Good Morning.

Back when this blog was “embrace-refrain”, I attempted to embrace getting up earlier than normal for one month. ¬†If I remember correctly, I didn’t do so well. ¬†I had a few victories, but getting up early on a regular basis has always eluded me, unless I HAVE to be up early. ¬†If I have an appointment, a meeting, or I need to be somewhere; getting up is no problem. ¬†But when it is “voluntary”; ¬†to just get up and get a few extra things done or have some peace and quiet before the day starts… well, I haven’t been so successful at that.

But, what the heck… I might as well try again. ¬†As I get older, I see more and more value in getting up early. ¬†That hasn’t made it happen of course, but since I see an increasing value there, I am going to give it another shot. ¬†I simply don’t have the energy anymore to stay up late and be productive. ¬†It’s not so much that my energy has diminished, I just spend more of it during the day, and I am spent by the time 9pm rolls around. ¬† And, with a family of 5 it is harder and harder to find some peace and quiet during the day. ¬†The only consistent time I have for some extra productivity and some time to be still is in the morning. ¬†It hasn’t always been this way, but life changes…

My previous attempts to voluntarily get up earlier than I need to have typically been an all or nothing approach. ¬†I figured that once I got in the habit of getting up early, I would get used to it and after awhile it would become my normal routine. ¬†So when I tried to do this, I would try for 6am EVERY DAY, or something like that. ¬†The problem is, that I still have things in my life that keep me out and up late on certain days. ¬†I have regular events on Monday and Wednesday that keep me out later than on other weekdays. ¬†I rarely get to bed early on those nights. ¬†The weekend is often time to hang out with friends, watch movies… etc, so I don’t typically even try to go to bed early then. ¬†The simple fact is: ¬†staying up late makes it incredibly difficult to get up early!

So… if I am going to have any success getting up earlier than I need to on a regular basis, I am either going to have to change some of my evening routines, or maybe try a less than all-or-nothing approach. ¬†Since I like my evening routines, I am going to shoot for the latter. ¬†Over the next few weeks, I am aiming to get up early 3 days a week. ¬†I am hoping that I can pull this off on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. ¬†I am also going to try to get up a little earlier on Tuesday and Saturday, but not drastically. ¬†Sunday… I’m sleeping in.

The goal for me is simple: ¬†I’d like to create space each week for 5-6 hours of work, and 3-4 times of solitude, reading, and quiet (20-30 minutes). ¬†I started this morning by getting up about 40 minutes earlier than normal. ¬†I didn’t get any work done, but I was able to just take my morning much slower and enjoy my breakfast and coffee before the kids got up. ¬†I don’t know if I’d call that solitude, but it was certainly better than rushing around while trying to help get my kids off to school.