Getting Up Early Even When You’re Not a Morning Person


Maybe this isn’t for everyone, but for me, I really see the benefits of getting up early before my kids. I don’t like being dragged out of bed by my children. And, when I get a late start, everything else will inevitably follow. It’s not rocket science. Breakfast will be late. Homeschooling will be late. Chores may not even get done. And, I’m running around like a mad woman all day, always feeling like I need to catch up but never getting there. Getting an early start eliminates these pitfalls for me.

But I must confess … lately, having an early morning routine has been hit-and-miss. Can I blame it on pregnancy fatigue and morning sickness?

Well, enough excuses! I’m determined to get back into a more consistent morning routine. This post is as much for me as it is for all of you out there, who want to start your day early but different excuses seem to get in the way. Here’s what we need to do.

Have a Plan

If I’m going to make the effort to rise early, I need to have a plan. Otherwise, I’ll get up, shower and get dressed, and go back to sleep … believe me, I’ve done that before. Make a list of a few things that you want to accomplish in the morning. For me, this includes

  • have a time of Bible reading and prayer
  • exercise
  • check email
  • light blogging
  • look over my goals for the day

When making your list, consider what you want to accomplish with little interruption.


Our Morning Routine Starts the Night Before

My best mornings have always started before the alarm goes off. Having a before-bedtime routine will help you execute your early morning plan better. What I usually do the night before is

  • have the kids set out their clothes for the next day
  • prepare any homeschooling stuff
  • get coffee maker ready
  • prepare my husband’s lunch
  • go to bed at a good time

This last one is important. When I go to bed late, I will almost always not have a good morning. I will either wake up cranky or not wake up at all. This takes the most discipline for me. When I get going with a task at night, I want to keep going because my sweet angels are fast asleep. Seems like a good idea, but those kids that sleep so well through the night will get up bright and early the next day. And, I want to be ready for them.


Discipline, Discipline, Discipline

This is going to take discipline, lots of it. Most times, you probably won’t want to get up. This morning, my alarm went off, and I felt like I just feel asleep. It was hard and tempting to milk my already-worn-out excuse, “But I’m pregnant.” But, I sat up (sometimes, it starts with just sitting up), and eventually, with each step towards the shower, I began to really wake up and look forward to my morning.

How do you like to start off your day?


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23 thoughts on “Getting Up Early Even When You’re Not a Morning Person

  1. I’ve most definitely got to get a morning routine going for me and my family. Perhaps it will help me have a more productive and fulfilled day. Goodness knows, I need to not get up late anymore! >_<

    1. It’s amazing how much I can get done in that hour or two when all is quiet and there are no interruptions! It’s still hard to get up, but once I get going, it’s worth it. Hoping you’re able to figure out a system that will work for you and your family!

  2. A big YES to getting up before anyone else does. It gets me settled and ready to take on the day. And if I get the coffee made also, bonus! Good tips on how to make it all go a little smoother.

  3. Congratulations on the pregnancy! I totally agree…when we get a head start on the day, everything goes more smoothly.
    I’m with you on practicing the discipline to get up earlier! If more people are up for this, we should start an accountability group ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I was thinking about doing a “Let’s Wake Up Early” Blog Challenge, but what if I bomb?? We’ll see … it’s a good idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I know what you mean! I thought about starting a Facebook group for anyone who wanted to start an early bird club. We could all check in in the morning with a comment about what your goals are for the day, what you are doing that morning, etc.. just a place to feel like you are accountable to someone to follow through on getting up. But then I worried if I started it, what if I couldn’t get up most days!! ha ha
        I’d be in for something if every you feel like you are. Sometimes I need outside motivators ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Your morning list sounds a lot like my morning list! I pray, read my Bible, exercise, eat, have my coffee, get my homeschooling stuff ready, respond to emails/blog comments, and do a light tidy of an area in the house (all before my kids get up). I wake up at 5-5:30 daily. My kids get up at 8:00.

    I love my mornings, they give me focus and clarity to get through the day. I MUST start my day with God, otherwise my day is directionless and often a disaster.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    1. We wake up around the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚ Amen on starting the day of with the Lord! We need to get our marching orders first thing, right?

  5. I love getting up early! Sometimes my kids still beat me to the punch though. Most often on days that I stayed up late the night before to get me and husband time. How do I convince my husband to go to bed early and get up super-early??? Hmm, probably not going to happen! Visiting from the Shine Blog Hop

    1. Yeah, it’s hard when the hubby wants to hang out. Mine has to leave super early for work, so that helps that he has to wake up early too! Sometimes if my husband & I want an at-home date night even before the kids go down, we’ll let them watch one of their fave movies, while we chat and hang out. Not a fancy dinner out, but hey, sometimes a mom just needs some adult conversation!

  6. I start my day with morning meditation while my water for my tea boils and the computer is starting up. Then I make my way to my bathroom and take care of everything in there. By the time I come back downstairs to start working, I am well up and in a happy mood. The days that I miss my morning meditation are my bad days, but I’m usually consistant

    1. Good for you! Once you have a good routine down, it becomes one of those simple joys that you look forward to. Thanks for visiting, Natasha!

  7. I start my day when my kids grad me out of bed. (=
    I used to be really good about waking up beforehand, but now with a newborn that stills nurses during the night, I love my extra minutes of sleep.

    1. Well, you’re in a unique season in life! Get all the rest you need! I’ll be joining you for those middle-of-the-night feedings soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. YES! I totally feel so much more on top of things when I get up and going before them. And yes, I struggle with actually always doing it too. Lately I have gotten up early enough to have a good devotional time before they get up but not quite early enough to exercise too. Hopefully soon I can dial back the clock a little more to make room for that again too.

    1. Yeah, exercise was always the elusive task on my morning list. I’ve only started consistently doing it again. Hopefully, you won’t have to dial the clock back too much! I know my kids sometimes have this radar that tells them Mommy is up, no matter how early I move back my wakeup time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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