A little inspiration for all you early birds!
When I first heard that I should wake up at some insane hour of the morning in order to increase my productivity, I rolled my eyes.
I mean, sure. Being an early riser might work for CEOs and yoga teachers, but have you met a parent? We’re up half the night with kids!
But once I, too became an early riser, and started giving that time to myself first thing, I was hooked.
I have now been waking up around 4 or 5 almost every morning for nearly 2 years now, and it has increased my productivity by tenfold. But the most important part of it for me was this:
Waking up early allows me to fill my cup before anyone else starts to drain it.
Listen, you probably know this: being a mom is tough, as is being a working mom. It feels like everywhere you go, someone drains your cup, little by little.
Someone always needs you: a boss needs an email, your kid needs a snack, your husband needs help finding his wallet, the school needs you to sign this permission slip today or the field trip ain’t happening.
When I wake up early, it’s just me. No one needs me. It’s my time.
If I make sure to spend even 30 minutes every morning focusing on my own needs first, then I have so much more to give to those I love- and anyone else who needs it.
And it has been amazing for my productivity. I get more done in the 2-3 hours before my house wake up than I do all day.
And so, even though every single morning when that alarm goes off, I snuggle under the covers and think, “what if I just stayed here?” I quiet that voice and get up.
It’s never easy, but I always get up.
And sometimes we need a little inspo to do the hard things, right? A little push.
These 8 early riser quotes will inspire you to get the heck outta bed, too.
They remind me that waking up early is phenomenal for my business and myself, and that even when it’s hard, it’s worth it. I hope they can help you, too!
The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Mike Murdock
One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. – Paulo Coelho
I am always craving that dreamy creative energy I can only get while the rest of the world is asleep. – Lindsay Champion
Front-loading my day (getting a whole bunch done in the morning) is my productivity secret. – Celeste Geadlee
There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing. It is not a matter of time, it is a matter of desire. – Nina Yau
There is enormous power in nailing your morning routine, but there’s even more power in adapting to it when it doesn’t happen as we like. Terri Schneider
When I’m tempted to skip my morning routine or another form of self-care, I remind myself that I can better serve the people I love and the projects I care about when I start with me. – Courtney Carver
The early morning has gold in its mouth Ben Franklin