• A Wild Lass

Why I Get Up At 5am Every Day {and Why You Should, Too}

Updated: Feb 21, 2019


Photo by Anatol Lem on Unsplash

You hit snooze. You’re startled out of sleep 9 minutes later. All you feel is groggy and grumpy.

Does that routine continue for an hour?


Is it impossible for you to get out of bed and get work done, no matter how many to do lists you make?


Rising early can help you get more work done and totally obliterate your work-from-home goals. Being a mom is hard enough. Being a work from home mom doesn’t have to drag you down and be so hard.


Read on for the reasons behind why I get up at 5am every morning and why you should, too.


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Peace


In the morning when you get up before anyone else, there is complete quiet. Do you love silence? I do.


It’s when I do my best thinking, even if I’m still half awake and my eyes are still bleary.


Think of your desk and how you feel when you sit down. Maybe there is still a vase of flowers* on it from your Valentine’s Day honey. Do you feel that peace?


Getting up early gives you the silence you need to concentrate on the work you need to do. It also helps you relax enough not to be too stressed.


No Interruptions


This wild lass has two wild lassie children, who are a complete delight. But they also make it impossible to get work done. Even the teenagers and the other adult family members (including hubby, The Lad) in the house interrupt when I’m sitting at my desk, even though if I weren’t in the room, they could 100% handle the problem on their own.


They love me dearly, and I love them. But when you work uninterrupted you get so much more done.


Getting up so early in the morning allows you to concentrate, plow through the tasks of the day, and pay more attention to your family when they join you later in the morning.


Routine


Did you know it’s easier to get up early if its a habit? Of course it’s hard at first, because your body isn’t used to it. But the more often you rise and shine at 5am, the more your body is willing to repeat the chore.


The trick is to focus on the good aspects of getting up. You can’t accomplish your dreams if you don’t get up and do the work.


And also do not hit snooze. I forced myself not to hit snooze. The knowledge that you will most definitely fall back to sleep if you do not leave the bed right away helps motivate you to go down and make coffee. Then you’re able to work.


Rinse and repeat, for about three weeks to form the habit, and then it will be easier. Never easy. I didn’t say easy.


But if you don’t do hard things, you’ll never accomplish your dreams, right?


Glow lights like this one can help you feel more awake and help you get out of bed, although I’m pretty sure The Lad would conk me with a pillow if I installed one in our room.


Success


You don’t put much credence in personal testimonials most of the time. But I kid you not, I’ve been completely crushing my goals since I formed this habit. Every week I set out a few tasks I want to accomplish each day, and I’m almost always ahead of schedule.


While some would say this means I need to set more goals for myself (and I do work ahead, and get even more accomplished), I say it means something in the routine is right.


There are a few other reasons the early mornings make you more successful. You don’t feel as discouraged anymore during the day. If you’ve risen early and already accomplished some things, then you have the enthusiasm to reach out and take the rest of the day and make it your own.


Working out is easier, too. Since you feel successful, meeting your exercise objectives becomes another way to take control of your life and meet your goals.


Easier To Go To Bed


On the days when you don’t get up early and you stress all day about getting things done, do you feel frazzled once the kids are finally in bed? One of the best things about getting up early to work is that it’s much easier to go to bed when you know you should.


You don’t feel as much like you haven’t done anything during the day, so you don’t need to stay up just a little longer to finish up a task.


The routine part helps, too. As you form the habit of going to bed earlier, you’ll find it easier to get up earlier. You’ll also be more tired at the end of the day, which makes it much easier to fall asleep.


Why You Should Get Up Early


Are you convinced yet? Getting up early can completely transform your work from home routine, if you can summon a tiny amount of discipline to form the habit.


In fact, studies show you sleep better if you’re an early riser and you’re more proactive. Changing your sleep patterns could entirely change your business and help you be more successful.


Here’s To You


What are your goals? How will you go forth and crush those goals this week? Does it involve getting up early and changing your routine?


We’re confident you can do it. If you want to read more about working from home and being an adventurous mom, check out our other blog posts.


*Disclaimer: Some of the links you see may be affiliate links. All that means is if you click through and end up making a purchase, I’ll earn a commission.