My life Is very full right now. I have 3 young children, I work in an office part-time, and within the last several months I’ve started two side businesses.
I love it, I really do. But I still only have 24 hours to work with each day. So as a natural morning person, I’ve been getting up between 4-4:30am for the past couple of months in an effort to get ‘er done.
All it takes is a quick sweep of your Pinterest account to see that rising early is the new hip thing to do. And if you’re one to feel the reality of good ol’ Pinterest Pressure like I am, you might be eager to jump on the early-morning bandwagon.
I completely understand why. I’ve always been a morning person. The peaceful, quietness that is 5:00 am can’t be experienced any other time of the day, and the productivity early morning inspires is unlike anything else.
So why, you may ask, with all the goodness that comes from early rising, would I be doing the exact opposite?
Friends, there is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3). And after pushing through it and burning both ends of the wick for far too long, I’m returning my early-rising self to bed. At least for the time being.
Here are a few reasons why I’m taking a break from being a morning person, and teaching myself to become more of a night owl…
My children are early risers
My dear children, God bless them, like to awaken with the chirping of the very first bird that dares to open its tiny beak before the sun rises each day.
Most mornings, they wake up no later than 6am. Which actually leaves me very little time to be productive in the morning before they’re up and ready to go. And since the whole point of waking up at such an ungodly hour is to get stuff done, with my children’s morning schedule, it’s not really working out so well.
Which leads me right to my next point, which is this: I’m finding I can actually be more productive at night.
With children that tend to wake at an unpredictably, ever-changing early hour, I never know how much work I’ll be able to squeak in before they’re up for the day.
With that said, my children are usually excellent night sleepers. They go to bed fairly early (7:30 pm) and once they’re in bed, they’re typically out for the night. (Unless we have a teething baby, then all bets are off). So while I can’t guarantee any type of productivity for my morning hours, I can guarantee a significant chunk of time to dedicate to working at night. I’ve come to realize that while I do feel I have more mental clarity in the morning, I am much more able to focus in the night hours knowing that I won’t be interrupted at any moment. This equals more quality writing time, doing my Bible study, reading, or just chilling out.
This is reason #1 why it really just makes more sense to transition myself into becoming a night person.
And here is Reason #2: my husband is a night owl.
For the last few years of our marriage, I would go to bed at a decent hour so I could continue getting up crazy early, and he would go to bed MUCH later – usually 1 or 2 am. He’s a straight up night owl.
But I’ve come to realize that it would greatly benefit our marriage to be on the same sleep cycle. For all the reasons I mentioned above, and probably for anyone with little kids, the best time to spend quality time together is going to be at night.
So now, with the combination of needing more quality time to focus on working and more time to spend with my night owl husband, I’ve made the decision that now is the time for me to transition my early morning self.
Now I’m not talking about staying up until 2 am and sleeping in until 9 am…come on now, I am a mom of early rising children after all. I just mean I’ll probably make more of an effort to stay up until, say, 11 pm, and then allow myself to sleep in until my children wake up, instead of catapulting out of bed at 4:30.
And finally, my last reason: my priority right now is to get a little bit more sleep.
And that means giving up my morning time. Even if I stay up a little later, if I allow myself to sleep in the next day without feeling the push or guilt to make myself get up super early, I will be getting much more sleep then I had been.
I’m still figuring out how to juggle and balance everything I currently have on my plate, and I’m sure this is the first step of many in finding the rhythm that works for me and my family.
If you’re starting to wonder if you might be in the same early-morning predicament as I was, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you feel like getting up early is what you HAVE to do?
Do you feel guilty if you don’t get up early?
Are you like me in that you are fighting against the reality that rising at the crack of dawn is just not working for you right now?
Are you also finding that your productive hours just aren’t what they used to be?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe you need to consider taking a break from getting up early, too!
So chuck that guilt out the window, and do what works for YOU. That might very well be choosing to stay up later and sleeping in. And that’s perfectly fine! Not all things work for all people, at every season of life.
So for the time being, I’m ditching my beloved early morning routine in favor of embracing the night life. Are you with me?
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Which time of day do you feel most productive – morning or night?
Do you need structure and organization, but still crave daily encouragement?
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