In the middle of the week, I had to get out of bed at 6:00 a.m. to register my kids for another round of swimming lessons. Registration opens at 6:00 a.m. and the classes fill up fast. It is just easier to be sitting at my computer ready to hit the register button when 6:00 a.m. arrives.
Wow! It was actually really nice getting up that early for a change. My husband is an early riser and has to be up early every morning. Normally I sleep right through everything he does in the morning. I never hear his alarm. Since he is up so early, he helps me wake up earlier.
The last half of this week I have been getting up and starting my day at 6:00 a.m. After my husband leaves early in the morning, it is so quiet in the house. I am able to have a productive morning. I'm not rushed. It is a wonderful, calming feeling. That one little hour in the morning is the only hour of the day where I get to have quiet time with no interruptions. I am able to get myself ready for the day, sip on two cups of hot coffee, check email, and mark a few things off my to do list.
The night before I will take a few minutes to think about what I want to accomplish the next morning. I have my set routine I can get done in about 20 minutes. But now that I have some extra time to fill, there are plenty of things I can do until my son wakes up: unload the dishwasher, prep for dinner, clean the kitchen, work on a small project, check emails, catch up on my favorite blogs, even make my to do list for the evening or things I need to accomplish during the week, menu planning, make a list of errands I need to run, pay bills, or do a little cleaning.
Just by having that extra time in the morning makes our evenings more relaxed too. I am not cramming my evening trying to get my to do list done. I have already marked off a few items, because I completed some in the morning.
How do you make the most of your mornings? Are you an early rise or would you rather sleep in?