I hate mornings. Despise them. I think they are the most disgusting things on earth and I am a nurse and have seen a lot! But, I am trying to change my habits. Research shows that it takes about 21 days for a task to become habit, so I started a 21 day experiment of getting up early. Like, way early.
Before Nugget was born, I was a night owl. I could stay up into the wee hours and then sleep until the late afternoon. I knew when I got pregnant that I would have to adjust my sleeping patterns. And I did. And I was grumpy as can be. As Nugget got older and she began sleeping through the night, I fell back into my old patterns and stayed up late and slept until the very last minute possible in the morning. I very proudly can get ready to go to work in 30 minutes or less! It’s all about the prep work. Read all about my seven tasks I do the night before for a smoother morning here.
Several months ago, I read an article that study successful CEO’s and their daily habits. One of the common themes? They all rose early. They started their day with quality self-time before turning to their business. This intrigued me but I would have to give up sleep and I was not ready to commit. It stayed with me though. In the back of my mind, quietly nudging me. Then, I read an article very similar about the CEO of Yahoo, Zulily and other successful companies and their morning routines. Guess what? They all got up early for dedicated “me” time. I took the hint.
So, I started out on my 21-day journey hoping to make this early rising a habit and not a daily struggle. I laid out some ground rules for myself. First, bedtime needs to be no later than 10:00pm in order to get about 7 hours of sleep. Second, I would give myself Sunday to sleep in. We are already rising fairly early for church so I thought this would give me a slight reprieve but not undo all my hard work from the week prior.
Day 1: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – 5:30 alarm. I definitely am rethinking this idea but remind myself that I have goals and I always win! Once I am up and moving, coffee going, I am actually productive.
Day 2: 5:30 alarm. “I cannot quit on the second day!” I get up and move promptly to the couch. I stay awake but am not productive.
Day 3: 5:30 alarm. Nugget was up at 4:30; I fully blame her for hitting the snooze button until 6:15! Day 3 was a fail.
Day 4 and 5: Rethinking weekend routine. Slept in both days. Failing miserably at this.
Day 6: 5:00 alarm, slept until 6. I cannot win. Period.
Day 7: 3:30 weather alarm, so much for 5:00. Up at 6:00. Maybe 6:00 should be my goal?
Day 8: gave myself a pep talk last night. I’m going to get up early if it kills me. Cat throwing up at 4:56. Up!
Day 9: Nugget up at 2:00 am. I fully prepared to blame my child for this failure. Up at 6:00.
Day 10- 21: 6:00 has been my new number lately. I know that is not super early, but I seem to be able to maintain that, and still have some time before Nugget is up.
So, did it work? If I was going strictly by my goal of waking up consistently at 5:00 am, then no, I failed big time. But, what I did realize about myself that 6:00 am is a good time for me and I don’t need a lot of time in the morning to achieve what I need to before the rest of my family gets going. I plan on working toward 5:00 or 5:30 still so I can add in a workout at some point but I am happy where I am.
What about you super moms? I know you are out there, rising at 4:0 am and earlier to get the day going. How do you do it and not feel dead to the world by 1: pm?