I’m not naturally a morning person. In fact, I’m not naturally an evening person. I like sleep and I need lots of it. I would quite happily go to bed early and get up late.
However, with kids, that’s just not really practical. We are really lucky that ours aren’t particularly early risers, waking up at 7.30/8am if left to it. They’re not too bad at night time either. But if we want some time to ourselves, or I want to work in peace and quiet, I have to use that time when they are asleep. I used to regularly sit up until 2am in the morning watching the TV or working, but would feel dog rough the next day, so over the past few months, I’ve trained myself to become a morning person.
I now usually get up somewhere between 5.30 and 6am. It’s easier when Graham is on day shifts because he is up at 5am and I get up when he leaves the house, and sometimes I do need to really force myself to get up. My bed seems so much more cosy, especially when it’s dark and miserable but once I’m out, showered and have a coffee in my hand, I’m glad I’ve done it. I get to have at least one cup of coffee in peace and quiet, and I have found that the morning is when I’m at my most productive now. It also means I’m relaxed when the kids get up and mornings are a lot less stressful.
How I’ve Become a ‘Morning Person’
I go to bed earlier
Rather than forcing myself to sit up, watching something that I’m too tired to focus on and doing work that isn’t my best because I’m too knackered, I go to bed at a decent time. I have a thing set on my phone that tells me to get ready for bed at 9.45pm to be in bed ready for sleep at 10. Sometimes it might be an hour later, sometimes I might go to bed at 8pm, especially if Graham is on nights.
I get organised the night before
If I can avoid doing those annoying little jobs in the morning, I will. I hate the thought of getting up and having to wash anything up, sort clothes out or pack lunches. I make Harrison’s lunch when I’m cooking tea, wash up before I go to bed and get everyone’s clothes ready. Any money or letters are signed and put into envelopes and the book bags are on the hook by the front door.
I go straight into the shower
As much as I’m tempted to go and have a coffee first, I know if I sit down I won’t want to get up and then end up rushing, so the first thing I do is have a shower. It wakes me up and means I don’t run the risk of small people coming in and out for a wee.
I get some fresh air
This will be so much easier in the summer. We live in a bungalow and have a garden that goes all the way around the house. On nice mornings, I’ll be able to go and have a coffee outside and be able to sit by the kid’s bedroom windows so I can listen out for them. Now, whilst it’s crap weather and dark, I just open the back door whilst I put the kettle on and let the cats out and take a few deep breaths.
I have breakfast
I struggled with this to begin with and do really have to make myself do it. I used to wait until the kids were at school to have something to eat, but now when I get up I try and make myself have breakfast. At the moment, it’s porridge and berries, a glass of water and a cup of coffee. It really does make a difference!
They’re all really simple things, but they have made a huge difference to my day and it feels like I have much more time to do the things that I need to do.