The Early Bird Gets The Worm

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” – Benjamin Franklin.

My schedule lately has been CRAZY!!  When it comes to the Sales profession, busy is good, since it usually means more sales (in the long run), but it can also pose a challenge when the Salesperson is also a mother and a wife.  As the pace has increased and my days off have gotten fewer, I have struggled to keep a balance going between my work life, home duties, and fun with the family.  But in the last few weeks I have found a good rhythm and balance, by trying something new….Getting Up Early.  I can hear you groaning from here, but hear me out…..You may not want to get up at the crack of dawn, but awaking just a bit earlier could add a lot more calm and efficiency to your day.

time 008Getting Up Before The Family

I realized that I wasn’t going to be getting any more hours in my day, so I better just start using the hours I had a little bit better!  Staying up late wasn’t working well, even though I am more of a night person, because after a busy work day, dealing with kids, making and cleaning up dinner, I was ready to relax or go to bed.  I made the decision to start getting up early, and setting a new wake-up time….5:30.  That may sound horribly early to you, but my kids have always gotten up fairly early, so I was almost used to it.  I just needed to start waking up a little bit before the rest of my family.

Waking up before everyone else has some distinct advantages:

(1)  You can actually THINK!  No one is up making noise and the house is nice and quiet.  You have a moment to make yourself some coffee and then, as the caffeine sets in, you can start planning out your day.  Better to meet the day before the day meets you!

(2) You can get a whole lot more done!  My schedule had gotten so crazy that I was needing to finish projects for work the day they were due!!  When I got up even just 30 minutes early, I was able to grab my coffee, work on a project, get my Morning routine done, and get me and kids out the door.  Sometimes, to my utter disbelief, I was even able to do extra tasks because my Morning routine was done so quickly.   Experts say whether you are a morning person or not, you are actually twice as efficient 1st thing in the morning than during other parts of the day.  Try this for yourself and see how much you can get done.

(3) I can start my day with a better attitude.  There is nothing worse than waking up late, and finding that you are already running behind.  When I wake before everyone else, I can sit down and pray, read my bible, figure out what needs to be done.  Having time to actually focus prepares me for my family, so I can assist them in getting out the door too.  When I wake up late, we are all trying to rush (or I’m trying to rush while the kids are not listening, and then I’m screaming, and we are late for school…..you know the drill).  When I awake early, I set the pace for myself, and the family.  I feel in charge of my to-do list.  And that is a great feeling.

coffee 002My Morning Routine

First rule of getting up early:  Don’t hit the snooze button!!  I get right out of bed and head to the kitchen.  I get my Keurig started for morning cup of coffee, and I fill my sink with sudsy water while the coffee is brewing.  The sink is then ready for the breakfast dishes that will be coming later.  I then grab my coffee, and head to the dining room table where I do a short bible study and prayer time for about a 1/2 hour.  If I have a work project that needs to be completed, I just make my devotional time a little shorter, and then start on my project.  By 6 my kids are usually getting out of bed and grabbing their breakfast.  I grab mine as well, and then we dump our dishes to soak in the sink.  I try to finish up my work stuff by 6:30 or 7 (and I can usually do that because I can get twice as much done in the morning…yay!).  By this time my husband is usually out of bed, so I can go ahead and make my bed.  I grab my work clothes and head to the shower and spend 10 min in there max.  After I’m out and dressed, I head back to the kitchen to rinse off the dishes that have been soaking and wipe of the table.  My kids collect all the dirty laundry for me and we start our next load or put away from the clothes from the dryer.  With that, my Morning Routine is done!!  I head back to the bathroom, blow dry my hair and put on makeup.  All that’s left is packing my stuff up and heading out the door to wherever we need to go.  So much less stressful.

How Can You Start Getting Up Early?

You can either go cold turkey by picking a new wake time and then just jumping out of bed, or you can start working your way backwards by setting the alarm clock to go off just 15-20 min. earlier, and then adjusting every several days until you are setting it for your new wake-up time.  Either way, you may find that you need to start going to bed at night a teeny bit earlier too; you don’t want to burn your candle at both ends!  But start getting up early 1st, and then hopefully you’ll feel more tired at night, and just go to bed a little sooner.

Also, prepare the night before by finishing your dinner clean-up and setting out your clothes.  Your morning will go so much smoother with your kitchen clean and your clothes ready to go.  Have your kids pick theirs out too.  Good routines are a blessing for everyone.

Are you ready to start getting more out of your days?  Try getting up a little earlier with me.  You won’t believe how much you can get done!  But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!

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