Do you ever feel like the day gets away from you even before you’re out of bed?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt that way, especially after having kids.
It felt like I was constantly playing defense from the moment I opened my eyes.
Most of the time I was asked 2-3 questions before I got out of bed or made it out of my bedroom door.
Constantly starting my day like this put me in a chaotic state of mind and left me feeling disheveled. It was as if I was continually, but unsuccessfully, trying to pick up the pieces.
The more I learned about having a morning routine and waking up before the kiddos, the more I realized that it was the root of most of my day to day issues.
“But I’m not a morning person…”
If I had a dollar for every time I said that to myself, I’d be one wealthy woman.
You may not think you’re a morning person, but you can train yourself to be one. It’s really not that hard and you will end up looking forward to waking up before the rest of your household.
As a mom, we’re constantly breaking up arguments and diffusing tantrums every single day. This means we get little to no peace and quiet. When you wake up before the rest of your house, you’re giving yourself a couple hours of complete peace while preparing yourself for the upcoming day. This lets you play offense instead of defense. Better equipping you to handle the day before it even arrives.
If you want to attack the day instead of the day attacking you, then you need 3 things.
- The 5 Second Rule
- A Normal Bedtime
‘Ded-i-ca-tion: (noun) the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose’
If you don’t see the purpose of waking up early and dedicating yourself to it, then even the 5-second rule won’t help you. It’s the same thing for any goal you set. If you can’t see the purpose or benefits of the goal, then how are you going to dedicate yourself to reaching it?
The first thing you need to do is list out your why. Why is waking up early beneficial to you? Will it give you time to help you reach your goal? Will it make your day less chaotic? Will it help you mentally? What is your why?
Write it down. List it out. Post it where you can see it. This will help remind you every day why waking up early is important to you.
For more help figuring out how to set goals and find your why, you can read my post ‘How the Achieve Method Will Actually Help You Reach Your Goal’
The 5 Second Rule
Now you’re probably asking yourself how in the world do I make myself a morning person when I’m clearly a night owl.
The answer is simple my friend. It’s called the 5 Second Rule. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s simple but highly effective. It was designed by Mel Robins and I strongly suggest you read her book, “****The 5 Second Rule*****” It will not only help turn yourself into a morning person but will help you in every area of your life and assist you in reaching any goal you set for yourself.
The 5 second rule is simple. When you need to do something you don’t want to do (wake up early, workout, don’t eat the junk food) you just count down from 5 and then without thinking, without pausing, without any hesitation you act. If you want to wake up early, then the moment your alarm goes off you throw the blanket off and you and start moving. If you’re trying to eat healthier, then you put the cake down and walk away. If you’re trying to work out, then the moment you get to one you start getting dressed and start working out. Whenever you have a moment of hesitation you just count down from 5 again and start moving.
This is the most effective way I’ve found to get myself out of bed in the morning.
A NORMAL BEDTIME
You can’t function on less sleep. That’s just not how this works. If you want to wake up early, then you need to make sure you’re going to bed at a decent time.
I know this can be hard for some of you but if you want to have dedicated time in the morning to tackle your day then you need to be going to bed at decent time.
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To achieve this, you will most likely have to use the 5 second rule and an alarm. Set an alarm at the time you want to start getting ready for bed and the moment it goes off count down from 5 and the moment you get to 1 get your butt up and start getting ready for bed. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of a task, stop what you’re doing and go to bed.
I know, you were probably thinking it would be some crazy magic or mind shift that actually made getting out of bed in the morning easy. Sorry to disappoint you but it’s not.
I’ve been waking up at 5am for the past 2 months now and I still have many days where I would much rather keep sleeping. Yes, I enjoy the peace and quiet and I look forward to the uninterrupted time I get to devote to my blog, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t love sleep.
So, I know you’re all looking for the easy button, but I’m sorry to tell you it just doesn’t exist.
What I will tell you is that you can do this. As hard as you think this will be YOU CAN DO THIS. Just remember your why, be dedicated to your goal, and constantly use the 5 second rule.