Do you want to know my most favorite mom hack? It's not an easy one, but if you make it happen with a couple of tricks — it is LIFE CHANGING. Here's the secret: get up early.
I started getting up around 5:30 am after my third boy was born (probably because I was already in & out of bed with him all the time anyway & just decided to stay up!) — so I've been doing it for almost 2 years and it's pretty much the best thing that's ever happened to me. 😍 I LOVE having daily time to myself in a quiet house for computer work, scripture study, prayer, projects, & mentally running through my day to figure out my priorities. Then I shower & get ready — and then the boys wake up and my day is off and running.
Getting up early is tough, and there are still plenty of days I sleep in...but seriously, after the first few months of trying this, I loved the alone time *so* much that I was willing to make it a habit, and I haven't looked back. My ability to be patient, calm, intentional & focused is 💯 times better when I center myself each morning.
And apparently I am not alone in this! When I posted this to my instagram this week, so many of you chimed in with similar feelings. Here are a couple:
“I agree!! I love my time before my kids are up! I feel like I already have had “me time” and be so much nicer!! Some days I have a have a little caffeine boost, but it’s worth it!” - @thrivingmotherhood
“I used to be an early riser but after my third was born it was all I could do to get out of bed. This year I’ve started getting up early to at least run a mile to force my body and brain awake. I’ve loved it so much because it actually puts me in charge of our day rather than me being grumpy that my boys woke me up with their chaos.” - @mcarter523
“We made the switch a couple of years ago…I couldn’t get enough kid-free work time and I was lagging so hard in the morning. So I started going to bed at 8:30 and waking up at 4. 3 hours of uninterrupted work time is magical. Now I’m waking up a little later if i don’t have much work to do, but waking up before the kids was a lifesaver for me!” - @melissapher
“Yess this makes such a difference!!” - @tessawillie
If you're looking for some motivation to make this a habit (or just some new ideas to keep you from hitting the snooze button), here are a couple great podcasts with brilliant tips:
"When You Didn't Get Enough Sleep" from the Better than Happy podcast (@jodymoorecoaching). She talks about how being tired doesn't have to be a problem — you can change your mindset and make it work for you. I am a BELIEVER of this!
“Make Over Your Mornings” from the 3 in 30 Podcast (@3in30podcast). An interview with Crystal Paine (who has a whole 14-day course on getting up early!) with ideas for how to make an intentional morning routine.
Give early mornings a try — it might be painful at first, but it will be soooo worth it.