Want an extra hour to get things done each day? Here’s a simple solution: get up before your children get up.

I can hear you groaning right now. And some of you are pairing your groaning with excuses: “But I can’t get up early, I’m barely surviving on the sleep I’m getting right now. The last thing I should be doing is getting less sleep.”

I’m not suggesting that you get up at 4 a.m. every day or that you scrimp on sleep. Instead, I want to challenge you to try going to bed 15-30 minutes earlier at night and getting up 15-30 minutes earlier in the morning.

What I’ve found is that if I get up when my children get up, I start my day off behind — and I can never seem to make it up. If, however, I get up even 15 minutes before my children, I seem to have an extra hour (or more!) in my day.

I use my quiet morning time to drink my coffee, read my Bible, pray, and plan my day. This helps me to mentally and spiritually prepare for the rigors of motherhood, and make a plan of attack for the day. Plus, I’ve found that a little bit of quiet before the day begins helps to improve my sanity and my overall mood during the day.

If I’m really ambitious and go to bed early the night before, I’m able to get up almost 2 hours before my children do. When that happens, I also have time to fit in a run on the treadmill, some blogging, and a shower. By the time my children wake up, I feel so far ahead that I’m almost unstoppable!

Getting up 2 hours before your children do might be completely out of the question in your season of life right now, but I dare you to try getting up at least 15-30 minutes earlier for the next three weeks. I can almost guarantee you’ll love the results.

And hey, if it doesn’t work for you, you can always go back to sleeping in again. 🙂

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