A little over a month ago I decided to try something I never thought I would EVER do! I decided to become a morning person. This is something that has been attempted many times in my life but I never made it longer then two weeks, aside from high school when my first class was 7:00 AM which I say is BRUTAL to do to a poor teenager!
It was an afternoon in 2009, I was sitting in my psychoanalysts office facing the wall, laying on a couch. She asked if I had thought about waking up early. Without a second thought I blurt out, “No I could never! My best hour of the day is 8:00 am. I feel awake, alive and that’s when my body is ready to go! I will never be a morning person!” The word “never” should have been my first clue.
Fast forward to last month, October 2013. I started listening to Michael Hyatt’s podcast. It’s informative, engaging and I love learning from him. The episode I happened to listen to that day was “Reengineering Your Morning Routine” Episode #28 . He made mornings sound so glamorous, beautiful and peaceful. I was ready to start the next day! My hubby jumped on board with me right away (he had been asking me to become a morning person for years). Well, unfortunately, that night our three year old fell out of bed and broke her collar bone (happy to say that she is 100% better today). Not one to give up very easily I said “okay, I guess we start tomorrow.”
The first morning I woke up at 5am I was groggy but excited. I couldn’t wait to get started on my morning routine. I took Michael Hyatt’s advice and started with quiet time, reading my Bible. I also read a self help book, prayed, wrote in my journal. I did all this within the first hour. The second hour I felt ready to workout. By 7am I was in the shower, and at 8am I was ready for the typical morning madness that comes from homeschooling kids, pets, husband and the demanding “to-dos” of the day. It was awesome to be awake and ready for the morning madness. I was usually waking up in the middle of it all which never started my day off right, yet my desire to stay up late and sleep in blinded me from the benefits of early morning hours.
By lunch time I had everything on my list done and was able to focus on business things. Dinner came and went and by the time 9pm came I was tired and ready for bed. I looked back over my day and was amazed at how well things went, how successful I was with my to-dos and how much happier the family was. This was really a great idea! I decided then and there that no matter what I was a morning person.
My body required some adjusting. It took me a good 3-4 days to get over the morning “grogginess”. It took me about a week to finally get the point that I HAD to go to bed early to wake up feeling good. 9-10 became my typical bedtime. By week two, my body was saying hey I think I really like this! By thirty days, I had fully adjusted.
It’s been 33 days since the first day of getting up early and I am still going. It’s not a challenge anymore. It’s not a question. It’s simply who and where I am in life. One day during the challenge I felt as if I was getting a cold, so I went to bed early and slept till 8am. I woke up feeling well but I was so groggy! Funny, 8 used to be my BEST HOUR! Not anymore. 5am is my favorite hour! I enjoy an occasional 4am hour if I have some extra “to-dos” but my bedtime is earlier the night before.
Are you thinking about becoming a morning person? Here are some things that helped me with my transition.
Quiet time! Years ago when I attempted an early morning routine I tried working out first thing. Well, I am not sure about you but the idea of moving my butt first thing in the morning is just not motivating enough to get out of bed. Michael Hyatt suggests having quiet time first thing. So that’s what I do. I get out of bed, pop my headphones in, listen to my favorite app and chill for 10-15 mins. It’s not hard getting out of bed to sit on the couch and chill. By the time that is over my brain is awake enough to move to a book and my Bible. By the time that is all over I am ready for my workout.
Accountability! I did two things with accountability. First, I got hubby to get up with me. Getting up together is much easier and motivating. Second, I got my peeps on social media involved. I told them I was starting a 30 day challenge and I posted a picture every morning on Instagram to show I was doing it and how I was doing.
Early to Bed! I had to finally make peace with 9:00pm. I always hated the thought of going to bed that early. I thought there was way more day left and I had more to do. The fact is I would be so drained by that hour that I had no more left to give. I would just sit and zone out on TV, social media or the net. I am WAY more productive in the mornings and feel inspired too!
So, in conclusion, I am now a morning person. I am so happy about it. It’s changing my life. Hubby and I are enjoying every bit of it. We are so productive we are about to launch a new business next week! Stay tuned, I’ll tell you about it in my next post! So what are you waiting for? Don’t let those excuses get in the way, don’t let your brain tell you that you’re a night owl. Owls do not get to see the beauty of daylight and all the glorious things it can bring. They live in the dark.
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Tell me if you are a morning person or if you decide to be one! I want to know! Also hashtag #amsuccesschallenge if you do! See you in the morning!