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You Can Wake Up Early And Have A Productive Day

I have always been an early riser. My parents were also early risers so it became a habit I never broke. I am so much more productive in the morning and often in the evenings we get distracted with the kids or we have school commitments, so getting work done in the morning works better for me. 

When I tell people I get up at 4h00 some mornings they look at me like I am achieving the impossible but the thought of staying up late is foreign for me and I am just not productive after 20h00. The biggest advantage of getting up early is that there are no distractions, no one is online yet, no one is sending emails, the kids are asleep, it is quiet and I just get so much done. 

So how do I manage to get up and 4h00 and still be productive throughout the day? It is pretty simple really.

Go to bed early: Duh!! In the long term going to bed late and getting up early is not going to work. I am in bed and asleep by 21h00 the latest most nights. I can push it to about 22h00 but not for too long.

Wake up at the same time every morning: The consistency of getting up at the same time every morning helps to get your body used to your routine. I wake up at 4h30 every morning. On the mornings I need to get up earlier I do have to set my alarm but most of the time I wake up before the alarm anyway. By doing this you will get your body into a rhythm and the longer you do the easier it will become the norm.You Can Wake Up Early And Have A Productive Day | HarassedMom

Meditate before bedtime: This is a relatively new thing for me to do but it works so well. Listening to meditations as you fall asleep not only helps you get a good nights sleep but it also helps with your overall attitude. 

Exercise: We all know the many benefits of regular exercise. You don’t have to do a cardio, hectic workout. A 10-minute yoga session can make the world of difference. I guarantee you it will make you feel energised.  

Vitamin B: Take a daily vitamin B supplement. This is a requirement for everyone, moms or not, working or not. 

Eat dinner early: We eat our diner between 16h30 and 17h30. It helps to make the whole bedtime routine easier and earlier. Research says an early dinner helps with digestion, which means you are more comfortable when you go to bed, sleep better and wake up refreshed.

As a parent I know getting good nights sleep is not always possible but even when Emma was at her worst sleep wise, I find going to bed when they do means a little more sleep. 

Are you an early riser?

This post forms part of my 31 days to achieve work life balance as a work from home mom.

You Can Wake Up Early And Have A Productive Day | HarassedMom



  1. 23 October, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    I am not as early a riser as I used to be, before I met/married my husband. He is a night owl, and after the kids are in bed is the only time we get to spend together and reconnect. But if he is away, I love to go to bed right after our girls and then get up hours before them!

  2. 23 October, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    I always think I can be more productive if I get up early, but I am honestly a productive night person. I naturally like the rhythm of sleeping 12:30-8. It doesn’t happen but that is what works for me.

  3. 24 October, 2018 / 12:33 am

    I am a night owl! However I do get up a little before 5am one morning a week to hit the gym for a cardio/weights class. Most other mornings I am up at 6am to start helping the kids get ready for school. Trying to work in one more early morning a week. It does feel great to get stuff done while the kids are asleep!

  4. 24 October, 2018 / 5:51 am

    Ugh I need to do this. I’ve been setting, and turning off, my alarm to get up and go to the gym for a month now.

  5. 25 October, 2018 / 6:38 am

    I’m with Flossie – I used to be an early riser, but my husband stays up late. I find that early to bed in the week helps the whole family, and then we can get up a little later at the weekend. I’ve never been productive at night, so I use my evenings to do ‘non thinking’ type things, sorting washing, getting lunches ready for the next day. Then I wake early, and start work early. Sooo much better for me!

  6. 25 October, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    This is so encouraging, haha I think it’s safe to say I am NOT an early riser. I hate it. I am definitely a night owl and even going to bed on time, I still have a hard time in the mornings! But I really, really want to be an early bird! This post definitely makes great points that are grounds for me to give it a go!
    XXOO Sunny Jess

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