Why I’m forcing myself to become an early riser

I have never been a morning person. I’ve always felt like I should be getting up earlier but have never been able to achieve it. The result of this conflict is that I usually set my weekday alarm clock on my iPhone for 6am and then snooze until at least 7am. Sometimes 7.20 if its my partners turn to get the girls up. So snoozing every 9 minutes for an hour and 20 minutes. Crazy right?

In a bid to claw-back some time for myself to do things that I never have the energy to do by the end of the day, such as blogging – which I’ve been seriously bad at since starting this blog; progress with my novel – which still stands at around 6,000 words; exercise (I don’t even want to think about what I weigh) and practice meditation (I’m a recent convert and loving it) I’ve been trying out some of the tips on rising early in Leo Babauta’s brilliant blog Zen Habits.

So I’m currently on day four of waking up at 6am, which has been hard. Especially considering it has included New Years Day (gosh I remember the days I’d only be rolling in at 6am on New Years Day, not waking up!). I’ve had to leave my phone on the other side of the room and really battle with myself and resist the urge to crawl back into bed once I’ve scrambled across the room to turn it off. But oh has it been worth the effort. The amount I’ve done in these four days has been amazing. I’ve meditated every morning, written two blog posts, 500 words of my novel and done a new finance plan so that I can better manage my money in 2016. The only thing I haven’t done yet is exercise but I’m about to go for a run so that’ll be taken care of too.

By the time the girls and my partner wake up I already feel like I’ve achieved something and this puts me in a positive mood to tackle the rest of the day, free from the nagging thoughts of things I should have done or should be doing. This means that I can spend more quality time with my partner and the girls. If you’re struggling with time to do the things you want to do, I’d recommend trying getting up earlier too.

The next hurdle is pushing it back to 5.30am, as once I’m back at work I’ll need at least half hour to get myself showered and dressed before the girls wake at 7am, and I want a whole uninterrupted, blissful and peaceful hour to myself. I won’t even attempt this for about three weeks though. I’ve read it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so I’ve got to nail 6am first. I’ll let you know how I am getting on in a few weeks time.

Image ‘Sunrise Over Cape Yamu Phuket Thailand Panorama’ by Kim Seng

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