There it is, I hear it faintly through my earplugs. Eventually, it becomes more menacing, and then my husband nudges me for the 3rd time in the ribs, “YOUR ALARM! SWITCH IT OFF!” Early bird
I snooze it for the 9 minutes it is set to. 9 minutes? I have often wondered who the brain surgeon is that came up with that, and why it is that I cannot, for the life of me, find a way to actually change it to longer, like 30minutes.
Begrudgingly I pull myself from bed. I have vowed to go to bed earlier, but somehow that never happens. I always seem to either start a new series at 10pm, get stuck in a WhatsApp convo or I toss and turn for an unknown reason. Or better yet, when I do fall asleep early, my bladder becomes like that of an 80-year-old man with a prostate problem and I am up every 2 minutes to pee, so then I am exhausted even though I had 7 hours of sleep.
Then I see on Instagram, as per usual, everyone posting about this book The 5am Club (don’t ask me who writes it) – I saw it at Exclusive Books, and I’ll be honest it bored me as much as getting up at 5am. However, what I did stumble across was an article about how the first 3 hours of your morning are the most productive, and if you waste those, well then the rest of the day is down the drain too.
The question of course remains, how do you make the most of those first 3 hours?
- Get a good night’s sleep. A good day obviously starts with the night before, which I am a testament of. The recommended amount of sleep remains around 7-8 hours per person, however, it varies from person to person. In my case, I feel like presently I need 23 hours.
- Wake up at the same time every morning. This helps to get into a routine and make the morning less rushed. And don’t hit the snooze button; it literally just makes you more tired.
- Start the morning positively.
Start with meditation or yoga, to set your tone for the day. Try avoiding climbing into your social media and emails as that disrupts your brain and shoves it into overdrive.
I follow a girl on Instagram [@tayladavis99] who is hilariously funny. She is extremely mindful and in touch with nature, herself and life (or so I like to think). She is also an early bird of note, like a 5am-SWEAT1000-class-in-the-morning type (crazy, I know), but she posted earlier this year about getting up and having a cup of tea, being quiet, meditating or walking etc., but before the rat race. I’m starting to think she has something there.
So, here’s to winding down the pace, and not rushing in the morning. Trying to catch the worm, or at least seeing the early bird that does, and getting to bed a little earlier.
Are you an early bird?