Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Early bird gets the worm

I'm sure you’ve heard this old saying time and time again. Some of us thrive in the pre-dawn hour while others avoid it like a plague.  
I am a early-riser. Not always by choice, but I do get a hell of a lot more done.  I’m also a huge believer in starting the day, getting chores done, or crossing things off my to-do list while my teenage boys sleep (I haven’t quite convinced them about this yet).

As divine as sleep can be, think about everything you could accomplish even if you set your alarm clock ONE hour earlier.
365 days in a year. Wake up one hour earlier and add 365 hours (about 15 days) to your life each year.
What would you do with all that time?
  • Take time to relax, drink a cup of hot tea before starting your day?
  • Take your dog for a morning walk.
  • Do something for others (like make breakfast for your still-asleep family).
  • Leave a little early and avoid stress traffic.
  • Write a blog post. How about linking up with Les?
  • Watch Law and Order reruns (guilty for the past 5 years or so).
I know sleep is good, sleep is great, we need sleep to stay healthy. Blah, blah, blah..  I’m not at all suggesting you adopt unhealthy habits. But in my experience – the early bird may just get the worm.
So who’s with me in starting an early-riser revolution? Or maybe I’m just crazy…Probably the latter.
Come join Les at Time Out for Mom with a cup of coffee (or in my case, a cup of hot tea) in your hand and chat…
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20 pretty purplexing comments:

  1. I've wanted to do that to get in my run before work... but then hit the snooze button. Maybe when summer comes & its so hot, I'll try it again.

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  2. I always put the most important job at the top of my list in case I didn't get to all of my chores.

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  3. I haven't been getting enough sleep lately because of my meds, but I actually don't mind getting up at 5:30. I've been really productive, especially with my writing, and it's nice and quiet. Now if I wake up at 3:30 and can't back to sleep, that's another story!

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  4. I am not a morning person, after years of getting up early for work, I still naturally get up early. I take the time to drink coffee, write and read blogs, do the check book and bills, and just have quiet time alone before the boys get up. I don't do much chores though, so I don't wake them.

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  5. I love getting up early ... the world is so quiet and the new day is dawning ... everything seems so fresh. And it's nice to have a little time all to myself. But lately I've been having trouble falling asleep at night ... which means that I'm not getting up as early as I used to. :-(

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  6. I'm with you Tami! I love the early hours of the day.... and I too like to get my 'stuff' done at the beginning of the day so I have the rest of it to do what I want!

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  7. ... and I would love an extra hour of sleep each morning. I am up with the birds everyday.. the other day I slept in until 8am and it felt great. : ) I do love getting a head start on the day.

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  8. I agree with you on getting more done when you get up earlier but I'm not sure I could actually function if I got up an hour earlier each day. On the weekends on the other hand I enjoy the occasional quiet morning with a cup of coffee and some blog reading! :)

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  9. I love summer because the day last longer. I feel more refreshed and WANT to get up! In the winter I just want to snuggle under the blankets. :)

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  10. I couldn't go to sleep last night. I'm not sure why I was so wound up. When this happens I suffer the next day!

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  11. I need about 15 minutes in a hot shower before I begin to wake. Afterwards I am ready to begin my day! I wasn't so lucky with my boys sleeping in. They always woke at 5:30am. Ugh!

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  12. I tend to do my blog reading over the weekends too. Except when my son has an early morning hockey game.

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  13. I love the idea of a quiet cup of coffee in the morning. It's a great theory to try and get that extra early morning hour.
    Except my kids have never been on board with this. Every single time I have tried, they hear me moving about in the house and wake up. #fail! Which is ultimately just so frustrating. (funny that they never hear daddy leaving for work in the wee small hours.)

    I would do it, if I could be assured they would actually stay in bed! But I think since my youngest is only 3 years old, this may be a habit I adopt when they are all a bit older.

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  14. I've been seeing many articles pushing the benefits of a full night sleep blah blah blah. I'm not a morning person. Of course one way to get to the pre-dawn hours is to stay up all night which a night person can do. For many years now midnight is about me limit. Really the biggest factor is what is going on in your surroundings (also what you are drinking).

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  15. By drinking, I am assuming you do not mean diet pepsi?? ;-D

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  16. actually I don't - do diet anything. But if your drink booze vs. caffeine it will make a big difference.

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  17. I get up extra early so that I can have a consistent morning routine. I find it I need it to set up my day.

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  18. Once your kids are teens you can sleep in all you want! They don't open their eyes until lunchtime. LOL Something to look forward too!

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  19. Oh, I should probably join you in raising early. Right now I am off work and sleep really late, but I don't feel any more relaxed than when I get up early. So I might as well get up earlier, ha ha.

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  20. Sophie wakes me up too early and once I'm up forget it there is no going back to sleep and Sophie well she curls back up and is out cold! I'm usually in a fog for the first hour or so! Happy Sunday...just catching up on your blogs and more! xo

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