Why the Early to Rise Challenge is Perfect for MilSpouses

Early to Rise Andy Traub QuoteThere’s an “Early to Rise Challenge” going on over at Money Saving Mom.

The idea is that you pick a time to wake up in the morning, then commit to actually waking up at that time every day this month. It’s based on the book Early To Rise: Learn To Rise Early in 30 Days by Andy Traub. I’m about half-way through, and it’s a good read. It’s written in a funny, light-hearted tone — not a lecturing, nagging tone that I’ve found some self-improvement/productivity books to be written in. It provides plenty of great reasons why getting an early start on your day lets so many other things in life fall into place smoothly and with less stress.

I’m writing about this on MilSpouse Life because I think the challenge is actually a great fit for MilSpouses. Chances are that your Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine already gets up at O’Dark Thirty, pulls on a PT uniform and is off to work. So why not try waking up at the same time, if you’re not already doing so?

Enjoy that quiet time. That time before the sun comes up, before your children are awake, before the rest of the world is going about its business. Make that time yours. Instead of waking up with just enough time to get your kids off to school and yourself off to work/school, give yourself the gift of that buffer time when you can have a moment to slowly drink a cup of coffee and reflect, read, pray, write.

Or if you’re like me, workout. Working out is akin to meditation for me, so if I can start the day with a full 45 minute to an hour workout, instead of cramming it into a quick 30 minutes because that’s all the time I can fit into my morning because I didn’t wake up early enough — I’m a less-stressed and more energized person and I feel like my brain is much more productive throughout the day.

I joined the Early to Rise Challenge at Money Saving Mom — committing to waking up at 5 am. My results so far:

March 1 — Fail. Woke up at about 6 am. But I blame this on the sinus infection I’ve been fighting.

March 2 — SUCCESS! Woke up at 5 am. Felt like a rock star the rest of the day as I knocked things off my list of things to do and was early to the ice skating rink for my daughter’s skating lesson.

March 3 — EPIC FAIL. Woke up at about 7 am. Was running behind on just about everything the rest of the day.

Today — Fail. Woke up at about 6 am. Blaming this on the lingering sinus infection and a case of the Mondays.

So far, I am 1 for 4. But that 1 success was great so I hope I can get myself out of bed at my target time tomorrow!

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