Mornings are the worst. Especially after a hard night with the kids. But after 32 years as a night-owl, I figured out this simple way to trick myself into becoming a morning person!
It’s 4am, the baby was awake for 2 hours in the middle of the night, and I’m wide awake. I sit here at my computer typing away happily, knowing that this day will be productive and energetic!
Just a few months ago, the idea of getting up before 8am was repulsive to me. In fact, given my own way, I would be up until 2am and not wake up for the day until sometime around 10am!
But having a baby changes things. Suddenly I found myself dragging myself out of bed every day, barely keeping my eyes open, and having to summon the energy to play with the baby. It was a pretty crappy existence!
And forget about having the energy to keep up with my businesses…
Finally, I decided something needed to change.
How I Tricked Myself into Becoming a Morning Person
Now, after 32 years as a serious night owl I had given up on ever “enjoying” getting up early. But I knew I needed to find a way to up my energy level and become more productive during the day.
This simple method starting working so well for me that my husband is doing it now too!
I saw “simple” because while the trick is simple, it’s not easy in the beginning.
I get up at WHATEVER TIME I wake up and am wide awake
That’s seriously it. But you may be wondering what in the heck I’m talking about!
Do you ever wake up at 4am and feel wide awake? Get up!
That’s what I’m talking about! As soon as I wake up and am wide awake, I get up for the day.
At first I thought it was a fluke. That my body was going to crash at any moment. But after months of functioning in this way, the only side effects are massive amounts of energy and crazy amounts of stuff getting done each day!
Before this method
Before I started waking up as soon as I was wide awake, I would let the baby wake me up in the morning. Which meant I was having to wake up and immediately be “on duty”.
It was causing me to be super burned out and exhausted.
Now, I have at least 2 hours every morning of quite time to do a bible study, cook breakfast, and get a jump start (or even complete) my business activities for the day!
Questions about this method
You may have a few questions, so let me answer a few common questions I get.
Q: What time do you go to bed?
A: I’m usually in bed by midnight, but as early as 10pm some nights. It depends on how much I’m trying to get done after the baby goes to sleep around 8pm.
Q: What if I wake up at 3:30am and am wide awake, but don’t have to be up until 7am?
A: Get up anyway! Even if I’ve gone to bed at midnight, if I wake up wide awake at 3:30am I get up. I have never regretted it once. I still have plenty of energy all day long and am able to have even more quiet time because I got up a little earlier!
Q: What if I don’t wake up wide awake?
A: Then don’t get up. Simple. If you wake up and are very groggy and can go back to sleep in less than 1 minute, the do so. Getting up when you are not wide awake will do you no good!
Have more questions? Let me know in the comments!