The Perks to Being an Early Riser

Y’all, I love to sleep in. There is nothing I love more than lazy weekend mornings when I can wake up, read for a bit and then drift back to sleep.

But recently, I knew that I had to make a change on weekday mornings. I have the tendency to wake up during the night (either by my own accord or from hearing my husband or dogs), and there are times when I would wake up a half hour before my alarm and then reset the time. Sleepy Lauren justified it, but then I’d be running around like a crazy person and then get stuck in traffic.

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So I bought an alarm clock that sits on the opposite side of the room (instead of using my phone), and I started setting the alarm for half an hour earlier. Here’s what has changed since I started this routine:

When I’m Up, I’m Up

Once I’ve turned off the alarm and walked across the room to do so, I don’t feel the need to get back into bed. When I used to change the alarm time or hit snooze, I always felt like I wanted to snuggle back under the covers. Now when I’m up, I’m up!

Taking My Time

Instead of running out the room and taking the world’s fastest shower, I’ve been able to appreciate the warm water and come out feeling more refreshed. In addition, even though I usually pick out my outfits the night before, if I change my mind about what I want to wear to work, then I have time to look for another option.

Breakfast Anyone?

Most mornings I eat breakfast at work, but if I have the hankering for some Panera on the way to the office, I have time to stop and grab a bagel! This is especially true since the traffic is much lighter just a half an hour earlier in the morning!

Don’t get me wrong–if I can sleep in on weekends, I TOTALLY do, but this new weekday routine is working out really well!

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4 thoughts on “The Perks to Being an Early Riser

  1. Thanks to our kiddos, I am a forced early riser 😉 There is something so calming and relaxing about the early mornings. I really should do the alarm clock across the room idea. I think that would help with really getting UP so much!

  2. I have been a morning person for the last several years. Before I had Zoe, I would wake up at 430am and work out, blog, have breakfast, pack lunches, load/unload dishwasher and get to work on time. I am still trying to find a new balance of wake up time since Zoe can be a bit of a wild care some days, but eventually I would like to get back to my old schedule and just add it take care of her. Most mornings right now I am just too tired to do anything other than care for her. The working mom gig is a hard one to adjust to!

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