Recently, a colleague and friend of mine, Rachel Rambach with Listen & Learn Music, posted about “The Miracle Morning.” I was intrigued, since I’ve noticed that “me time” and “to-be list time” kept disappearing. The book went up on my reading list, but to honest, I’ll probably never get to it unless I listen to it on audio book.
The thought of earlier mornings drifted into the abyss and I didn’t think about it again until last week when a friend was over and he had to leave early so he could get up at 4:00am to study (he’s in medical school with my hubs).
4:00am? By choice? For reallies??
That sounded horrible.
His logic was sound though. He said that he was so exhausted at the end of the day that he couldn’t focus, or stay awake, to get any studying done. Third-year medical students work in clinics for 8-12 hours a day and then still have to find time to study for their exams. It was stressing him out, so he decided to try a different tactic.
He would wake up early enough to get in an hour or two of studying, when we was rested and able to focus (with a big cup of coffee, I’m sure), before heading off to the clinic. When he came home, he could just relax and head to bed.
This really resonated with me. For the last couple of months, since Pookie’s night sleeping became pretty consistent, I’ve been waking up at 5:00am as often as possible so I could workout, meditate, and get ready for the day before she woke up and needed my full attention.
Some weeks where more successful than others…
But after waking up at 5:00am and a long day of teaching, I would sit down at 7:30pm after putting Pookie to sleep, and just wanted to watch some Netflix and hit the sack. I was just too tired and unmotivated to get much done.
So, I thought to myself, “4:00am really isn’t that much earlier than 5:00am – right? That doesn’t sound too bad.”
I decided to give it a try this week. I started on Monday and have been pretty dedicated, to my own amazement. I’m on day four and I have to say, it’s growing on me.
Day one and two were the hardest so far. I had a hard time falling asleep early, but waking up wasn’t actually the problem. It was 8:30am, when I felt like I already needed a nap.
On Tuesday this week, I was home with Pookie in the morning, so when she took her morning nap, I joined in. I still took my afternoon nap around 1:00pm. Again, when Pookie napped. I wasn’t sure if this was going to be sustainable, especially since most days I’m teaching from 10-4, and only have an hour break for lunch and napping.
However, I did feel like I got an amazing amount of stuff done before Pookie woke up. I felt successful already at 6:00am. It was awesome!
Wednesday, I let myself sleep until 4:30, and I’m either adjusting, or that extra 30 minutes made the whole day easier. I still got a bunch of things accomplished, but I didn’t feel the need to nap until the afternoon. Win! (I told you I was dedicated to napping – it’s how I survive.)
So today is day four, Thursday. I’ll check in once in awhile and let you know how this is working out. As of right now, I feel like it may be the key to me getting a lot more of my “to-be’s” done each day.
Wish me luck!!