Tuesday Challenge – Wake up 15 Minutes Earlier!

Time for another weekly challenge!  Last week I encouraged you to drink more water (and I hope you are keeping it up this week).  This week I want to challenge you to wake up just 15 minutes earlier.  Eventually I’d like to see us all getting up quite a bit earlier so we can accomplish all the things we need to each day, but for now, an easy 15 minutes will do – and I’m not talking about 15 minutes earlier each day, just 15 minutes overall – so if you wake up at 6:30 now, wake up at 6:15 every day this week.

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Why on earth should I get up earlier?

  • Getting up just 15 minutes earlier than your kids (or your normal wake up time) will help you feel relaxed, not stressed.  Not rushing around is a GREAT feeling.
  • You don’t have to worry about being late.
  • Most productive people start their day early – adding just 15 minutes to your morning will put you on that path.
  • You might even have a few extra minutes in the morning for YOU (time to make yourself a latte, do a few stretches, plan out your day or even read for a few minutes)
  • Enjoy the quiet.  If you are awake before the rest of the household  you can enjoy a few minutes of absolute and peaceful quiet!
  • Wake everyone else up.  It’s definitely better to be the one waking up others than being awakened before you are ready by little ones demanding your attention!

Okay, I’m in, so how do I do it?

  • Go to bed 15 minutes earlier (I find this the hardest part!)
  • Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier
  • When the alarm goes off, roll over and put your feet on the floor.  Do NOT hit snooze.
  • If you know you need to, move your alarm clock across the room so you HAVE to get up

Go set your alarm clock right now!  I challenge you to do this everyday this week!  Let me know how it goes in the comments – I’d love to hear about your challenges and successes!

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    1. I’ve read that too Tammy! Good luck with the challenge – I’ve done well so far this week and the days have gone so much more smoothly!

  1. Great post! I have tried putting my alarm clock on the other side of the room like that and it totally works!! And starting my morning off early somehow makes my whole day smoother and more productive. 🙂

    1. So true Jamie – I used to put mine in the bathroom – I could see it from bed, but had to walk across the room to turn it off.

  2. Alright, I’m with you for this challenge. Not being late for getting my son to school would be a welcome. Could also use this time for a mommy shower, with no little one’s in there with me! Lol. I will also be another mom that sets her alarm on the other side of the room, if it’s within 5 feet of me I hit snooze.

  3. I’ve been trying to wake up early for the past week, and I have succeeded quite well. I love the end results because I have been getting more done in a day as a result. Plus I am more relaxed because I know I have more time to get things done.

  4. drinking more water and getting up 15 min earlier are great ideas. I’ve been trying to wake up earlier, but since I often get up in the night with a kid, the mornings are a killer. Hoping to do better this year though. I do always feel so much better when I’m the first up and get that quiet time.

  5. I think this idea is awesome on paper…but I am so not a morning person and find it impossible to do this! I have tried over the years to get up early to exercise, to just have a few minutes to myself, etc and always find myself not able to get out of bed until I absolutely must!! Sigh. 😀

    1. It is hard Kerry – I’ve found that the key is to go to bed earlier – it’s the only way to be successful with getting up earlier!

  6. I completely agree with this I get up way earlier than I really need to so I can take my time with my morning routine. I can have a couple cups of coffee, take a long shower check my e-mail pack the kids bags and THEN I wake up my kids with an already made breakfast and I also give them ample time to settle into their day and get ready. It is for sure a much calmer way to do things.

    1. Great job Eschelle! I don’t get up as early as I’d like, but every little bit makes for a smoother morning. Perhaps someday I’ll get there!

  7. Both drinking more water and getting up 15 minutes earlier are great challenges. I should definitely work on both of them! I think it will make a big difference by making a couple small changes.

    1. Yes Laura, small changes can really make a HUGE difference!
      Tabitha – good luck, I know you can do it!
      Amanda, you are right – if you just make getting up with the alarm a routine, it’s much easier to avoid that snooze button!

  8. I’ve read somewhere that it helps to actually practice getting up when the alarm goes off, so it is more automatic than pressing the snooze. Of course, I have yet to try it. 😉 But, I have been trying to get up a little earlier, just so the mornings aren’t quite so hectic!

  9. This is one of my goals this year. So far so good. I take the time to do a daily reading in my bible. I would like to ad another 15 minutes to it for the kitchen, but one thing at a time. 15 minutes earlier to bed doesnt help, I would love to go to bed right when I get dinner done.

  10. I have done that a few times (spontaneously, not as a deliberate choice) and completely agree with you although for me taking this challenge on would have to happen in the future. Right now everything sleep is the bain of my existence. My baby is a terrible sleeper and my 3 year old is going through a ‘mommy I need you’ (at 3am, 5am ) phase. When things are back to normal I’ll try to incorporate that challenge. I won’t promise to do it daily, I think a more realistic goal for me is once a week 🙂

    1. Katia – good luck! My kids are still small enough (6 and 8) that I remember those days well! You DO need your sleep right now. So I would do just what you propose and try it on those nights you can – you’ll still be ahead of the game right?

  11. My problem is that I’m a SAHM, and a late night person and sooo not a morning person! I really do need to try to do this though. It might me make me a little more sane in the mornings when we actually need to be somewhere! 😉

    1. Stephanie and Monica – I totally get this. Once the kids go to bed it’s so tempting to use that quiet time to run around and clean the house or even just veg on the couch with a book or the TV. I just remind myself everytime I start to do this that I’m just stealing the time from the next day!

  12. I never succeed at getting up before my kids LOL ill have to try just doing 15 minutes instead if an hour! Great post!

  13. I have to say that I have never been a morning person, but these last few weeks have changed that. I have been waking up over an hour earlier to get to the gym. I promised myself this year I would work on doing things for me and he gym is one of them. Nightly visits were out of the question because there were to many excuses so the AM it is. 15 min earlier in the AM is a good starting point.

  14. I know it makes a huge difference when I get up earlier.
    Thanks for sharing this great idea with us!

    Would love for you to connect with us at Inspire Me Monday and Friendship Friday at Create With Joy! 🙂

  15. Oh I don’t have a problem getting to places on time in the morning. since I don’t work I’ve got plenty of time…yeah right. I like your challenge…but i already get up so early!!! I think it’s the computer that keeps me from being on time!!

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