Last Tuesday at 8:00am, after I made our bed and chatted with my husband before he ran off to work, I said "I feel off. It's like I woke up in a funk"
"What do you mean?" he replied
"I'm just in a bad mood - I feel flustered and unorganized. The kids are driving me nuts"
I wasn't feeling like myself.
I couldn't figure out what was wrong.
I was just annoyed.
I had slept in. Specifically, I woke up at 6:50am, just 10 minutes before my husband and the kids rolled out of bed.
Breakfast was chaotic, the house was in a disarray, and I had this feeling of overwhelm.
I couldn't figure out why my day hadn't started out on the right foot.
Then I realized what was wrong - I missed my morning routine!
My very best days are when I wake up before my family and have two full hours to myself.
Yes I am that crazy morning mom who wakes up before the house to have her coffee in peace.
On my best days, my alarm goes off at 5am. I throw on a big comfy sweater, my big glasses, and sneak downstairs hoping and praying that I don't wake the toddler.
I drink my coffee, I plan my day, I write my "to do list", I hammer out some work and I try and get a work-out in, all before anyone else opens their eyes.
I don't always manage to get it all in, but when I do, my day is far more productive than when I don't.
You may think I'm nuts. You're probably right.
But I wasn't always like this. Not at all.
Just a year ago, I would press snooze for an entire hour, and only get out of bed when I absolutely had to.
I always wanted to be a morning person, but I just couldn't seem to make it happen!
Until I just DECIDED that I was going to be a morning person. I made the commitment.
Since I did that, I feel like I've become a better wife, a better mom and a better stepmom.
I'm more patient, I'm more productive, our house is more organized and I just feel better!
In case you're wondering, here are the five things that I did to transition myself from a "snooze-a-holic" to someone who actually looks forward to early morning wake ups!
1. I GOT CLEAR ON WHY I WANTED TO WAKE UP AT THE BUTT CRACK OF DAWN
There are so many people who just don't feel the need to wake up early. They have no reason to, they have no desire to. It's definitely not for everyone.
But for me, there were (and are) two reasons to be a morning person.
a. It's how I fill my cup.
I'm a big proponent of self-care. For me, it's non-negotiable.
Women often ask me how I make time for self-care with the four kids and our crazy schedule. This is how I how I make it happen!
b. It's when I get a lot of my work done.
I work from home so that I have the flexibility to be there for the kids throughout the day, but that doesn't mean that I don't have to make up my time.
My "working mind" shuts down after dinner, so many times 5am is the only time I have to make sure I meet my deadlines.
My point? When you're clear on why you are leaving that warm comfy bed, you're more inclined to follow through.
2. I SET TIMER ON MY COFFEE MAKER
Getting up is so much easier when you know there is a hot pot of java waiting for you!
3. I TOOK ONE DAY AT A TIME
I didn't make some unrealistic commitment to wake up past 5:00am for the rest of my life. I know from experience that those long term goals set me up for failure. I just decided to do it one day, and then I noticed the benefits and I decided to do it the next! The next thing I knew, my internal clock automatically wakes up before dawn.
4. I (USUALLY) DON'T HIT SNOOZE
Snooze is the enemy. I (try) to never take my iPhone up on it's offer for 8 more minutes of sleep.
It turns out, when I do hit snooze, I actually end up feeling MORE tired and am LESS likely to get out of bed.
Waking up early is like ripping off a bandaid. Just get up and do it!
5. I GO TO BED EARLY
When we don't have anything going on at night, I try to wind down right after dinner. Look it's not for everyone, but in my perfect world, I'm crawling into bed at 8:30, and conked out by 10. 11 at the latest.
What about you? Morning person or night hawk?