I'm not a morning person. I'm not mean or surly. It's just if left to my own I would have a sleep/wake cycle that went something like this: up at 9am, lay in bed til 10a, stay up until 2am and repeat. I'm a night owl. I come from a long line of night owls. BUT I do so much better getting up earlier.
The added benefit is that my older daughter is a morning person and my younger daughter isn't. The younger one does wake up and bounce out of bed ready to go. I'd like to cultivate this earlier morning time as some time just for myself and some time with my older daughter. Who at 10 1/2 is more than willing to let mom have a cuppa coffee before she starts chatting.
I'm participating in Money Saving Mom's Early Riser challenge. I'm hoping it helpful. I found her 31 days to a more organized challenge last year helpful when we moved into our rental house. I'm actually toying with the idea of doing that too since moving into our new house 3 weeks ago.
What new house?! Yeah I really do need to do a blog catch-up from the few months I wasn't blogging. I'll get to it this week.
But since moving and the weeks leading up to moving I got out of our routine and my wake up times slowly crept up to 8 a.m. Last week I was able to shake it back down to 7:30a. VICTORY!
So onto Monday. The challenge for today is to document your wake up time and to create a plan for your mornings. The start of the challenge is to determine a goal wake up time. Mine is 6:30 a.m. The Husband usually is up and gone by then but if I get up much earlier then I'd be cutting into his morning. He's a morning person but also that's is personal quite time. We just have never been the couple that sits and has a morning coffee together on a weekday and that's ok.
I woke up at 6:30 today! Then laid in bed until 7:30 a.m. with the covers over my head willing myself to get up. I'm calling this mixed success. I never fell back to sleep!
Moving onto a plan for the mornings. I'd like my mornings to go like this.
Up at 6:30 a.m.
workout and do devotional until 7:30a.m. Shower, coffee, chit chat with the 10 1/2 yr old.
8:15 a.m. wake up the sleeping 7yr old and get her going.
Start on my morning cleaning routine:
Start a load of laundry
Clean the bathroom upstairs
Make bed (check to make sure kids made theirs)
Do a 15 minute clean up of the house.
9:05 a.m. have a coffee break, blog and go over my to do list for the day.
9:30 a.m. start homeschooling (between 9-9:30am has been our normal start time all year.
For today I've got the waking up, to-do list, devotional and chit chat with the 10 1/2 yr old done. I'll be waking up the 7yr old soon and be making a mad dash to get a shower in before we start homeschooling. I'll be getting the cleaning done while they take their morning break from homeschooling...
I really should have gotten out of bed at 6:30 a.m. but man my bed was so snuggly warm.