I haven’t done much alarm setting over the past 7 years. My kids woke me up most mornings with ample time before anything I needed to do. But in the past 6 months, this has started to shift. The 2-year-old stays up later, especially on days she naps, but she also gets up later (note: sleep has never beget sleep in my house.)
What this means is that I have more control over my mornings. I’ve started to set an alarm on weekday mornings to give myself space to shower and make my breakfast before the kids rise. This has started to raise a tantalizing possibility: could I actually get some work done before the kids get up?
I did today (Sunday) though not intentionally. The kids went to bed late after going to the Please Touch Museum’s storybook ball. I went to bed at a reasonable time for a weekend (11:30) and so I woke up on my own by 7:30. No one else was stirring so I went downstairs, made my coffee, and was able to work for 45 minutes before my daughter started hollering for mommy.
My mind felt fresh. I got a lot done in 45 minutes. This is not surprising to me (see: What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast) but it was interesting nonetheless. I’m not ready to commit to a long-term habit of getting up early. But I’m willing to try it for a week, especially since I’m starting to figure out the data from the time logs I’ve collected from Mosaic. It’s tedious work, and it’s good to be focused.* I’ll report back. If anyone else wants to try getting up early to get things done this week, I welcome company! Just post about how it’s going in the comments.
*I will probably get help for the data part of all this, but I figure I should do the first chunk of logs myself so I can get a good methodology going to teach someone else.