I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before how I am not a morning person. I tend to do the whole night owl thing. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember.
Well, things are a changing. Or at least I’m trying.
Since the kids and I have moved down to Alabama, we have all been super lazy. We don’t have school to get up for, we don’t have any activities to go to, no appointments, no nothing. And I am the least self-motivated person around. So yeah, we stay up late and sleep in and stay in PJs way too long. It’s been good. But it’s time to change.
It has been a dream of HJ’s that we would wake up together. That we would sit on the porch together and drink coffee (I don’t, he does) before the
chaos ensues kids get up. I even put this on my Omega List.
Well after listening to Michael Hyatt’s podcast on How to Become a Morning Person, it got me thinking. One of the first thing he says is that he doesn’t believe we are naturally morning people or night people. He believes we can be whatever we want. We get to choose.
Hmmm…. Maybe I could do this. Maybe I could become a morning person too. And so with that, I thought I’d give it a shot.
So, today is day 3. The third day I have woken up before the kids. The third day my alarm has rung and I didn’t turn it off and roll over. The third day I have showered. Before noon.
Today was the hardest since HJ was on call last night and so wasn’t here to
push me out of the bed lovingly encourage me to get up. But I did it. Pat on the back for me.
And honestly, it’s been really nice. Actually getting up and dressed before the kids. I think the kids are enjoying it too. No more Super Grumpy Mom. Now they just get Grumpy Mom. Hopefully soon they’ll just get Mom. And if they’re lucky, maybe one day they’ll wake up to Happy Mom. One can dream, right?
Here are a few tips in the podcast that I have been implementing to help this routine (their are 10 tips on the podcast, these are just the ones I have found to be critical for me):
1) Put the alarm across the room. Yeah, I’m not a fan, but it really does get you out of bed. Duh.
2) Turn ALL the lights ON. I’m not a fan of this either. I like to slowly wake up. It reminds me when I was growing up how my mom used to march into my room (uninvited I might add) and open my curtains. I hated that so much. She thought it was hilarious.
3) Make the bed right away. This is a very critical step for me. You see, I love to sneak back into bed after I take my shower (if it’s before noon). Warm in my robe with my hair twisted into a towel, I crawl back into my cozy bed. I swear I hear it calling my name…that’s the only reason I do it.
4) Go to bed early. The end.
Are you a morning person? What helps get you going in the morning?