There was a time not long ago when my morning looked a little something like this…
Crying—it’s my human alarm clock and it’s time to get out of bed NOW.
That crying wakes up at least one more kid, but most likely everyone is awake as I stumble to the bathroom to put in my contacts (my only “getting ready” I do for the day…). From the moment I get out of bed, it’s a constant struggle to survive the day. Goal: To make it all the way to bedtime without too many tears, tantrums or traumas.
At least I am goal-oriented.
I absolutely refused to accept this as just the way things are when you become a mom. Of course being a mom brought so many challenges, especially early on when my boys were very young and I was still trying to figure things out. But this mom life is also full of opportunities to learn, grow, and discover the woman God intended me to be. As fed up as I was, I also felt overwhelmed and stuck, not knowing how to get out of the rut of “wake up, survive, sleep, and repeat.”
It took me a while, but I finally figured out the key to getting ahead in my home and life—waking up early! I know this isn’t for everyone, but for me this was a HUGE breakthrough and helped in setting my attitude for the WHOLE DAY! My kids usually get up with the sun, so I set my alarm sometime before then so I have time to myself. Most days I get up 1.5 hours before my family, but other times just 30 minutes earlier is helpful!
This is what I do on a typical day:
- Wake up and drink water.
- Spend about 15-20 minutes waking up gently with just God. (This is my most important priority in LIFE so I try my best to do this first, before anything else.)
- Pop in a workout DVD and exercise for 30 minutes. (Caring for my health is my second priority… notice a pattern?)
- Plan my day and work on chores, breakfast, lunches, etc. (Taking care of my family…priority #3!)
I do these things MOST mornings. That’s what habits are—things you do most of the time. There are times when my kids wake up extra early, I’m exhausted from a long night in the ER, or we’re jet-lagged after traveling—I know that I have to be flexible when dealing with the unexpected. But every couple of months or so when I start to get that overwhelmed feeling again—99% of the time it’s because I’m waking up too late, and finally getting too close to that super familiar scenario I shared above.
Want to get extra time and a head start on your day?
My advice—wake up early!