Could waking up for a morning power hour benefit you?
All over the internet, we are bombarded with the secrets to success. This magic window into the lives of super successful people often tells us that to be successful, we need to be able to rise at the break of day (or preferably before) to get a head start on the day.
I don’t know about you, but I am not that woman. I roll out of bed as late as is reasonably feasible, doing the school run like a finely tuned machine – well, most of the time. But what if I started waking up for a morning power hour more often? Would I become more successful? Would I be any happier?
I had a random golden moment a few years ago. It was 4:30am and I’d been tossing and turning for an hour. I gave up and went downstairs, alternating studying my psychology book and doing housework *very* quietly. I got so much done that day! Sadly, my attempts to replicate this on a regular basis have been a great big fail.
When I wake up early naturally, however? Watch me fly (very quietly)! I think I could probably manage to do this once a week without too much trouble. I’m going to choose Monday mornings, inspired by this meme I found on Facebook:
What you can do in a morning power hour
Ultimately what you do in your morning power hour is up to you and will probably change every time you do it, but here are some suggestions:
- Pilates (I love Blogilates)
- A walk at sunrise
- Make yourself breakfast
Set yourself up for the day
- Get the school uniforms/lunchboxes ready
- Do some light, quiet housework like folding or ironing
- Get your home ed stuff ready for the day
- Get ready for work/set up your workstation if you work from home
- Make breakfast for the family – such as these vegan breakfast in bed ideas
- Arrange your timetable
How often should you be getting up early?
As I mentioned above, I seriously struggled doing every day after my initial 4:30am wakeup. Some people are better at it than me, and all power to them! So, should you be waking up early every day, once a week, or when it comes naturally?
I say it’s best to try before you decide. Try once a week: if it feels manageable, try doing it more often. If it doesn’t, stick to when it happens naturally. Me? I’ll be sticking to making Monday magic for the timebeing.
Do you wake up early every day? What do you do with those found hours? Let me know in the comments!