Cussing at your alarm clock in the morning isn’t the best way for a godly woman to start her day. I love sleep. Maybe a bit too much. With a matted mess of hair defying gravity and dried drool crusted on the side of my mouth, I’m more Rip Van Winkle than Sleeping Beauty. Every morning I seem to go through all 5 stages of grief for the loss of my dreamy state.
- Denial– I hit that snooze button at least 3 or 4 times, assuming I can still get things done.
- Anger– The hubby comes in asking if I’m getting up, I not-so-daintily crumble “Leave me alone, I got 3 more minutes on my snooze.”
- Bargaining– That snooze alarm goes off. I tell myself, “Well I showered last night, if I do dry shampoo and a pony, I gain 20mins of prep time. You’re so clever; let’s set the alarm for 20 minutes from now.”
- Depression– My “redo alarm” goes off, and I languidly stare at the ceiling, saddened that my time has run out, and I must start the day.
- Acceptance– I slink out of bed and, looking at the time, am now in a mad rush to get out the door.
Now, this happens more often than I’d like to admit. My husband bests me in that he is up before 5am, reading his devotions, making coffee and getting ready for workouts. The Proverbs 31 girl wakes up before dawn and is getting ready for the whole day in those quiet dawn hours. Me, I’m productively stink-eyeing the alarm countdown on my phone for the fifth time that morning. .
My reluctance to wake has convicted me lately. It’s something that I could easily rationalize because I still get up before 6am, I work long hours teaching during the day, and am productive as a student at night, but I know that my life would benefit from the discipline of getting up before I “need” to.
Proverbs 6 lays it out…
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”
Nothing happens without a plan. So here are my steps and motivators to “get my butt out of bed” and become an Early Bird!
- Go to Bed Earlier– Nothing will happen if I don’t commit to going to bed early. I need to shut off the electronics, create boundaries for how much work I bring home, etc. to maintain a routine at night.
- Exercise First Thing- For me, this will happen with far better success before a day of teaching, rather than after 8 hours of chasing kids and chatting with parents and teachers. Also, exercising right away in the morning will boost my energy and metabolism for the rest of the day. Since I started my day healthily, I’m more likely to continue those positive choices throughout the workday. If I commit to going to the gym with the hubby, then I have built in camaraderie and accountability. Added quality time never hurts.
- Have Devotions with the Coffee– As I lay in bed, I am guilty of logging onto Facebook or checking emails as I lazily wake up. Often, I find myself feeding my soul negativity, when I should be focusing on God’s truth that will carry me through the rest of my day.
- Breakfast Date – After showering and getting ready, I can actually have time to sit down and have a healthy breakfast (so I’m not ravenous by my kid’s snack time) with my guy. During these times, we can communicate about our plans for the day. This helps so much to alleviate unsaid expectations and sort out scheduling surprises. Meal times are great communication sessions 😉
- Leave with Margin –No matter how much I plan the day before, there are always surprises and changes that happen when I walk into my classroom in the morning. I can get real work done before an onslaught of emails and 5-year-old needs take priority. Having an extra half hour or 45mins before kids arrive help me navigate the unexpected with margin and allow me to be a calmer, more gracious teacher.
Though I am slightly addicted to that snooze button and an extra hour of shuteye seems so inviting, there is so much to be gained from getting my tired butt out of bed. This confession is a challenge to myself and a commitment that I am going to be a better teacher, wife, and woman of God by seizing the day…and maybe only hitting “snooze” button once 😉
I am a night owl, But I can change….