I didn’t have enough time in the day. It started off as simply as that. I got up in enough time to shower and get dressed before getting kids up, then the whole day started off rushed as we got ready for school, off to school, I taught school, then home to do homework and extra-curricular activities, housework, prep for the next day, bedtime showers and reading and tuck kids into bed, and I
Where was I supposed to fit in exercise or self-care or anything for that matter?
I was losing myself in the mess.
Time to Change
Something had to give, so I started getting up 30 minutes earlier — nothing too crazy mind you. Just enough to do some reading before jumping in the shower and doing all the same madness. But I had some me time.
Then one of the leaders in my book business offered a challenge to everyone: get up at 5 am. There were specific things we were supposed to do, and I kind of balked at it, but gave it a shot.
My life CHANGED!
I suddenly had some time to do those things I wanted and needed to do. But it wasn’t quite enough, so I pushed myself to get up a 15 more minutes earlier. Then 10 more minutes. And then 20. Finally it became an hour. Yes, I get up at 4 am Monday- Friday, and I’m up by 6 (usually) on Saturday and Sunday when I get to sleep in.
What Do You DO?
This is the first question I get asked when people discover how early I get up. As of 2023 when I’m writing this, here is my schedule:
4:00 Get up to exercise.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday follow a set workout plan focusing on resistance or weights.
Tuesday/Thursday running on a treadmill.
4:30 Daily Declarations and Vision Board.
4:35 Work on my business – sending messages or answering messages, put together events, social media posts.
5:00 Shower and get ready for the day.
5:15 Prayer and Bible Study.
6:00 Get oldest up to shower. Personal Development reading while he showers.
6:25 Get youngest up. Start breakfast for everyone. Pack lunches.
6:45 Do daily housecleaning for the day – we have sectioned the house off so each room gets a day and each room is divided into three tasks so we each have something to do. Boys do their jobs after school, but I’m done so I can supervise!
Monday: Living Room
Friday: Mom-office, Kids- Game room
7:00 Finish getting ready for school – brush teeth, shoes and coats on.
7:10 Leave for school.
5 a.m. Challenge
If you have been following me at all, you know that I’m going to challenge you to do something with what I’ve talked about. I challenge you to get up at 5 am — or even 30 minutes earlier then you already are for the next 4 weeks. Tell me what you’ve done and how it changes your day!
A warning that the frist week is a bit rough as you make adjustments. If you need some encouragement or ideas, or want to share what is working for you, join me on Facebook at: 5 AM Challenge