It’s been a little over a week since my last post and I finally feel like I’m getting back into the groove of working full-time. It’s been 2 weeks now so I think that’s a pretty standard adjustment time.
Today, I wanted to share with you my experience with waking up early and doing something for me before starting my day.
I shared a post on Instagram about this back in August and it has officially been over 30 days now that I have been waking up earlier than normal to spend some time reading my bible, praying, journaling, and sometimes reading for pleasure.
I have seen some research about it taking 21 days to form a habit and I just saw somewhere else it actually takes 66 days—either way, I am feeling pretty good about this practice and do not see myself stopping anytime soon.
In the beginning, it was tough to get up and I found myself having an internal argument about whether it was better for me to get up and have the time or just get some more sleep.
Now, I really look forward to it and do not find it very difficult to get up unless I didn’t sleep well the night before.
Some benefits I have noticed so far:
1. It gives me time to wake up
It’s so nice not having to rush out of bed and race to get ready while I’m still half asleep. I have time to wake my brain up and ease into my morning.
2. I get to peacefully drink my coffee
In the past, I would make coffee and either have to chug it while getting ready or I was racing out the door cup in hand. Now, I can usually drink a cup during my quiet time and sip a refill while getting ready.
3. I start my morning in peace
Honestly, this has been amazing. I have time to think about what I need to accomplish that day and refocus on the important things. I have been loving the devotional plans on the She Reads Truth app and the book Jesus Calling. Starting my day with encouragement and truth has been life-changing.
Does this sound like something you’re interested in?
I challenge you to set your alarm for a half hour earlier. Get up, make a cup of coffee and just sit. I would encourage you to spend time reading, journaling, praying…whatever you like. I intentionally spend time doing this before checking social media or the news.