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The Art of Waking Up Early

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I am a morning person. I find it difficult to sleep in (unless I’ve pulled an all nighter or something close to one) and if I wake up at nine in the morning, I feel like I’ve wasted three quarters of my day. I’m productive in the morning, it’s that simple.

I wake up at six thirty in the morning every day (except on my weekend, although even then I’m up by eight), and here is why:

1. I can get things done before my work day starts

By waking up early, I’m ready for my day and am doing devotions by seven. Once my devotions are finished, I have until eight thirty, when my work day starts, to do whatever it is I want to do. It’s a system that works well for me, because I don’t like being in a rush.

2. I’m getting the right amount of sleep

I’m usually in bed by ten thirty, and if I wake up later than seven the next morning I get really tired because I’ve had too much sleep. I didn’t even know this was a thing (sometimes it feels like I could sleep forever without consequence) but this one piece of knowledge has changed my life. Oversleeping makes me sluggish, and I hate that word; that’s how bad oversleeping is.

3. It’s quiet

A lot of people get up between seven and eight, and those who get up earlier than that are doing their own thing by themselves. Waking up early gives me half an hour or so to myself, where I can do at least some of my quiet time and get breakfast. Time by myself energizes me, so to have this snippet for just me and God every morning starts off my day right.

I have to say, it’s hard to get out of bed in winter. It’s easy to wake up at six thirty now because it’s warm, and you can literally just walk out of bed without a second thought, but in winter it’s a whole other story. Your bed is warm and comfortable and nothing compares, and you stay lying down as time creeps away.

Let’s just not think about that yet,

Sarah xx

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