I so very much want to become an early riser. I’m one of those people who could sleep through an earthquake, I could just keep sleeping and sleeping. And yes, I’ll admit it, my husband is usually the one that gets up to Elliott when he wakes every morning at 5.30am, I just cannot function.
I don’t like this habit of mine at all, it makes me feel very guilty, but as much as I mentally tell myself that the next day I must set my alarm and get up, I just keep on sleeping and sometimes I even sleep through my alarm altogether (or quickly turn it off in my sleep somehow and roll back over).
I don’t want to be like this, not only do I feel as though I’m failing in my motherly duties, I feel like I’m missing out on precious time. I can only imagine what I could do if I were to get up bright and early with Elliott (or even before). Here I am always whinging about not getting time to exercise, well if I bloody woke up earlier, I’d be able to fit that in no problems. I’d be able to spend more time with Mr. G in the morning too and help him out with Elliott’s breakfast. I’d have extra time to do a bit of tidying around the place, perhaps even sit on my verandah with a cup of tea and enjoy the sounds of the birds in my garden.
If I were to wake up bright and early, it’d mean that I’d have to go to bed nice and early, and that just doesn’t work for me. My night times after Elliott goes to bed are blissful, I can relax and do what I want, I can catch up on so many things. If I were to go to bed early, I wouldn’t get near enough time. But on the other hand, I know for a fact that I’m more productive in the morning than at night when I’m exhausted.
So how am I going to transform myself into an early riser and reap the rewards? I need to do these things to actually make this ‘transformation’ of mine work:
- Instead of having my alarm clock next to me where I can turn it off, I need to have it somewhere where I physically have to get out of bed to turn it off. When I get up, I need to encourage myself to continue walking out the door!
- I need to go to bed earlier and at the same time each night. I can’t go to bed at 11pm and expect to wake at 5am, I’ll be a walking zombie.
- I need to set a better morning routine so I have something to look forward to when I wake up. If my goal is to wake at 5am (1/2 hour before Elliott) I need to plan what it is I’m going to get done in this half hour. It could be a walk, read the morning news, write a blog post. I’m pretty sure that if I have this set in my mind, I’ll be more motivated to get out of bed, my subconscious will be telling my brain to ‘wake up, you have great things to do.’
- Have my exercise clothes ready to go (perhaps even sleep in them?)
- Avoid my computer or phone right before bed (otherwise I lay awake)
- I need to commit to this for at least 4 weeks for it to become habit. Not necessarily 7 days a week, but at least 5 days per week.
- I need to keep track of it in my diary.
- I need to reward myself at the end of each week when I’ve achieved waking early each day. It could be that I buy myself a magazine, take myself out for coffee on the weekend or perhaps get a massage.
- Make a list every day of what I accomplished with the extra time that I had.
- I can’t do this myself, I need to be accountable to someone else. I’m going to rope Mr. G into it and we will both help each other get up early. (Well he usually is anyway, so I’ll ask him to be a bit brutal and even go as far as ripping off the covers, pulling my hair, opening the curtains etc)
Are you an early riser? What are your tips to waking early?
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