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.
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.
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!
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: