I have always been an early riser. My parents were also early risers so it became a habit I never broke. I am so much more productive in the morning and often in the evenings we get distracted with the kids or we have school commitments, so getting work done in the morning works better for me.
When I tell people I get up at 4h00 some mornings they look at me like I am achieving the impossible but the thought of staying up late is foreign for me and I am just not productive after 20h00. The biggest advantage of getting up early is that there are no distractions, no one is online yet, no one is sending emails, the kids are asleep, it is quiet and I just get so much done.
So how do I manage to get up and 4h00 and still be productive throughout the day? It is pretty simple really.
Go to bed early: Duh!! In the long term going to bed late and getting up early is not going to work. I am in bed and asleep by 21h00 the latest most nights. I can push it to about 22h00 but not for too long.
Wake up at the same time every morning: The consistency of getting up at the same time every morning helps to get your body used to your routine. I wake up at 4h30 every morning. On the mornings I need to get up earlier I do have to set my alarm but most of the time I wake up before the alarm anyway. By doing this you will get your body into a rhythm and the longer you do the easier it will become the norm.
Meditate before bedtime: This is a relatively new thing for me to do but it works so well. Listening to meditations as you fall asleep not only helps you get a good nights sleep but it also helps with your overall attitude.
Exercise: We all know the many benefits of regular exercise. You don’t have to do a cardio, hectic workout. A 10-minute yoga session can make the world of difference. I guarantee you it will make you feel energised.
Vitamin B: Take a daily vitamin B supplement. This is a requirement for everyone, moms or not, working or not.
Eat dinner early: We eat our diner between 16h30 and 17h30. It helps to make the whole bedtime routine easier and earlier. Research says an early dinner helps with digestion, which means you are more comfortable when you go to bed, sleep better and wake up refreshed.
As a parent I know getting good nights sleep is not always possible but even when Emma was at her worst sleep wise, I find going to bed when they do means a little more sleep.
Are you an early riser?
This post forms part of my 31 days to achieve work life balance as a work from home mom.