Let’s talk keeping it simple.

Actually, first let me say that something in this attempt to become a morning person is working, because I was awake by 6:30 this morning!  Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, y’all.  That’s kind of a big deal! For a while I laid in bed wondering (stressing) if it was simply my body kidding me into thinking I was ready to be awake for the rest of the day.  I mean, what if I was actually really tired and this was just a bout of insomnia… really late in the sleep cycle?  Stupid thoughts like that.  But no, it was the real thing and I’m a little excited about it.  I was just sayin’ yesterday that at some point something’s gotta give!  So happy that it came earlier than expected.  I’m so encouraged right now that becoming a morning person is doable  Even though the first couple weeks are painful, take some super discipline, and can be demoralizing, it gets easier every time.  Now, it’s actually starting to pay off, and I am even more motivated to continue pressing on until I can get up at 5:00 am consistently.

That’s just three hours later than I used to go to sleep.  Whoa.

So, what’s a gal to do with all this extra morning time to herself?  Party?  Cook?  Show some self-love?  All of the above maybe?!  Well, first, I want to make sure that my precious time is getting used in the most efficient manner possible.  That means cutting out the excess to make room for what really matters to me, in the moments I have right now.

Over the last year or so I’ve been whittling down that mountain of excess I’d accumulated in my single years and the progress has made me want to continue… not unlike the encouragement I’m currently feeling with my Morning Experiment.  Here are the top three resources I have successfully used over the last year, and will probably reference until the day I die!

  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
    This book really can be life changing!  Marie advises concrete practices that can be implemented by anyone at any time in their lives.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not advocate Buddhist principles, but a universal truth she conveys is this: an attitude of respect for all things is necessary in order for peace and order to be present.  I highly recommend this book and will say that the method still works, even if you don’t talk to your clothes.
  • Un-Fancy by Caroline Joy Rector
    Especially this post and this worksheet
  • And a little worksheet I’ve made for myself.  It’s a document I update as needed that serves as a master-plan of household upkeep, from daily chores to annual duties.  It can be customized according to the household, divvied up by person, and changed as often or as little as one likes.  I don’t have to worry about when the last time I sprayed for bugs was, whether or not I’ve changed the air filter in our unit, or whose turn it is to feed the dog.

Remember how I said that I’m trying to remove some of the unnecessary stuff in order to make room for the things I love?  Well, as I get closer to having better management of my time, by waking up earlier and continuing the clutter-cull, these are the projects I am so excited to start.
– Explore, play, and plant and water the seeds of wonder in my children’s eyes
– Expand the garden
– Start knocking off the last few lingering projects in the renovation of our 1980’s home
– Improve our diet and cook more from scratch

And that’s it folks!  These are the reasons I’ve wanted to change my schedule for so long and I’m thrilled to see some light at the end of the tunnel!  Somehow, typing these goals out seem to have helped cement the purpose of the morning experiment. If ever I doubted, wondering, Will I actually be able to change?   Is this worth it?  Will it pay off?  I’ll be able to answer in the affirmative, because it already has, and I’m only at the beginning!

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