Home Habits: 21 Days to Becoming an Early Riser, Part 2

published Apr 2, 2015
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I posted recently about the beginning of my attempt at becoming an early riser. Many of you commented with input about how to help get good sleep and get up early. And several of you also commented on your perfect happiness with being a night owl and even that that’s your productive time. Cool! For me, I’m happiest when I’m able to get up early, so I’m still sticking with my challenge. I’m now about two-thirds of the way into it and here’s how it’s going.

Well, to put it frankly, the “honeymoon” of waking up early is over. Jet lag has worn off and is no longer taking my sleepy hand and walking me to bed at nine, so I’m not waking up raring to go at six. Now it’s becoming work.

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A weekend out of town with a two-year-old who suddenly became especially attached to his mama (that’s me!) and refused to sleep unless he had his chubby little arm wrapped around my neck also put a kink in the getting-a-good-sleep thing.

So I’m struggling. But I’m not giving up. The little habits that contribute to a bigger habit are shifting. For instance, I’m “behind” on my TV shows because I haven’t been staying up to watch them. Which has also forced me to fold laundry during the day, which incidentally, has forced me to put it away. Miracle!!

But I digress. My thought now, starting around nine pm, definitely by ten, is getting into bed, not settling down to watch something. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. It’s just that, for me, it it’s a change I’m glad is sticking so that my personal wish to become a morning person — of doing some things that I need and want to get done without interference from someone or something else — is within reach.