During Stephen's school year, I wake by 6 or 6:30 to start my work (he leaves for the day shortly after my eyes open to get his grading done, etc.). During the summer we have let this schedule slip. Big time. It's been great to wake up late (meaning still before 8, but that's so late!), but in the not too distant past, I used to be an enthusiastic early morning person. Now that the night owl in me has taken over, I
rather enjoy have become attached to my late-night reading.
However, I often complain about time. About a lot of things, really. Example? That we can't eat dinner together as a family because that's my time to run. With my days shifted later, there's absolutely no way I can see myself doing physical activity before the sun comes up. I sometimes use the jogging stroller, but with some serious half marathon action on the horizon, it just doesn't work the same way.
Complaining and a general focus on the negative is something I'd like to purge from my life. At least the majority of it that I have some control over.
Wake time? Yeah. That's up to me.
I've hesitantly come to the conclusion that I need to get up earlier in the day. It's going to be uncomfortable and annoying for the first few weeks, but I'm going to start waking up between 5 and 5:30. I want to see if the shift helps us get into a better groove. If it helps us find more family time when things inevitably get busier and more hectic.
So much of the rest of my life is responsibility (work, being a mom, household duties, etc.). Though I've sometimes seen it as my right, having time to run is a privilege. And perhaps getting up early will help me find less excuses throughout the busy day to skip workouts. I mean, even when I'm having the absolute worst day, a run gives me a huge mental and physical release. That's good for everyone involved.
Start work by 6 to 6:30.
In my own office space.
Looks pretty great. Lots of me-time at the start of the day, leaving me free to give to my family fully and without frustration. Still, it's just funny how a "solution" can seem so incredibly genius and I'm absolutely dreading the change. I tried today to wake up early and it didn't work at all. I guess going to bed near midnight is partially to blame.
Tonight the lights go out at 10. I really
Do you wake up early to fit more into your days? Does it come naturally to you? Or, if you're like me, how did you make this schedule work and quit kicking and screaming from your bed each morning? I'd love some positive experiences to use as motivation!
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