An Early Start

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I can’t believe I’m about to admit this:  I’m a morning person. It’s not so much that I enjoy the waking up early part, but I do feel good about the getting a head start on my day part.

I’ve learned something about myself over the last few years:  A nice, leisurely start to the morning does not work for me. If I get up with my kids then most likely I will not get a shower.  If I don’t get a shower, then I am much more likely to frump and grump throughout my day.  It’s a vicious cycle that tends to spiral my day out of control before it even starts!

If I can pull myself out of the the warm cocoon I call a bed by 6:00 a.m. then I am much more likely to get my day started on a productive note.  I can

  • Take a shower.
  • Read through a devotion and have some quiet prayer time.
  • Start a load of laundry.
  • Make breakfast.

Just doing those few things before the kids wake up make my whole day more positive.  I can greet them at 7:00 with a smile on my face and care for them without worrying about all the things that went undone.

An early start works for me!  Visit Rocks in my Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday.

Surely I’m not the only early bird.  Who else is up with me at 6:00?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Comments

  1. I am with you there! I love being able to “get ready” (if you can call it that) without little girls requesting breakfast or playing with my makeup.

  2. Me too! Me too! I get up at 5-5:30 every day and LOVE it! I call it my Peace Time!

  3. I am! I am! However, I am a little bit worse than you. I need 2 hours before everyone gets up but that’s because I have a workout in there too. So, at 5 a.m. I am checking out emails and blogs. That way when I am on the treadmill, I can brainstorm about posts. That’s tru muli-tasking!

  4. I’m with you…I don’t have any children to get up and care for, but I totally agree that an early start around HERE makes for a better, more stress-free day!

    Hope the rest of your week is wonderful!

  5. I couldn’t agree more. Like Susie, I often try to get my workouts in bright and early but even when I don’t I am always up before the alarm, the kids and husband – even if it is just to shower, drink coffee and read the newspaper in peace!

  6. I am so not a morning person. When I don’t have to wake up I will sleep until 8:30 or so. And lucky for me my kids are sleepers too. Although, that is going to make the mornings a little more difficult in the fall when Big Brother starts kindergarten.

  7. I would love to get my “morning person” back up and running again! However, being married to a night owl for 13 years has made it a bit of a challenge to do! So I get up at 7am along with the kids and get hubby out the door, breakfast for the kids and then some time around 10:30 think about getting myself ready for the day.

    Saying all that out loud…oh I think I need to get hubby to start setting the second alarm on the alarm clock for me! 🙂 Maybe I can get my “morning person” back on track! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. I totally agree that waking up earlier than everyone else helps me get going. 😀

  9. Yep, dh wakes at 5:45 to walk the dog before heading to school and he wakes my up at 6. I have to get up and dressed completely before heading downstairs, or it will be hours before I head back up to do it.

  10. I am not a morning person, but you are so right. The days I get up before my kids, get showered, & completely dressed are the days that run the smoothest!

  11. I love mornings! Because I work outside the home and have to be to work by 7:30, I am up at 5am to make time for shower and devo and breakfast before kiddo wakes up. I wouldn’t have it any other way though, I feel so much more “together” during my day.

  12. I wish I could. It would make SUCH a better morning. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Especially in the winter. It’s so hard to get out of that nice cozy bed.

  13. It’s the hardest thing to do but the best! My husband has to go to work at 4 am and I have gotten myself to be able to stay up when he leaves (unless I stayed up way to late-WITH HIM-and I find myself sneaking back into the bed). But when I do stay up, I have the best quiet times, my day does go smoother and and it is more productive.

  14. I was just thinking how I need to get started on this. my problem is that I dont get to bed till very late so that is another thing I have to work on, geez the work on list keeps getting longer and longer, hehe!

  15. I’m more of a night person, but when I force myself to get up earlier life is better! Time to read my Bible, get ready, and make breakfast can make you feel like you’ve got it together for the day….or hour! 🙂
    -Kim

  16. Count me in — If I don’t get up between 5 and 6, my life feels off and it’s hard to get back on track. It’s my favorite time to work out, too!

  17. Oh…I love mornings. I too, feel so much more productive with an early start. Unfortuantly I’m just a wanna be. I just can’t seem to actually get into the routine of waking up that early!

  18. I am not a morning person, at all! But my day goes so much smoother when I get an early start. School goes better, the kids learn more and everything feels better. Thanks for the very practical Tips.

  19. You morning people are MENTAL!! ” )

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