How Waking Up an Hour Earlier Grew My Wealth

I’ve always thought of myself as a morning person, someone who got up with the sun and started the day fresh and eager.

Yeah, that was until I had a kid.

It’s funny how it happened. After FNP Baby was born, we spent a full month driving back and forth between the hospital at all hours of the night. And then we had a newborn who was up at 11pm, 2am, 6am, etc.

… that morning wake up no longer sounded appealing to me.

What Changed?

Getting work done post-baby has been the hardest. Balancing my business and clients while not being able to really get to my computer or answer emails has been frustrating. But it’s been especially upsetting for my husband who works all day long. As soon as he walks through the door, he has to take the baby while I lock myself in a room for hours to get everything done.

And don’t get me started on my weekends which quickly became work marathon days.

During our anniversary dinner, my husband laid it all out. We needed a better plan. We needed to figure out how to get back to us-time and to lessen my burden during my baby’s waking hours.

That’s where the idea and plan of waking up an hour earlier came in.

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One Hour More

It was a simple idea. While I had been getting up at 8:30-9:30 am when my baby refused to sleep during the night, I didn’t have that need anymore. She’s a great sleeper who often gets through the night without waking. My sleep was excessive.

So, instead, I needed to get back on track. I needed to treat this like I was running a legit brick and mortar business. I needed to set a damn alarm!

Can you hear my tribal yell of “NOOOOO!” from where you’re sitting?

The first day I did it, I spent my extra hour sitting on my kitchen floor, prepping our cloth diapers. It’s a task I often put off till the night, so it was nice to have stacks of diapers totally ready to go for the day.

The second day, I completed three articles in that hour span and could spend the rest of my work time reading up on my new website and going on a client call.

By the end of the week, I had freed up enough time that I was able to apply to three extra jobs, totaling an additional $150 in work!

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How to Use Your Extra Hour

You don’t have to work in the morning if you’re one who disagrees with the morning. Instead, you can use that time to actually wake up. Make your coffee, pick out your clothes, read a book, catch the morning news… whatever you need to do to center yourself to become more productive later in the day. Productivity and energy, after all, means money.

For me, I want to use an additional hour to accomplish some of my personal goals. In the future, when my back recovers, I plan to walk my dog or head to the gym. These are all past habits I did that made me a healthier, happier, and more ambitious person. I would love to get back to that me. 

An hour can mean so much. An hour to pamper yourself, center yourself, drive yourself can have big impacts on your personal accomplishments and even your wealth. Now the bigger question is:

What would you do with your extra hour?

9 comments for “How Waking Up an Hour Earlier Grew My Wealth

  1. October 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I use the same philosophy with exercising. I find that I can only get to the gym consistently if I wake up early and go. If I try to squeeze it in at any other point in the day, I end up skipping it in favor of other more important stuff.

  2. October 5, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    It’s something I used to love doing, but got out of the habit for one reason or the other. If I had an extra hour, walking the dog and reading would be at the top of my list, along with getting the day planned on paper. Doing those things would make me so much happier and healthier!

  3. October 6, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I absolutely love having at least an extra hour in the morning. It’s my best time for reading, writing, and creating content. Honestly, I’d love to start my day job at 7. But that extra time in the morning has been essential for my side hustle. And that’s fantastic your baby is sleeping through the night already!

  4. October 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I need too much sleep to get up any earlier. If I wake up early — and sometimes I do — then I do celebrate some extra time to maybe review the blog or something. Otherwise, I roll out of bed and get to work.

    But I don’t have a baby, so maybe that helps.

    Also, while I get that your husband is tired after 8 hours and gets handed off the baby, remember that you’re spending those 8 hours plus commute time dealing with the baby and going straight to work when he comes home. So, it’s pretty comparable.

  5. October 7, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I had the same sleep pattern w/ both of my kids. Sleep became such a luxury, and I tried to soak in every single greedy minute even when I didn’t need to!
    I was getting up an hour early to run this summer, but now it’s pitch black at that hour and my motivation is super low. But, I like your idea of just doing something/anything with that hour for yourself. I’m glad it’s working well for you! 🙂

  6. October 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    You’re still in the adjustment period, Michelle. When I and my wife had our first child, we experienced this as well. We were lucky because my wife’s mom was there to help us taking care of our children so it kinda became easier for us to manage home and work. I know you can manage it as well and understand that every hour counts!

  7. October 12, 2015 at 5:57 am

    The early bird catches the worm, Michelle. I’m glad it’s working well for you and you’re finding yourself “your time”. Congrats Michelle.

  8. October 17, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I love this post! I always wake up at least an hour before I have to leave for work. If I don’t, I feel like I never have enough time to relax and mentally prepare for my day. I’ve tried waking up earlier to exercise, but “earlier” for me means 5 a.m.! Exercise is NOT happening at that hour for me. However, I could use that time to write posts and apply for writing opportunities! Thank you for the motivation.

  9. October 17, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Baby FNP is doing great! You two are going through a normal period of adjustment. I actually follow the Miracle Morning Program and wake up early-even though I’m not a morning person. It’s so helpful and I’m ahead for the day.

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