It’s been almost two weeks that I’ve been going to bed early and getting up early. I know, two weeks isn’t long enough to consider anything a habit, unless your talking about buying Lattes every day and then I’d bet you’d call it a habit. In any case, I’ve found that I quite like it. Here’s why:
- Scott and I go to bed at the same time. Since he has to get up at 4am when he’s on day shift, he’s in bed by 8. I usually was never in bed until at least 10 and sometimes 12. I’ve enjoyed the whole house shutting down at one time. It’s weird, but it feels like that “lights out” moment at camp when you knew you were all in it together.
- I wasn’t getting a whole lot done at night anyway. My brain power by 8pm was not worth much so I’d find I was just circling between Facebook, Twitter and email. Sometimes I’d get a blog post in but only when I was lucky.
- I start to think about the next day a lot earlier in the evening. This is good because at 7:30 I still have energy to plan for the next day. I find even though I’m up early the next day, I’m getting more things ready for the next day the night before.
- I get up easier when it’s earlier. I have no idea how that happens but it’s easier for me to get up at 5:45 when I’ve gone to bed at 9 then it is to get up at 6:45 when I went to bed at 10. It shouldn’t be so as it’s the same amount of time but I have just found I am entirely too groggy the later I wake up, no matter how much sleep I’ve had. In fact, Friday night Scott and I were asleep by 9:30 or so and slept in until almost 9 and it was harder to get myself out of bed that morning.
- I like starting my day before everyone else. I feel like I have a head start to my day and get my day started with the right attitude versus the kids up and me feeling like a failure for not being able to be up with the kids.
- I get more done in the morning. I’m a lot more alert in the morning so I’m actually productive. With less time, I get more done.
- We’re not rushed to get off to school. This morning, we were all literally sitting around the living room waiting for the time to leave. This has *never* happened before.
- I like that the kids will remember that I’m up, ready and alert. I normally did have to wake them up for school anyway but I was in my pjs, hair a mess and barely alert. It worked, but I just feel better being completely dressed and ready. I have a better tone to my voice and attitude.
- I’m not worried all day about all the things I need to do. Yes, some things have to wait but I like that I can get things started before work. That load of laundry that needs switched or that blog post that needs written (this one!) can all get done without me worrying about it.
- I’m saving money! Now this one sounds funny but seriously, we are. Since I’m up earlier I have time to make my own coffee and get my snack and lunch ready for work when I go. Before, I was just rushing out the door and buying stuff at work. I still treat myself to Starbucks one work morning a week but I’m not buying the regular coffee at work every single time.
Wow, I didn’t think I’d ever be such a proponent as an early-riser but I think I’m in! The only downside I can think of is when you CAN’T get to bed early and it’s super hard to get up early the next morning. The good news is, it’s even easier to go to sleep early the next night and get back on track.
So how do you do this? I started out by going to bed super early one night when I was exhausted but then got up early the next day instead of sleeping in. Somehow, it’s stuck since then!
So tell me, are you an early riser or night owl??
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