We’ve all heard that phrase at least once before in our lifetime.. “the early bird gets the worm,” I know I certainly have a time or two before. But besides thinking of some heroic bird swooping down to eat a poor little worm, have we ever stopped to think about how it could apply to our lives? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s a tried and true statement and in my case, I have applied it to my morning routine. Sometimes as moms or parents in general we may wonder, how on Earth will I be able to get so much done with the short amount of time that I have today. Fair enough question. But if we think about it, every day brings with it 24 full hours. That’s 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds.
Now of course we don’t feel the full 24 hours as some of us sleep for 8-9 of those hours, work for another 8-9 hours, we get the kids ready, pick them up to and from school, prepare dinner, get the kids ready for bed etc. But one technique that I’ve found which really helps is starting the day just a tad bit earlier. Waking up an hour or even two earlier in the morning (depending on your current wake-up time). The wee hours of the morning bring with it a higher level of focus (once you get that blood pumping) and a special quiet time where you’re able to concentrate and get a few more things off your to do list before the regular routine of the day begins.
You may be saying, that’s impossible for me to wake up earlier; I need as much sleep as I can get. But I’m telling you, it does wonders. If you’re concerned about sleep hours, try going to bed a bit sooner. I know for me I’m lucky if I get a full 6 hours in a night. My thoughts are, I’ll have all the time in the world to sleep when I’m dead (sorry to sound so morbid). But right now, as a busy mom with lots going on, I can use all the spare time I can get. So, I dare you to test the theory, and if you have any doubts remember: the early bird always gets the worm.