The Early Bird Gets the….Coffee?

Hi there! For the month of March, I decided to challenge myself to wake up before 7:00am everyday (yes, even on the weekends). I know for some of you that seems like no big deal (I mean, babies and children amirite?). But for me it will be pretty difficult. I tend to wake up around 8:00am on most days, and I probably go to sleep somewhere between 11:00pm and midnight. But I really want to try on being an early bird for a little while. I think I would actually like it a lot. Still, I’ve never tried to make a habit out of waking up early.

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There were several things that influenced my self-challenge this month. When I force myself to wake up early, I’m much more likely to get up and get going more quickly. There’s something about being up early that triggers my brain to get a move on. When I sleep in, I am very slow to get going. There are days when I wake up at 9:00am and don’t manage to actually get out of bed until 10:00am (I can manage that because I’m a grad student – yay for me!) But with the slow morning also comes the tendency to go to bed later….and you know what that means: Later bed time, later wake up time, later bed time, and so on.

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Also, I find that I am more productive when I wake up early. Maybe it’s because I’m quick to get up and get ready, but when I am up at an early hour I start doing productive things earlier and sustain that enhanced productivity throughout the day.

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Finally, I tend to be in a better mood when wake up earlier. There’s something about the morning sunlight that makes me happy. I’m sure there’s some kind of scientific reason for that, right?

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So it’s time to try waking up early on for size. I want to see if I can make it a habit so that I can sustain it after the month is over. Here are the rules: I need to wake up and physically get out of bed before 7:00am, everyday, until April 1. Shouldn’t be that hard, right??

March 1st:

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Okay so my first lesson of the month is that getting up early is completely unsustainable when you go to bed late. Seems pretty intuitive. Lesson learned. I suppose a sub-challenge in this challenge will be to force myself to go to bed earlier. That won’t always be easy, but I’ll have to do it to prevent myself from becoming a sleep-deprived psychopath.

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For the past few days I have been on a trip with my family. We’ve been staying in a hotel, staying up too late, and having long days. The trip itself is so much fun, but waking up at 6:30am, hours before everyone else, is pretty awful. Although I will say that I have gotten in some very restorative “me time” in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping, so that’s a plus. But still, the late bedtimes plus the poor sleep that comes from being in a hotel room has made for a pretty difficult morning today.

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But on I go! I’m 8 days into the challenge and so far I’m pretty happy with it. Will my observations that inspired the challenge sustain for the whole month? Will I be more animated, happy, and productive after waking up early for a month? We will have to wait and see!

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One thought on “The Early Bird Gets the….Coffee?

  1. Melissann says:

    Good luck! It’s hard to do when you aren’t absolutely forced to do it by a work schedule or screaming child. But there is something special about the morning, if you’re not too tired to appreciate it. I suggest melatonin an hour before bed until you get used to going to bed at 10 or whenever is best for you (9 is late for me these days).

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