I know what you’re thinking – that’s a bit of a dramatic blog title. And I’ll admit; I might be exaggerating a tiny bit. But recently, I made a deal with myself to get up 20 minutes earlier every morning and honestly, the results are amazing.
When I left my job in London, my first thought was “Yes! Finally I won’t have to get up at 5.30am anymore!” Since working locally, I’ve blissfully been sleeping until 7am every morning and the novelty, six months in, still hasn’t worn off. But last week, I challenged myself to get up twenty minutes earlier to see if that way, I could get a few more bits done before jumping in the car and heading to the office. You know what it’s like; that morning panic of getting yourself ready for the day whilst ensuring you have some sort of lunch together and checking there aren’t holes in your tights and trying to remember if you have any important meetings that day or can I just wear jeans and converses? I’ve been impressed not only at my stamina (go me) but at how much more I get done in my life…
time to reflect
Life is so manic and sometimes, we forget to sit back and think about what lies ahead. A couple of mornings I’ve taken 5 of those extra 20 minute to lie in bed and think about what I have to do that day. It really helps with my anxiety and also eases me into the day without that awful “I have to much to do I don’t know where to start” jolt.
Healthy (sometimes) breakfasts
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day blah blah blah. But sometimes, when you’re in a rush, it’s so easy to just grab something quick like a bowl of cereal or a slice of toast. The biggest change I’ve made to my lifestyle since getting up that bit earlier is having more nutritious, healthier breakfasts. This does come hand in hand with my new fitness and health plan but is just a really good habit to get into regardless. I’ve been experimenting with better brekkies like avocado and eggs on rye bread and finding that I have so much more time to try new things that are not only healthier but stop that inevitable 10am snacking.
I’m one of those people that just has to have a shower every morning to wake me up; if I don’t, I feel groggy all day. But with my extra time in the mornings, I can now enjoy those showers even more; it gives me more time to pamper that sets me up perfectly for the day ahead. Yay to having time to shave your legs and even use a hair mask.
Watch the news
I’ve been trying to educate myself better with current affairs and what’s going on in the world recently. Some days, it’s just too much to handle and there’s too much bad news to listen to. But with my extra time in the morning, I try to either read some news on my iPhone or pop on BBC Breakfast to make sure I’m up to date. It’s so important to be aware of what’s going on not only around the world but in our very own back garden.
Have a tidy up
Toby and I surely can’t be the only couple who go to bed leaving the kitchen looking like a bit of a state because hell, it’s been a long day and who can be bothered to unload the dishwasher or take the bin out at 10pm? But having a quick tidy up first thing in the morning means that you can come home from a long day in the office to an uncluttered home that immediately makes you feel relaxed, cosy and downright domestic. No more clothes on the floor in our bedroom; the morning tidy-up is where it’s at.
Got any suggestions of how else I could spend those extra 20 minutes? Comment below! xo