Here’s how a typical (work) day starts for me:
7:30 am – alarm clock goes off. Groggily press snooze.
7:39 am – alarm clock goes off. Groggily press snooze.
Repeat 2 more times.
By the time I finally jump out of bed, I’ve given myself somewhere between 20-30 minutes to shower, pick out my clothing, make myself a breakfast and lunch (and usually I end up buying my lunch because I haven’t left myself enough time to make one), tie the dog out, let the dog back in, put my shoes on and bike quickly to work. What this means is most of my mornings are spent in a frenzied rush — I don’t make healthy meals for myself, though I had the best of intentions. I don’t iron my shirts and end up going to work looking frumpy and disheveled. I haven’t given myself any time to have a peaceful, slow start to my day which is what I really love.
So, I’ve decided to embark on an early riser challenge. Zen Habits has some pretty good suggestions for how to get started here. Last night I went to bed around 11:00 and this morning I got up at 6:50. That might not sound early to some of you, but to me, it is. I gave myself almost 2 hours to get ready and wow…I really enjoyed my morning. I made myself a healthy breakfast. I packed a healthy lunch. Spent time reading, a few minutes listening to relaxing music, cuddling my dog and sipping my coffee. On the way to work I ran into an old friend and was able to spend 10 minutes with her just catching up and chatting – something I never would’ve been able to do had I followed my normal morning routine.
At the end of the week I’ll post the results of how this early rising challenge has gone for me as well as some tips (as long as I do it right!). Anyone care to join me? Maybe one day I’ll even get up early enough to watch the sun rise…