We’ve just past the winter equinox here in the Southern hemisphere, so the days are short and the mornings chilly. My alarm goes off at 6:30am every morning, and every morning I manage to linger in bed catching up on social media for another half hour.
I’m not not a morning person, I just take a little while to get into the swing of things – by the time I get to work I’m about as chirpy as I’m going to get for the day, and the first few hours of the day is actually when I’m at my most productive. I’ve tried many times in the past to push my rising time earlier, and managed quite well last year when I had a much longer commute and an earlier start. But when I’m toasty warm in bed and it’s still dark outside, it’s just so hard to get up! But I’m determined to do this, even if I only gain another hour in the morning – who’s with me?
Here’s my plan, some of which has been given to me as advice and some which is specific to my schedule and needs:
- Devices down (and out of the bedroom) at 10pm, then read in bed until ready to sleep.
- Set my alarm 15 minutes earlier for the next week – solving the sharing a bathroom issue by getting up a bit earlier than The Boy.
- Leave my phone (which is my alarm) far enough away that I have to get out of bed to turn off – and don’t get back into bed.
- Start the day with a glass of water and some pilates exercises that I promised my physio I would do, and have been incredibly slack with.
- Spend any extra time before breakfast sketching, writing or taking photos and having a nice cup of tea.
- Don’t check any social media or email until breakfast time.
Now that I’ve put it out there, I’ll have to report back and let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!
Photo: sunrise from my window. I suppose that’s worth getting up for.