alert during my peak moments when sleeping less, but then I hit a low patch of exhaustion for 20 minutes to an hour every so often. During this time, my mind is mostly empty and scrambled.
The danger is that it's easy to get into some mindless clicking around at that point, and get stuck in click-click-click-click online for the next few hours. Normally when my mind is foggy, I like to do really low level admin that doesn't require thought: Reply to routine emails, clean something, things like that. Right now, though, it was a little frustrating, because I have basically no low level tasks to be done. Inbox is pretty much empty, no errands to run, my things are generally clean and orderly. So I was starting to click-click-click mindlessly.
I mixed some instant coffee and went outside. I'm staying on top of Mount Davis on Hong Kong Island, and lightning was striking across the water on the Kowloon Peninsula. So I sat out there watching the lightning strike again and again.
Skills require time to attain. There's no magic pill to become stronger; we have to go to the gym consistently. If you want to learn Russian, you need to study, practice, and probably spend some time in Russia. If you want to become a better writer you can learn some good practices, but you ultimately have to produce a lot of writing before you'll be any good.
But what about habits like diet change, sleeping habits, and introversion? While we may not all be able to speak Russian, we all have the innate ability to wake up early in the morning. Our mouths will all accept healthy food. We all have the physical ability to walk up to a stranger and begin talking.
Why do these switches often take so long to flip? Why is it a gradual struggle, rather than an instant change?