Early to Rise

Posted by Marko on February 13, 2018 in Off Topic |

you go about your days? Lately I’ve been complaining to my husband that I don’t have enough time to write, work, care for our children and exercise. Although the idea has been tugging at the back of my mind for awhile now, I’ve been resisting getting up an hour earlier to make more time for myself.

Why have I been resisting waking up earlier?

I LOVE to sleep. Snuggling up under the covers after I’ve started to regain consciousness in the early morning is one of my absolute favorite indulgences. I’ll wait until my husband has gotten out of the shower and my toddler is screaming for me before I even think about dragging myself to the shower.

Not anymore.

Tomorrow morning I’m going to give early waking a try. OK, not just tomorrow morning, but every morning for at least a couple of weeks. If hate every moment of it and feel horrible all day, I’ll revisit the idea, but if not — I will have scored a whole, uninterrupted hour each morning to devote to writing.

Waking earlier will free up more of my evenings to do things I enjoy like take longer walks or bike rides guilt-free. Or read a book, or do yoga, etc. You get the picture. By the time the evening rolls around, there are numerous options clamoring for my attention.

But if I can devote the first hour of each day to writing, the rest of my day and evening will be much more enjoyable. Writing is important to me, and making time for it most days of the week is a top priority. This should help me accomplish that goal.

In an effort to convince myself that waking up an hour earlier is a good idea, I’ve compiled the following list of three reasons for starting your day before the rest of your household is awake. It doesn’t matter if you’re contemplating waking up earlier to exercise, write, sip coffee and look out the window, or read the newspaper. The reasons for waking earlier will be the same.

First, you’ll get more accomplished if their aren’t any distractions. If no kids, phone calls, emails, or other daily distractions are available for you to tend to, you won’t. One hour of complete focus will likely produce results equivalent to three or four hours of distracted focus.

Second, the rest of your day should feel less stressful knowing that you got your top priority for the day completed before most people are even out of bed. There are many unexpected things that can crop up throughout the course of the day. While something unexpected could happen early in the morning — it’s much less likely. Why not mostly eliminate the possibility of some emergency popping up and stealing the time you’ve set aside for yourself?

Third, you can accomplish large things if you work consistently on small pieces of a bigger goal each day. For example, I’m in the midst of writing an e-book and the process can be overwhelming. There is a large time commitment to completing the project, and breaking it into smaller daily chunks will help me to accomplish my goal without killing myself. The same is true of your larger goals.

Do you have a goal you’ve been hoping to work towards, but can’t seem to find the time? Would you consider waking an hour earlier to achieve your dreams?


  • Rachel says:

    Love love love early mornings. I’ve never been into sleeping in late and I spent over a decade as a rower getting up at the crack of dawn. Now that we have a child early mornings have been my “me” time.
    That said, they’ve been beat out of me the last few months. Way too many late nights, jet lag and now my son is on an early riser sleep sched too. Maybe I need to start getting up at 5am…
    Good luck with your new schedule!

    • Marko says:

      I know what you mean about having “me” time before your child wakes up.

      For the past two years, I’ve been waking up WITH my kids instead of before them. I always count on my “me” time after they go to bed at night, but I’m finding that I need a little more than two or three hours in the evening to do everything I want to do (write, exercise, read, etc.).

      Hopefully your son will start sleeping a little later once he’s fully adjusted to the new environment (and time difference?). That has to be a huge adjustment for you both!

  • Anne says:

    I love waking up early so I can have time alone. It’s incredible how peaceful the neighborhood is before the sun rises. Enjoy the calm.

  • Chelle says:

    I am simply not and will NEVER be a morning person! Because I have arthritis and fibromyalgia, I just can’t do the early morning rising.

    Because my kids are getting older, I have discovered that I am now able to adjust my sleeping time to between 12:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and then have about two hours at night to do anything I want without distractions. This only works, of course, if you can adjust your morning so that you still get 8 hours of sleep.

    Unfortunately, my husband is an early riser and he is usually in bed by 10:30 and up by 6:00, so that’s not ideal, but it still gives him early mornings to himself (since he works from home) and me the night time hours for myself. With three teenagers still living at home, finding those precious hours to yourself is TOUGH!

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