Welcome back to another installment on this series! If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend checking out the first like, 17 installments. Just kidding – there’s only six! There’s the launch, diet and exercise, soul inspiration, discovering your passion, write it all down, and the (partial) wrap up. If you’re looking for new habits to begin thriving again, then please, please, please take a peek! On today’s post, we’re going to be discussing the benefits of waking up early. Before you roll your eyes at me and click out, just know that this is probably one of the most common tips when it comes to reclaiming your life. And from the people who recommend this, all of them say it is 100% worth it. Including myself.
Does this sound familiar?
You wake up to the annoying beep of your alarm clock. It can’t be 7am already, you think, I’ll just snooze it once. And then once turns into five times. Before you know it you’re rushing around, trying to get ready for work. You use a whole bottle of dry shampoo in your hair and drink an entire pot of coffee in an effort to revive and energize yourself. Then you spend time you don’t have trying to pick out an outfit and you can’t find your keys as you rush around. Finally you find them and dash out the door, plop yourself in the car, and battle rush-hour traffic to get to work 15 minutes late.
Or maybe this is you.
Your alarm clock is your kids attacking you in bed. Can’t they even just give me five minutes to regain consciousness? you think. How do they have this much energy this early in the morning?! You stumble out of bed and into the kitchen to start the coffee and rustle up some breakfast for your little
hellions angels as they begin destroying the house. As you prepare breakfast, you start running a list of tasks through your head that you need to accomplish today. You’re having a hard time focusing as you fight off the morning brain fog. You start to hear bangs and crashes coming from the kids. As you finish their food, your coffee finishes brewing – you get to take approximately three sips before your kids begin devouring breakfast, thus creating a mess and a pile of dishes.
Or maybe your situation isn’t as hyperbolic as either one of these described. Maybe you always have juuuust enough time to get ready and get to work on time, buuuttt you never feel refreshed and ready to carpe that diem. In both of these scenarios, there’s a lot of things going on that you can’t control. But you can always control what time you wake up at.Maybe you just never feel refreshed and ready to carpe that diem! There's lots of things in life that go on outside of our control - but you can always control what time you wake up at! Click To Tweet
Waking Up Early
Again, before you click out, just hear me out! Here’s a couple reasons why you should be waking up early:
- Waking up early and completing a few simple tasks really helps set the tone for your day. I love waking up early and being able to accomplish some things before the busyness of my day really sets in.
- It gives you time to eat breakfast. So many people skip breakfast simply because they were running late. No breakfast = low energy.
- You’re able to work more productively and efficiently. There are less distractions during early morning hours.
- Waking up at the same time everyday will help stabilize your circadian rhythm. That means the quality of your sleep will improve, which means more energy during the day.
- Waking up early is a great way to practice self-mastery. Do you have the discipline to do it? And this isn’t just about if you’re stubborn enough to wake up at 5am every day. Do you have the discipline to design your life so that you’re still getting adequate sleep while waking up at 5am every day? That’s the trick!
- It gives you time for your priorities. Waking up early is about using your time wisely, so what is important for you to accomplish? Some like to meditate or pray. Others work out. Some get a head start on work. And the people with superhero powers make time for all of that!
- Waking up early gives you time to plan your day. What things need to get done today? Be sure to write it down so nothing falls through the cracks!
But waking up early is hard!
Girlfriend, I know! I totally get it! You should have seen me for the first week or so! Waking up early is definitely an adjustment, especially as you are working out the kinks to be able to go to sleep early enough. The trick is to be disciplined enough to actually go to bed at a reasonable time. As a mom who blogs from home, there is always more I could be doing. I could easily stay up past midnight every night creating more graphics or cleaning something, but that means I wouldn’t be successful at waking up early. And don’t get me wrong, some days are harder than others, but it’s not too bad now that I’ve adjusted.
If you’re having a particularly difficult time, start by setting your alarm clock just 15 minutes earlier every few days.
What my morning looks like…
As weird as it sounds, I’m actually a late-riser within the realm of early-risers. My day starts at 6am. The very first thing I do is use the restroom, brush my teeth, and wash my face. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I brew some tea to warm up with and immediately begin work on my blog. I also warm up breakfast now, to make sure I have plenty of time to digest before going to the gym. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I use that as an opportunity to create looks for my Instagram page. Being able to play around in my makeup without worrying about Clementine is simply amazing! Once I’ve completed all my tasks, I take the time to prepare Clementine’s breakfast before she wakes. And when it’s time to wake up my daughter, I feel relaxed, accomplished, and I already know the plan for the rest of the day.
So, are you convinced that you should be waking up early now? If not, what have you got to lose? I say you give it a try for a few weeks. If it works, you’ve developed a habit that will tremendously benefit your life. And if you feel like you haven’t noticed a difference, you just go back to sleeping in.
Comment down below if you’re an early-riser how waking up early has benefitted your life!