June 7, 2009

Turning my world upside down

"The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning - and the younger generation doesn't think much of it either." ~John J. Welsh

We are a late to bed, late to rise family. It's not uncommon for me to be just hitting the sack at three in the morning. The girls aren't in bed before 9pm and Robotson is up until 10:30pm. And like most mothers, when the kids are in bed, I have time for myself. Recently I realized a couple of things that have been bothering me could be fixed if I looked for my "me" time in the morning instead. I have decided to flip my world upside down.

Now anyone who knows me is probably laughing right about now. I am NOT a morning person. I imagine this will cause in me reactions much the same as a person who has just stopped smoking. It's not going to be pretty, but there really is no better time for this change. Our homeschool park days are moving to an earlier time for the summer, I am looking to carve out some time to exercise, and reading it much easier when you aren't exhausted. In fact, if I can pull this off, I may find myself to be much happier.

So why am I telling you this anyway? I've recently been reading that one way to help make a change permanent is by being accountable. If others know what you are trying to do, they are more likely to check up on you. It's intrinsically motivating to want to brag about success, so that is why I'm posting. A success to me is not necessarily becoming a morning person, but giving it an honest try. I'm going to give it a shot for the summer and see if I like it.  Starting tomorrow I shall rise at 5am, and go to bed with the girls at night.  Feel free to hold me accountable at any time.  Good night!


  1. I'm rooting for you! I've been contemplating a similar change myself, but haven't had the gumption to try yet. I guess I haven't REALLY decided if I want to or not. Do tell me how it's going for you! I'll be very interested.

  2. Wow - this is a REALLY weird coincidence. I started THE EXACT same thing last night/ this morning for the exact same reasons because we keep the exact same schedule!
    I got up at 5:30am which is SOOOOO insanely early. But I went to bed with my son at 9:30 last night, and here I am thinking clearer, etc etc.
    And yes, I will even try to exercise at this unholy hour sometime this week.
    You go girl!

  3. Oooh, you are much smarter than me Boatbaby! Even knowing I had to get up so early, I had a hard time sleeping. I didn't really drop off until 2am and then slept very fitfully. I see a nap in my near future! But at least I got up on time :)

    I completely agree that 5am is insane. I had no idea it would be so dark! LOL Well I'll check in on how your doing, if you check up on me! Good luck to you as well.

    Kit-I'll let you know for sure. If I can stay awake :)

  4. Papa Bear has been going through this "early rising" thing, and I've got to tell you, he was more productive this weekend than he's been in a very long time. I'll be checking in with you :)


  5. Well I stayed up until 1am watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and then woke up at 9am to a thunderstorm.
    But I will try again tomorrow... hard to get up when the sun is hiding.

  6. boatbaby-how did you like the movie? We saw it recently and it was hard for me to watch. I like hollywood endings.

    Good luck for tomorrow!

  7. Getting up earlier is one thing, but 5am? You are going for the gold! I look forward to hear how it goes for you.