Are you one for the morning?
Do you enjoy waking up early, or do you prefer to stay in your warm bed as long as possible?
Making the Most of a Morning
I’ve recently started waking up earlier and earlier not because I enjoy waking up early, but because I enjoy being able to have more time in between waking up and going to work. For years now, I’ve not understood why my parents wake up so early and while they may not get up hours before they need to be at work solely because they want to increase the gap between waking and work, they sure do seem to have a more fulfilling morning.
So what the hell am I talking about? This is not a post about getting enough sleep, power napping or how to get better sleep. The focus of this post is on the time-frame between Waking and Working. Prior to my change, I would wake up just early enough that I could jump out of bed, grab a bite to eat, chug some coffee, brush my teeth and be off to work. Back then, my mood in the morning was that of a bear, I hated waking up. As soon as the alarm went off, I was in a race against the clock to get the basics done so I could make it to work on time.
It’s Turning Into A Love Affair
With my new method of waking up, I’ve found my relationship with the mornings and work improving! It all makes perfect sense and here’s why: When you wake up earlier than you need to, you are no longer getting out of bed to jet off to work, you are getting up to enjoy your morning and clear your head so you can be on your “A” game.
Getting used to waking up an extra hour earlier was no treat. At first it just meant I was more tired and hated morning even more. Then I started going to bed an hour earlier, this way I was able to get just as much sleep at night and still was able to wake up that extra hour early. Now, when I wake up, I don’t have to rush, I can take my time and enjoy the calm of the morning. I wake up, cook my eggs and bacon and let my coffee cool. I am given time to read the morning news and catch up on what happened over night. I can drink my coffee slowly and enjoy it, rather than guzzle it down just for the caffeine.
Since I wake up now to “start my day”, not “go to work”, the alarm isn’t my enemy. It sets me free of sleep, and tells me “hey, it’s time to warm up for your day”. I don’t feel shotgunned into a world of alert, when inside I feel groggy. Now, when I arrive at work, I’m ready to get started immediately. I’ve already had my time, and it really was my time. I’m not forced to wake up next to groggy coworkers, I already got to wake up in peace and quiet and enjoy my morning. Thus my way into work is much less stressful and frantic since I’m not running late and I haven’t forgotten to enjoy what the morning actually looks like!