They say the early bird gets the worm. Well I guess in my case it's blueberries.
I've never been one to be up with the sun. Being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed never seemed like a logical option to me. I mean why wake up early, when I can sleep in and pull an all-nighter? Yes, even though I'm 30 years old and have 3 children I STILL want to live like a college student.
So what if studies have "correlated early-rising...with character traits like optimism, stability and conscientiousness."
I've read tales of moms who are able to rise, just as the sun is peaking over the clouds. I thought it was overrated. That was until I got a scheduled service appointment from my cable provider.
They gave us that wretched hour window that keeps you shackled to your home for an unspecified amount of time. All the while you're avoiding doing anything or going anywhere so that you don't miss you scheduled "window".
Lucky me, our scheduled time was between 8am and 12 pm. Which meant either I was going to be waiting around until the early afternoon, or be summoned to my front door at the ass-crack of dawn. (side note: I realize that 8am is NOT early for most people, but I have night owls, instead of children. SO waking up before 10 is not usually on my agenda.)
Mr. DirectTV guy rang my bell at 7:45. Punctual M***er-fer.
So now I'm up. Doing stuff around my house I usually put off until the kids are in bed, which in the summertime is late, since apparently I'm raising future rock stars. I showered, did a load of laundry, cleaned up a n bevy of toys and clothing thrown all over the house, had a cup of coffee, and wrote this lovely post...ALL before 9am!!
What kind of a crazy world is this! I feel alert and ready to go for the day, and its barely even started. I think I've unlocked some secret formula to productivity. Go to bed early. Get up early. Shit...who knew it was THAT easy.
My kids better watch out. They're about to be pulled out of their beds to go berry picking!
Just in case you were as skeptical as I was about waking early being linked to good health and whatnot, here are some ways it can benefit you.
People who get up early:
- Get better grades in school and are more productive at work.
- Are more proactive. (That laundry isn't going to do itself)
- Can anticipate problems. My spidy senses are tingling
- Are better planners.
- Have more time for exercise.
- Get better sleep because your body gets in tune with the earth's circadian rhythm.
- Are more optimistic and display less depression.
- Encounter less traffic and have an easier commute into work.
- Experience more quiet, uninterrupted time to focus.
- Have more family time.
Ready to go in Granolaville,