It’s the weeeeeekend and that means I’ve completed my five days of waking up early challenge! I’ve never been a morning person. I love snuggling up inside my duvet and I probably hit my snooze button for a good hour before I finally rip my blankets off and get up.
That all changed this week because I challenged myself to get up two hours earlier than normal to see how it would change my productivity. When I decided to do this challenge I wasn’t convince I would love waking up early, but spoiler…. I DO!
I’ve become a morning person (at least during the week) and I couldn’t be happier.
So, what did I learn after five days of waking up early?
Mindfulness mornings keep me sane
During these five days, I didn’t touch my phone in the mornings. I would wake up, turn my alarm off and then flip my phone over and keep it on my bedside table until I left. This allowed me to spend the mornings with myself and not get distracted by push notifications and Youtube videos.
I fell in love with early mornings. It felt like the whole world was still sleeping while I sipped my coffee and looked outside at the mountains. A few times I caught myself thinking “Wow… this is real life and I feel so happy.”
Coffee is key
I love coffee, so you probably won’t be surprised with this heading. My morning coffee at home became a staple for me throughout this week. I would wake up and instantly walk into the kitchen, still rubbing my eyes, to make myself some coffee. I guess the saying “But First, Coffee” is soooo true!
Waking up early is hard BUT worth it
Waking up early wasn’t easy for me. Some morning I did hit my snooze until 6:15 a.m., but then I would get up. The hardest thing was getting out of my warm cocoon and into the cold of my home. I fixed this by having my slippers and house coat laying out beside my bed ready for my 6 a.m. wake up call.
As soon as I got up, I was up. I wasn’t tired and I was ready to go. It felt amazing and so strange!
I’m going to be 100% sticking to this routine moving forward. I might not set my alarm for 6 a.m. every day, but 6:30 a.m. seems like the perfect wake up for me. That gives me nearly two hours at home before I have to head to work. It will allow me time to eat at home, which is something I’ve really enjoyed! Breakfasts on the go… no more!
Morning showers are amazing
I’ve ALWAYS been a night showerer because I’ve always been a night person. So, when I started to shower in the morning because I had time, it was a crazy experience. I had all the time in the morning to sing in the shower and blow dry my hair if I wanted to. Plus… the morning shower gave me another boost of energy to make it through the early morning.
Anyone can be a morning person
That’s right. YOU can be a morning person if you want to be. (I’m talking to you Steffanie!) All it takes is one week of waking up a littler earlier than normal to create the routine. If I can do it, anyone can.
I’ve honestly loved doing this five-day challenge. In the mornings I’ve had time to read, cook a hot breakfast, shower, relax, fall back asleep (oops) and spend time just enjoying the world around me. I also loved filming my experience. What do you think of the Youtube video? Let me know and make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel because I have a few other cool projects in the works.
I’ve completed so much more than I would have normally this week. I also finished my book club book! All in all, this week was a good week and I think it’s because I’ve had a few more hours in the day to be productive. Next week I want to try and exercise in the morning!
Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude and heart.