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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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?