Trying something new: Rise and shine!
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So let me set the stage.... I'm a HORRIBLE sleeper! Awful at it actually! I'm the kind that will lay down at 11 pm and toss and turn for 3 to 4 hours before I dose off! I can't seem to turn my mind off! I'll make a mental "to do" list, organize my thoughts, plan my week and worry about all my responsibilities. I've always been this way! I've always struggles with falling asleep when I needed and waking up with hours of rest under my belt! Instead I've been surviving on 3-4 hours of interrupted sleep only to wake up and struggle through my day. Then, after a long sluggish day when you think I'd be ready to crash, I hit the pillow and stress out all over again about the things I didn't get done, the amount of time I spent on line and the fact that I should have spent more time doing meaningful activities with my kids!
It was an awful daily cycle that exhausted me! That was until I tried something new!
4 weeks ago I made a drastic change to my daily routine! I knew something had to change and even when I first attempted this crazy plan I wasn't sure it would work! In fact I was convinced it might in fact add to my chaos! So what did I do? What did I change?
I started getting up at 5:30 am!
Crazy right?! Why on earth would someone who can't typically fall asleep till 3 a.m. get up so freakin early?
Well I tell you what! As crazy as it sounded I knew I had to give it a try! You see...most of the thoughts that keep me awake each night all revolve around my job, blogging! I struggle with the time commitment it requires and how it keeps me from my family at times! It's a struggle that results in guilt and regret. I thought that if I got up 2 hours before the rest of the family got up I could get two hours of work done GUILT FREE! Two hours of quiet time that I could dedicate to answering emails, scheduling posts, checking in on twitter and facebook and organizing my weekly work responsibilities!
Of course day 1 was a drag! I dreaded the alarm clock but I'll tell you what...when 7 am rolled around and I had successfully made a huge dent in my work I felt great! It put a new pep in my step and I was on such a high my morning went better then ever! I had a happy attitude when I greeted my kids instead of my normal grumpy self! I was ready to tackle my household chores like folding the laundry, making beds and mopping the floor, all things I put off till 5:30 p.m.! I was a new person.
I honestly tried this new early morning start to try to get my work done before the kids woke up but one of the greatest side effects was something I totally didn't expect!
By 10 p.m. I am soooooooooo ready for bed! I kiss my man goodnight and I am OUT! Totally out! I sleep like a rock and wake up before my alarm clock goes off the next morning! It's the greatest feeling on earth! Stress free sleep! True honest to goodness sleep! Talk about hitting the jackpot!
4 weeks later I'm on top of my game! I feel in control of my work schedule and more rested then I have ever felt in my life! No more morning naps! No more dragging through the day. No more guilt! And all becasue I tried something new!
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