Note to Self: Life Starts Early

AT WERKLAB, WE ARE ALL ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY. BUT ONCE A WEEK MONDAY HAPPENS AND GETTING FROM WEEKEND MODE TO WEEK-DAY MODE MAY REQUIRE SOME EXTRA EFFORT – DON'T WORRY, WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE. SOME DAYS, WE JUST NEED A HELPING HAND. ENTER WERK HACKS, SOME TRICKS OF THE TRADE FROM INSIDE THE LAB TO HAVE BETTER MORNINGS, BETTER AFTERNOONS AND BETTER DAYS AT WORK.

A good night sleep is the absolute best and when you are cozied up in bed, the last thing you want to do is get out of it. But all good things must come to an end as your alarm is bound to go off and once it does, it's best to get up. In other words, when your body wakes up, wake up with it.

The truth is, getting out of bed can be hard – you may find yourself pressing that snooze button a little more often than you should (don’t we all?). But in reality, by falling back asleep, your sleep cycle will only start back up making it even more difficult to finally push yourself out of sleep and wake up – that's right, it gets harder. To get technical on you, that in-between period – the one between a good sleep and a productive day – is a little something called sleep inertia which occurs when you awaken suddenly and feel groggy before feeling “fully awake”. On the weekends, we are able to wake up with the sun or our internal alarm clock (total bliss, by the way) but in reality, the alarm clock isn’t something that we can really do without. The solve: what is important, is to go to bed at a regular time and wake up at a regular time. It sounds very simple but by sticking to a regular routine, you are doing your body a huge favour. When you do wake up, try your hardest not to press snooze. Instead, pick up a book or the newspaper to stay awake during your usual snooze time and get your day going without the grogginess. If all else fails, invest in the Philips 3520 lamp for the best kind of alarm – we swear by it.

Some quiet time to take it easy before really diving into work – the best Monday morning solve.

Some quiet time to take it easy before really diving into work – the best Monday morning solve.