It's Not Life Changing

10.09.2012

Lately I have felt like I am in a never ending cycle of failing to accomplish anything. Besides a few embroidery projects here and there, I feel like I rarely follow through with a task to completion. It's not that I don't have good intentions, it just seems that time slips away from me. And while two and a half hours (nap time for E) sounds like a long time, it seems to fly by in an instant.

It seems like just as I am settling into a task, she is waking up and ready to be cuddled. While I absolutely covet that time, it also means that I probably won't get much else done until after she's in bed. And though I tell myself that I will tackle my to do list as soon as my little princess is asleep, I have to be honest here. Besides doing the dishes and straightening up, I rarely do much once E is in bed. Most of the time Jesse and I sit down to watch a show together and not long after that we make our way to bed.

And each night when I'm going to bed I think about the bible study pages I didn't complete, the workout I failed to do, and the blog post that was never written. It's just an ugly cycle of guilt that repeats itself over and over again. For someone like me who thrives on getting stuff done and marking items off the to-do list, it's not a good feeling. It's hard to feel accomplished when you don't actually accomplish anything.

For weeks now I have been promising myself that I was going to make a change. That I was going to find a way to manage my time more efficiently so that I could get it all done.

But recently I came to a conclusion: If I want to get more done, I absolutely have to make more time. And the only way to do that? Cut back on one of the things I love the most. Sleep! Yep, that's right. It's time for this momma to start getting up a little bit earlier. On most nights I am in bed by 10:00 or 10:30 and I don't get up until my little alarm clock wakes me up between 7:00 and 7:30.  So I'm usually racking up a solid 9 hours of sleep. While it is awesome to get lots of extra sleep, it also cuts into some valuable time that I could use to do things that I like to do (and NEED to do.)

So last night, I made the promise to myself that I was going to get up this morning before Emerson and get a workout in. I sat out my workout clothes and picked out the DVD that I wanted to do. And then I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m.

I can't tell you when I last saw 5:30 a.m, but it's been a while! I'm not going to lie and tell you that I jumped right out of bed when that alarm went off. Nope. Actually I hit snooze several times. But I did actually drag myself out of bed at around 5:50 and even though I didn't really want to, I got dressed and headed downstairs to workout.

The first 5 minutes were pure torture and all I could think about was hitting stop and marching myself right back upstairs so that I could crawl back into bed. But after about 25 minutes, I wasn't even tired anymore. When I was finished? Well I had more energy than I've had in weeks. Even though the workout was a bit painful and I might have felt like throwing up a few times, I felt SO good afterwards.

To top it all off, I even had time to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while catching up on my Bible study. And for the first time in I don't know how long, I took a long shower without worrying about what Emerson was doing. It was perfect!

I quickly came to the conclusion that cutting out those few hours of extra sleep was 100 percent worth it and I vowed to make it a daily habit. I'm sure it's going to take some getting used to, but I sure hope I stick with it. I know that this little change may not be life changing, but it certainly changed my day.


Anna & Kirby said...

Way to go! You motivate me...thanks!

Jessica K said...

Thats great!! I find myself always waking up at 5:20 every morning for work and coming home at 4pm and zonking out on the couch. Now that I've dedicated myself to the Couch to 5K program, I am more committed than ever to finish it. I have more energy and I still have time to get things done around the house before bed.

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

Good for you! I hate that you have to give up sleep though, I know how awful that is! I NEED to wake up about 20 minutes earlier every morning to make time for quiet bible time, but I already wake up around 5-5:15AM and I just can't bear to set the alarm for any earlier, haha.

Beth Ann said...

Ugh, I'm sure this is something I need to do as well. Way to go you! I don't get up until 8-8:30 when H gets up. However, lately I've been staying up later than I should watching Parenthood on Netflix. Hahaha. It's downtime/"me time" that I feel like I deserve...but I'm sure going to bed earlier and getting up earlier would make a big difference. I need to commit to trying this out sometime.

Leah said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. I never feel like I have enough time to get things done. I go to bed at 9:30-10 every night the minute Avery goes down. And I sleep until she wakes. Lately, she's been racking 8-10 hours. I told hubs that I do not need that much sleep so I decided I would get up with him this morning at 6 (when he goes to the gym) to get things done before she got up. But, I guess she heard me last night because she woke up at 5:55 this morning. Best laid plans...

~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

Thank you soooo much for writing this Tami! I need to do the exact same thing!!! Let's challenge each other to do this tomorrow! :)

Natalie said...

It's that first step out of bed that is the hardest. But once you do it...it sure is nice to have some quiet time by yourself isn't it?

Leeann said...

I'm proud of you girl! :) You can get a few runs in now before that half - which I think you should still do even without the training! Who cares if you walk it out a few miles. You'll be glad you did! That half I finally did - I trained literally a fourth of what we did when training for our first one. It was kind of scary but it felt pretty good to still do it even without the crazy training. The longest run I did before it was 4 miles.... I did the first 6 miles without stopping but walked mile 7 and most of 10 and 11. no shame here! :) DO IT!!
Love you -
Leeann

Megan said...

I seriously wrote this post and haven't finished it yet!! About waking up early! And it totally makes the world of difference!!

Erin said...

It's as if I wrote this post myself...until you got to the part where you actually got out of bed at 5:30 am haha. There really aren't enough hours in the day so I've decided I have got to start going to bed earlier and trying out this morning thing. Well? So far I've turned that alarm off and gone back to bed. Tomorrow will hopefully be the day I drag my butt out of bed and get some productive things accomplished before everyone gets going! Glad you made it out of bed :)

Tammy said...

I feel the same way and have come to the same conclusion: Must. Get. Up. Earlier. I realized I'm gonna be tired no matter what, so I might as well work out and hopefully feel more energized! Easier said than done though, ha! Good for you for getting it done!

Emily Powell said...

I can't give up sleep. I just can't. J gets up at 5:15 and I usually don't fall asleep after that. I just lay in bed. I do set my alarm though at 6:30 so I do my bible study and start my day off right before G gets up. Good for you!

Natalie said...

Perfect! I Had this plan before I got pregnant, but now there is no way I can cut back on sleep. Growing a human and chasing a toddler makes me soooo tired!! Someday.... ;)

Mallorie said...

Oh girl I hope I can start doing this once EC is sleeping through the night constantly.

luvbnmom said...

Good luck! I am sure you can stick with it.

allie-mac-fallie said...

I know exactly how you feel but I seriously can't get up early... The few times I have have been so worth it but I lack the motivation ha. Keep up the good work!! :)

Baby Mama said...

so impressive! I try to set my alarm to get a few things done before everyone wakes up but I think 9/10 times, snooze wins! :) Maybe your experience can be a little more motivating to me!

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