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Benefits of Being a Morning Person

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


At first glance, my iPhone alarms probably make me look like a crazy person.  The me three years ago would have thought I was crazy.  I used to be the person who would sleep until the last minute possible before having to get up and rush to get ready.  I honestly love sleeping.

But it wasn't until a few years ago when I was first starting my master's degree that I realized if I wanted to get any blogs read that day (because taking 2 classes at a time while working a full time job left little free time), I was going to have to get it done early in the morning.

So I started waking up 30 minutes before I normally would in order to read a few blogs.  Then after that I started waking up a hour earlier than normal in order to read a few blogs and tidy up a few things around the house.  And you know what?  Now that I'm done with my degree and could sleep in if I wanted, I am hooked on getting up early.

I've learned that there are a few benefits to being a morning person.  Now that 2017 is only 10 days into the year, it's not too late to start a new morning routine so you can get up early, too!


You aren't rushed in the morning.
Getting up early allows for extra time getting ready in the morning.  You can slow down and not rush around your bathroom trying to get ready.  Instead you can take your time!


You are more productive.
How many of you can say that you've washed an entire load of laundry before leaving for work?  Or got all of the dishes washed and put away before work?  I've done both before and it's made me feel pretty successful!  I can walk into work feeling accomplished before my students set foot in my classroom, and it's all because of everything I did early that morning.

You have time to relax.
If you're like me and like to get up to allow yourself time to read blogs, you're probably doing so by yourself in the morning.  It's nice to get up and be the only one awake for an hour.  I have zero distractions and can enjoy the peace and quiet in the house before D wakes up.

You'll be wide awake by the time you get to work.
Back when I used to sleep until the last possible minute, I remember walking into work like a zombie because I hadn't even been awake for an hour.  Not anymore.  Now I walk into work energized and alert because I've had time to allow myself to slowly wake up.


Tell me--are you a morning person?  


Linking up with Whitney

24 comments:

  1. I have been a morning person for a while. I like getting to school (work) early as I get most of my work completed before school starts.

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  2. Im definitely a morning person (and also can't seem to sleep in anymore). Your alarm at 430 has me cringing though lol

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  3. Definitely a morning person! I usually wake up around 5-ish and I can have coffee, watch the news a little bit, and do blog work before I wake up the kids for school. It's awesome and I totally sound like my parents now...they were so right! xo, Lisa

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  4. Not at ALL a morning person, but my husband is. We made a pact when we got married to get up at the same time and go to bed at the same time, so I'm up early every day, even though I work from home. I don't like it, and given my choice, I would still sleep in until my eyes just popped open on their own, but I do love all the things you mentioned here: productivity, rest, accomplishment early on! That much is true!

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  5. Yes to ALL of these! I love having the extra time in the morning!

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  6. I want to be a morning person so badly! When I just had jack I would sleep until he woke up. Once I had graham after a few months I realized sleeping until the last minute (when the boys woke up) was. Of going to work. I didn't have any time to drink my coffee. Read my blogs. Or just think. So I started getting up earlier. Now I'm up about 30-45 min earlier than graham and can sit and drink my coffee and read blogs in peace. I would love to get up even earlier but my bed just calls my name haha

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  7. An hour before Beau wakes up is my sweet spot.. still working on trying to push it to two hours, haha!

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  8. I love this... I just finished my masters degree in December and pretty much had to quit blogging during 2016 because it was too much with a full time job and school/moving. I think I'm going to try your approach this year and try waking up earlier!

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  9. I'm with you girl! I love being a morning person!!

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  10. I love this post. I am a morning person, I like being able to take my time waking up and having things ready before I wake my kiddos up. I also like accomplishing things before my school day even starts. I can relate with SO much of this post! Have a great day!

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  11. I agree 100% on ALL of this! I love a warm cozy bed, but I love being super productive in the early morning hours even more!

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  12. I used to wait until the last minute to get up until 2 years ago too but when I decided I wanted to get in shape, I figured out that I had to get up a lot earlier to get my workout in and pack all my healthy foods for the day! I hate working out after work and am always rushing in the mornings so I had to learn. I stopped the habit for a bit this past year when I couldn't work out but now that I'm back on the healthy path I'm getting back in the habit & I love it!

    P.S. my alarms are like: 4:38, 4:40, 4:42, 4:45, 4:47, etc lol. It drives my husband crazy but it's so hard to wake me up so I have to set like 15 to get me out of my deep sleep!!

    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  13. I am working so hard to become more of a morning person - its my favorite time of day! I would love to work my way back to being up by 5 every morning, instead of the 6:15 I currently get up at most days.

    You are so right about morning productivity! It helps you feel motivated and accomplished before the day fully begins and I love coming home to a handful of chores already completed.

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  14. I was totally a morning person before Sadie was born and THRIVED on having my golden hour of quiet. Now that Sadie is such a wonky sleeper, I try to catch as much sleep as we'll let me in the mornings!

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  15. gosh, it is such a great habit. I keep telling myself that Im not going to let my kids be my alarm clock, but I never follow through. I would love to get up at 6am every morning and have an hour to myself before the day starts!

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  16. I am a morning person too! That's when I have my quiet Bible study time and write/blog before going off to work.

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  17. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS! I want SO SO badly to be a morning person, but no matter how hard I try to get up earlier, I just can't make myself do it. I always look at the clock and think, "well I can sleep for 30 more minutes" and then I go back to sleep. I really really need to try harder!

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  18. I can be a morning person for sure but not all the time! haha I do like getting up and being productive before having to be out the door but sometimes sleep is just so nice! Your 4:30 alarm is making me cry a little though! That is just wrong ;)

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  19. I typically get up at 4 a.m. This gives me time to pray and read while I enjoy my coffee. I like to be completely ready for the day before waking up the kids. It's so much easier to deal with making them breakfast/lunch, finding socks, getting the car packed if I'm not also trying to finish my makeup. You are right...I feel so much more successful when I get a few household chores done before leaving for work! Today I did all that listed above and took time to straighten and dust the top of my dresser. I could do nothing else for the day and still feel like I got stuff done!

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  20. I have a battle. I like getting up early and having an hour to mill around, do whatever, but I also LOVE sleep. Like, a lot. haha I do a pretty good job of waking up before I need to, so it gives me good time to myself. And it does allow me to feel more aware and awake at work. However, I have not done a load of laundry or washed clothes in that hour. I feel like that is master level. haha

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  21. I wish I had it in me to be a morning person, I really do! My husband wakes up somewhere between 4:30 & 5 every single morning and I love waking up with him when we're off on school breaks to cook us breakfast, but I always find myself needing a nap before the day is over! I may have to try your trick of getting up 30 minutes earlier at first and get myself up to an hour earlier-I'll see how it goes!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

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  22. I am impressed! I've never been a morning person. I am a night owl and get so much done when my house is quiet. I love being up late and waking up when my kids get up. I'm saving your get up early ideas for when my kids are in school. I think my schedule will need an overhaul and waking up before they head off to school will probably be the time to do it :)

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  23. I am a morning person, usually not by choice ;-) I was up at 4:15 with my littlest one this morning. And I actually had a load of laundry done because I managed to knock over my cup of coffee all over the couch and throw blanket, woops! My biggest problem is because my sleep is so unpredictable, when my kids DO allow me days to sleep in I am terrified to waste them! I really am hoping if they would at least consistently sleep until 6am I could try to get in a morning workout or something. I totally admire you for waking up at 4:30am without being forced! That quiet time really is so nice.

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  24. Yes! I love mornings! I think the fact that I was born early in the morning has made me a morning person! I love being the first one at work and making copies and getting situated before anyone else comes. My alarm typically rings during the 4 o'clock hour, but on occasion I will get up at 3:30 to workout. I'm definitely not a night owl!!!

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