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You know I've been participating in the Early to Rise Challenge at Money Saving Mom. At the beginning of the challenge, I bought the bookEarly To Rise: Learn To Rise Early in 30 Days, by Andy Traub, which was the impetus behind the challenge. Each day has a motivating message - Andy's great at motivation! - and an assignment for the day. Today's assignment was to share your rising-early experience with five other people. Well, you guys are way more than five, but I'll just count you as one. Like a collective noun. I don't know who the other four will be yet. Wes already knows, so I can't count him.
So today was Day 25 of rising early, and I've managed to get up on time (my target time was 6:30) 20 of those days. Some days, depending on how early I went to bed, I woke up on my own well before 6:30 - more like 5:15. That amazed me! Other days, I got up right at 6:30, and I wasn't happy about it! But I found that once I was up and on my feet, I loved being up early. Here are some things I've learned in the past 25 days:
~ I can get up early. I had myself convinced I just couldn't do it consistently.
~ I am having fantastic devotions every day. That alone is motivating me to keep rising early. I have time to read, write, and pray without feeling rushed. I also enjoy having a leisurely cup of coffee or tea.
~ I have time to plan my day, rather than having my day happen to me. When interruptions occur, they aren't earth-shattering when I have a basic plan for the day.
~ By rising early, I am naturally sleepy at a time when I should be going to bed. I'm finding that I do well on about 7-7.5 hours of sleep. I discovered that by going to bed when I was sleepy, around 9:30. Every time I've done that and gone to sleep right away, I've wakened on my own about 5:00, a couple of times even earlier. Although I had my rising time set at 6:30, I've found I like being up around 5:30. Will I set my clock for 5:30? I'm a little skittish about that! I think I'll see if I continue waking on my own.
~ I'm establishing a new routine. Thanks to FlyLady, I've had simple routines in place for years for my mornings (once I was up!) and daily cleanup. I'd never mastered the wake-up, though. Now I'm loving the new routine of my mornings with my earlier rise time!
The only negative I've found is that I get really sleepy in the afternoon and end up having to nap. Now, I do have diabetes, so that accounts for some of the sleepy feeling, and I tire more easily than I used to. Taking a short nap helps, but I definitely have to set an alarm to wake me up!
The challenge is almost over. I think I've come far enough with this habit that I'll continue rising early, because I believe the rewards will continue to motivate me. I've never had such peaceful, calm mornings as I've had the past 25 days! Thanks again, Crystal, for hosting the challenge!
I'm also linking up with The Modest Mom for Modest Monday. Every week, she has a linkup for women to share anything to do with Christian homemaking or womanhood. I've watched her for a while and I like what I see. I'm pleased to join in with her on Mondays!