I am not a morning person whatsoever. Sleep is high on my priority list and I get upset if I miss out on even ten minutes of it. Needless to say, waking up in the morning for work was a problem. I have to be to work by 8 and I was getting up at 7:30. Ten minutes to make myself look presentable, five minutes to change and feed the dog, five minutes to get breakfast and lunch ready, thirteen minutes to get to work. I’m pretty good at math so let me tell you that my little schedule was not getting me to work by 8, more like 8:03 which became 8:05 and eventually 8:07. By the time I got to work crises had already ensued and people were asking for answers. It was stressful.
For two weeks, I had to be on a job site by 7:30 so I was getting up around 6. This happened to be the best thing that ever happened to me. It made me get out of bed earlier, which my body hated at first but soon it became the norm. After these two weeks ended, I thought to myself, “why stop now?” So I continued to get up at 6 and by now I am getting to work before 7. This has been great. Practically no one is there. I get to eat my breakfast in peace and get little things done that get pushed to the side when things get busy. It also gives me a chance to get ahead of what’s going on before people come in and start asking questions and needing things.
I highly suggest that you get a morning routine going, for your sanity. I’ve heard some people say that they get up five minutes earlier and clean one thing in the house. This way, you feel that you’ve accomplished something before the day even starts. Or sit with your dog for ten minutes while you drink your coffee. Just something that starts every day off calmly. I promise that it will do a world of difference. I feel so much better that I get up an hour earlier. It means that I can reward myself later in the day by doing something that I really wanted to do, but maybe thought I didn’t have time for. Well I got up an hour earlier, so now I can enjoy an hour to myself to go to the gym or watch some TV. Use the time to gather your thoughts and start the day off on the right (not left) foot.
Get up an hour earlier one day this week and see what a difference it can make!