Before I had children, I used to be an early riser. Well, I shouldn’t say that. I still am an early riser, but rather than using that time to read the newspaper, go for a run or tackle a few ‘to do’ list tasks, I now spend that time fighting with my oldest to get up for school and with my youngest to actually get out of his pajamas, followed by the dreaded toothpaste battle and the race to make breakfast for two kids determined to just eat lollipops.
I miss the ‘free time’ I used to have when I got up, all by myself, at 5:30 a.m. I got so much accomplished, whether it was work or exercise.
Peter Shankman of HARO had a post recently on the importance of rising early – he even provides some how to tips on how to get it done. As a lifelong early riser, and one who wishes she could even now wake up even earlier to read, tackle tasks, work out or just have some me time, it’s a great post.
If you’ve ever said “I just don’t have the time for that”, waking up early will rid you of that excuse. Heck, you may even become more successful – or more fit.