Day 5 :: Get up Early

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I have to confess, this is a painful post for me to write {and one my early-riser husband will get a kick out of}…I am not by nature an early riser, and would WAY rather stay up LATE than get up early…but alas, the older I get, the more value I see in getting up early…an sadly, it is still a struggle for me.  I do know that on the days I get up early, I get far more done, have a much more balanced, focused day and am able to operate with purpose and a plan.  The biggest, most important part of getting up early for me, is to get in bed at a decent hour.  I strive for 7-8 hours of sleep each night, which means if I want to be up at 6, I can’t be watching TV or surfing til 11…it just doesn’t work.

Brad is wonderfully patient with me and lets me sleep in when I need it and doesn’t give me too hard of a time, but without a doubt, this is an area I need to work harder on, for my life is far better and more enjoyable when I get up and get the day started before my two precious ones are awake and ready to go!

One brilliant tip that I recently read was to put a digital alarm clock in your little ones’ rooms (she recommended starting at age 3) and put tape over the minutes numbers and write a 7 on top of the masking tape.  Courtney said she teaches her kids not to come out of their rooms until the number on the clock matches the 7 on the tape…brilliant! and something I must try.  It’s not often that either kiddo comes out of their room before 7, but it definitely does happen from time-to-time.

Take a little time first thing in the morning to spend time with the Lord, to gather your thoughts and put together a plan for the day…it will put you on the path to living a more intentional life and I can promise, you’ll never regret it!

How about you…do you rise easily in the morning or is it a struggle for you?