It is one of my greatest missions in life to become a morning person. Every time I try, I get a little closer to understanding why it isn’t working out for me.
Last month, my goal was to wake up at 5 a.m. at least once a week, or more, if possible. But just ONCE was the bare minimum goal.
And I succeeded exactly: once. The first day.
The whole month, I woke up to a 5 a.m. alarm. And for the whole month, I kept hitting snooze.
So what happened?
- I’d let it become Future Gabby’s problem. I’d tell myself, “If I miss today, there’s always tomorrow.” I would push it off and off until, next thing I knew, it was Sunday, and a new week was starting. No more chances. That’s not to say I was sleeping in until 8 a.m. all those days I hit snooze. I would wake up at 5:15, or 5:40, or 6:30, which weren’t my goal, but were still great times to be awake.
- I didn’t have a plan. Part of the reason I wasn’t waking up was because I knew I was going to be bored that early in the morning. Whether it’s reading a book, or working out, or going for a walk, I never had an activity to keep me busy for three hours until I left for work.
- I wasn’t going to bed early enough. Let’s get one thing straight: you can’t expect to be Super Woman by going to bed at 12 every night and waking up at 5 a.m. That’s a recipe for disaster and a great way to crash midday. I needed to go to bed earlier. Like 10 p.m.
- I wasn’t unplugging from tech. I’d be scrolling through Instagram or binging Netflix until the moment I went to bed, which really took a toll on my circadian rhythm.
This was an overall great learning experience for me! I look forward to the day when I take my own advice, haha 😉