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#EarlybirdChallenge // Why you should get up earlier

During our adult lives, we have 25,000 mornings. That’s a lot of mornings. For me, it’s a lot of dread, too. I absolute hate the…



During our adult lives, we have 25,000 mornings. That’s a lot of mornings. For me, it’s a lot of dread, too.

I absolute hate the sound of my alarm. It can be like being punched in the chest. I’m guilty of staying in bed until the last moment possible.

I’m always watching the clock, seeing how much time I’ve got and there’s a strange 10 minutes or so that seem to get lost every morning. I have no idea if I’m alone in these mystery minutes of disappearance.

I can be doing ‘okay‘ for time, then I brush my teeth and suddenly it’s 10 minutes later. I’m almost positive I never spent that much time brushing my teefs. Maybe I go back to sleep for a bit.

This tends to put me behind and leaves me timing my whole way to work – if I’m on the M1 by 8:30, it’ll make it. If I get to junction 39 by 8:45 – that’s okay. It’s a stressful experience and every day I tell myself I’ll speed up tomorrow. I’ll be ready 10 minutes earlier. I won’t press snooze. I won’t lay in bed for 15 minutes looking at my instagram feed.

It’s the same. Every day. I feel rushed, I feel like I’m always running out of the door, clock watching, getting to work just on time, feeling flustered, stressed and hungry as I’ve not had time to eat. It’s not a fun way to start the day at all.

By the time I get home, I’m exhausted and all I want to do is get into my PJs. Any plans I had to clean my bathroom or nip to the supermarket go out of the window.

Therefore I’ve teamed up with Free Office Finder to participate in their #EarlybirdChallenge. The idea behind it is to get up a bit earlier and use that time for ourselves.

 Benefits of getting up early:

  • Stable/healthy sleeping pattern which reduces obesity.
  • Time to eat a balanced breakfast.
  • Better time management.
  • Reduction in stress levels.
  • More time to do things we enjoy.
  • Not feeling rushed.
  • Getting ourselves mentally prepared for a great day.
  • Be more proactive.
  • Feel less rushed and have more time to plan your day.
  • Have more quality time in the evening to spend with your, friends, family or the internet ;).
  • Early birds tend to be more optimistic, cheerful and agreeable than night owls!

What can you so with your extra time?

  • Catch up on YouTube videos.
  • Put on a face mask and take a bath.
  • Organise your closet.
  • Write a blog post.
  • Do your washing before work so you can relax after!
  • Paint your nails.
  • Exercise.
  • Grab breakfast with a friend.
  • Make a healthy breakfast.
  • Pack a healthy lunch for work.
  • Redesign your twitter header.
  • Read and comment on 5 new blogs.

My #EarlybirdChallenge

I get up around 1 hour before I need to leave for work, regardless of what time I start.

This means I have some real opportunities if I start work after 10am. For my early bird challenge, I wanted to get up, go for a run, have a healthy breakfast and be ready for work on time.

I’m going to make this a long term thing, not just do the challenge once, then go back to how things were! The most frustrating thing is when I start work at 1pm, I’ll get up at 10:30am! If I got up at 7am I could have over 3 extra hours. Think of all I could accomplish in that time before even thinking about getting ready for work!

benefits of getting up early

Here’s how I got on day one:

6:30am – alarm went off, I made coffee and read a few blog posts while drinking it.
7:00am – I got into my running gear, filled up my water bottle and went upstiars.
7:15am – I set off on a run to Kirstall Abbey, enjoying the beautiful morning air and scenery then ran back home.

  benefits of getting up early

8am: I made a coffee and prepared a bowl of fruit, then jumped in the shower.
8:20am: I ate the fruit and drank the coffee while watching the Shaytards daily vlog.


8:40am – I did my hair and makeup, then got dressed.
8:55am – I brushed my teeth again and made a flask of coffee.
9:05am – I grabbed my laptop, left the house and drove to work.

benefits of getting up early

I usually would have stayed in bed until around 8:20 and set off for work around 9:20.

I was feeling amazing and accomplished. There’s something about running first thing in a morning that feels really empowering. Like you’re strong, healthy and can do anything. That inner strength seemed to continue to grow throughout the day and I felt very calm, rational and productive.

Are you going to take the #EarlybirdChallenge?




  1. I do enjoy getting up early at times, there is so much to see and get done and I do feel awesome when I have most things done before mid-day because I got up earlier and I am ready for bed at night better than I am if I slept in. Love these pictures :)) Hope you have a great weekend doll xx

  2. I am not a morning person… it’s not that I’m particularly grumpy etc but I just love lounging in bed… I guess I’m lazy! I do love the snooze button but much prefer the mornings I jump up and get going.


  3. great idea, but such a shame that I a have to get up at 6 AM each morning on a regular basis to get to work. I’m not willing to get up at 5 AM, otherwise I would have tried this challenge haha :p Positive side about getting up at 6 AM each morning is that you can’t sleep any longer dan 8 AM in the weekends, which means you can get a lot of stuff done! I hope you’ll like getting up early 🙂

    1. I’m not surprised, I often have to get up at 5am, I’m just trying to get up earlier on those days where I don’t need to get up so early!

  4. You have such a nice blog! Keep up a good work! <3

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    Let me know on my blog & I'll follow back right away.

  5. Oh goodness me. If I got up an hour earlier than normal it would be 5.30am! And I don’t get to bed until after midnight! Hmm not sure this challenge would work for me, given my current lifestyle. Before kids I had a job that started at 10 too. Life was a breeze. It meant I could stay in bed until 8.30am, every week day! Oh what luxury. I’m not an early bird. Def a night owl, hence the late-to-bed habit! Tx .

  6. Oh good luck with your challenge! 🙂 I hope you see all of the benefits from it! 🙂

    I’m so sleep deprived with baby I’m even less of a morning person than I was before, haha! But he wakes me up with the cutest little smiles….even if sleeping until he wakes me does mean I don’t get ready or have breakfast until his morning nap, I need my sleep haha!

    Away From The Blue

  7. Thanks so much for this post! I think you’ve just persuaded me to start getting up earlier than usual for a change, maybe an hour before I usually have to! I think it’s time I started being healthier and more optimistic, and you’ve just helped me with that! Hopefully I can pull this off. I’m loving your blog!!

    The Life of Little Me

  8. what a great challenge, and amazing the difference it made to your morning!

    I’d love to get up an hour earlier, but it’s not going to happen right now – I have an almost two year old with a messed up sleep pattern, and I often don’t get to bed until the early hours of the morning. I need all the sleep I can get at the moment, especially as I’m already getting up with the other two.

    On the plus side, I work from home and we have no school runs to do, so our stress first thing is pretty limited.

    Good luck with your morning run – worth it just for those views!

  9. You managed to fit lots in! When I have an early lecture I get up a couple of hours before, I don’t really fit anything extra in, just a cup of tea while checking some blogs 🙂 and then I also have time to eat and dress nicely! Well done you for getting up so early and fitting in a run! xo

  10. I admit, I hate the mornings. I would rather work into the night than get up early. It took me a long time to come to terms with this, but I’m ok with it now 🙂

  11. This is a really great idea and something I could definitely do atm working shifts too. Though it would require me to go to bed at a reasonable hour in the first place which is always a struggle! Lovely photo’s from the Abbey. 🙂 x

  12. I LOVE early mornings! I just HATE getting out of bed early. The struggle is real. I have a university timetable that doesn’t have too many early starts, so your thoughts are really relevant. Plus, I feel so great starting the day with a run – it affects your motivation all day long – but early morning motivation is *ahem* not my strong point…

  13. What a great blog and so inspiring! I am most definitely not a morning person but I wish I could be more productive so I will need to try some of your tips! Thanks!

  14. I’m a total early bird. I love feeling like I’m so ahead of schedule and I have so much time to get things do. I’ve always wanted to try running in the morning. It seems like a great way to start your day off!

  15. Getting up earlier, although painful, is definitely better sometimes! There is so much you can do and you just feel more awake before you get to work!

  16. I’m more of an evening person myself. I’ve always been that way! Even while I was working & had to get up at 515am, I would always tempt fate and stay up till 10pm or so, just to watch tv and go into work like I’d been on a three day drunken spree. Might have to try this! I love getting up early, before anyone else! No tv’s or phones or any kind of noise! So peaceful!

  17. Thanks so much for this post! I love lounging in bed too! I should start getting it earlier in the night maybe to wind down!

  18. I find my day is less stressful if I get up and get going early. Although I work remotely from Canada, my “offices” are in NYC, and they are 2 hours ahead of me. So if I start late (which I do at times), I feel even further behind, and it leaves me a bit panicked.

    On a different note, I love how your socks show which one is left and right. Cute.

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