I have struggled with getting up on time forever. This week, I managed to get up on time on Monday, and told myself I was going to do the same the rest of the week. Today, I share my feelings on the whole issue of getting up in the morning.
What Does On Time Mean?
Determining what time I need and want to get up in the mornings during the week has been a constant issue for me for the past several years that I have worked from home with a login time of 6 a.m. For the most part, I have aimed to get up at 5 a.m., but have also gone through phases of convincing myself that 5:30 a.m. would give me more time to rest, and others where I attempted to get up at 4 a.m. to have time in the mornings to write.
I don’t want to get up early just because I have to go to work. I want to get up because I am ready to start my day. Many mornings in the past I have stayed in bed beyond my appointed wake-up time out of dread for the upcoming day. That is no way to start any day.
Getting up in time to have some personal time is the best thing I do for myself all day. I have settled on the plan of getting up at 5 a.m., allowing myself just enough time for about 20 minutes of yoga, 20 minutes of meditation, and hopefully about 6 to 7 hours of sleep the night before.
Getting up by my own on time standard helps me to start my day in proactive rather than reactive mode. I now can see that my life and weekdays are much bigger than my job, and I acknowledge this by starting my day taking care of myself first. On time no longer means just being on time for work, but creating the time to put my own health and well-being before everything else.
The Feeling of Not Being On Time
Okay, let’s call it what it is: late. The feeling of being late to me is stress. It’s the opposite of inner peace. When I oversleep or am running late, I feel chaotic and hectic. The opposite of calm and happy, where I want to be.
Running late cannot be healthy. It throws everything off, oftentimes the entire day. I have lost count of the number of days I was running late and some dramatic mini-crisis happened that day. On the days I get up on my time and practice yoga and meditation, I am typically able to remain calm in the face of whatever drama is thrown my way (although I still occasionally have mini-crisis relapses, once every few months is a far cry from once every few days).
Even if I was on time by the standards of my job, I was not on time for myself. To me, that’s just as good as being late. A person needs some buffer time between meeting their own needs and meeting the needs of others.
How Much Personal Time Does a Person Need?
This is where I had difficultly establishing my wake-up time. I would love to have 3 hours (at least!) in the mornings to do yoga, meditate, take a long walk, write, and read. Well, that’s the dream anyway! Getting up at 3 a.m. isn’t realistic for me. And as much as I tried, neither was 4 a.m.
As hard as it was to determine which activities would make the cut for my morning me time, I finally decided on about 45 minutes of yoga and meditation. Other people might find running or walking to serve the same purpose. What the actual activity is probably doesn’t matter as much as the fact that it is setting up the day to be better than a running late day.
I use my yoga and meditation time to motivate myself to get out of bed early in the morning now. Even though I still drag a bit on some mornings, looking back over the past few months I can barely remember a day that I missed my meditation time.
Each day this week I have felt proud of myself for getting up on my on time. I know there will still be days in the future that I’m not able to overcome my I don’t feel like it feeling, but I am hoping they will become fewer and farther between. And when they do happen on occasion, that I forgive myself and feel grateful for the extra sleep rather than upset with myself for not being perfect.
What is your morning ritual? Please share your thoughts with us below. Namaste!