This week, I started something new. Up until this week, I had been waking up whenever Piper would wake up in the mornings. This week, I decided to set my alarm for 6 a.m., to give myself a little time to myself before she wakes up for the day.
Piper has been getting up anytime between 5:00 - 6:00 a.m. for a bottle every morning but, since it's still dark out, she seems to want to go back to sleep for an hour or so. Some mornings she sleeps right through until about 7 a.m. Then you have the occasional sleep until 8 a.m., which is wonderful! However, that usually comes after a long night.
Either way, waking up by my alarm around 6 a.m. (or not going to sleep after getting up before that for Piper's morning bottle) has been helping me get my mind on my goals, first thing. I have time to think about my goals and time to plan out the day, or as much as you can with a toddler.
Day one of waking up early was hard. Piper woke up around 5:40 a.m. on Monday, crying for a bottle. Once I was done feeding her, she said "ni night" which meant she wanted to keep sleeping, so I put her in her crib and closed the door. I looked at the time on my FitBit and my silent alarm was about to go off in about 5 minutes. Even though I wanted to go back to sleep, I stayed up. I fix myself a cup of coffee, took a shower and started getting some work done for my business. I felt a little bit like a zombie that morning, and the thought of me going back to sleep entered my mind about 12 times before the coffee kicked in. I ended up getting a lot done, and was in a great mind frame for my goals before Piper finally woke up around 7 a.m.
Day two of waking up early was easier. I woke up on my own at 5:50 a.m. and decided to stay up because I saw on the monitor that Piper was rolling around a bit. I went downstairs and fixed her a bottle. I gave it to her before she started crying and again, she told me "ni night" because she wanted to go back to sleep afterward. I went downstairs, grabbed a cup of coffee and had another production morning before our morning even started together.
I already noticed an energy change on day two, and it's been great to have that time to myself to get "my house" in order. And, when I say "my house", I mean my head, of course. Sometimes I do get the actual house in order, as well. I do like to start the day with a sink free of dishes and a dishwasher empty, ready to take on the dishes of the day!
Some days, I'm sure the temptation to keep sleeping in along with Piper may come over me, but I'm going to try and save that for the weekends or the days when I really don't have much work to do.
Readers, when do you wake up in the morning? When do you carve out some time just for yourself? Do you do it daily?