Fuel Your Focus

A woman covering her mouth as she yawns.

If you find yourself yawning more, forgetting tasks, procrastinating or just feeling less focused, we've unearthed several unique ways for you to rejuvenate your family and energize your home.

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Start With a Good Night's Rest

Keep a regular sleep schedule—go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning (even on weekends). This strategy may help you feel more refreshed and energized than sleeping the same number of hours, but at different times. Instead of falling asleep to the TV, turn it off before bed. The same goes with your computer. These devices can actually stimulate your mind instead of relaxing it. Also make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible. The darker it is, the better you'll be able to fall asleep and stay asleep. But, before completely turning the lights off, start your bedtime routine using a dimmer to lower the light levels. GE's best incandescent soft white bulbs are perfect for dimming and provide cozy, glowing light while also using 28% less energy.

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Drink Water First Thing

Before you eat breakfast or have your first cup of coffee, drink a cool glass of water on an empty stomach. It will kick-start your metabolism to help you wake up and feel more alert.

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Make Light Work of Homework

If you're like a lot of families, your kitchen is probably used for making fast lunches in the morning and doing homework after school. Improve productivity with focused task lighting over counters and the kitchen table. Pendant lighting with GE reveal® globe bulbs are perfect for task lighting because they filter out dull, yellow rays to produce clean, beautiful light®. An A+ for everyone!

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Work Offline to Stay Focused

Staying productive means avoiding disruptions. Try staying off the grid for just a little bit and see if that works for you. For example, if you don't need the internet for the task at hand, try using an old-school pen and pad of paper — this can make brainstorming more productive. Also, put your phone on silent, only check email once every hour, and don't visit any social media sites until you've accomplished something—make that your reward!

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Take a Sniff of Citrus or Mint

It's 3:00 PM and you're feeling a little sleepy. Instead of reaching for a coffee, try using your nose. Peel and smell a lemon or orange to help boost your energy and alertness. Or, put two drops of peppermint oil on a tissue, hold it to your nose and breathe deeply. Be sure to pack an orange in your child's lunch for a healthy snack and pick-me-up.