Wednesday, January 11, 2006

At First Light

I am not a morning person. I enjoy late nights and sleeping in. If I could I wouldn’t stir from under the blankets till well after 10 am. Yet last month I decided that I would try the whole “early bird” thing and get that “worm”. For about two weeks I started trying to go to bed before midnight and getting up before seven. Oyi, its hard!!! Some days were better then other. (Actually gave up completely during Jen’s ten-day visit.)

This week I was determined to resume the sleeping pattern transformation. Following Benjamin Franklin’s advice of “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” I went to bed the past two nights before 11pm. Franklin lied, or it’s only gender specific, or maybe it has be more of a life-style-thing not just a one-time-deal. Whatever the case my morning experiences did not consisted of me jumping out of bed “bright eyed and bushy tailed”

I think I hit snooze four times before I finally got up, did my morning routine, started my rice maker (a wonderful invention) and went back to bed for another hour and half of shut eye. So much for being productive first thing in the morning. I realise that sleep patterns don’t change over night (Matthew’s sleep charts are proof of that) so I am going to keep going with the current method. Without the use of coffee, does anyone have any tried and true methods on how to function before 8 am? I am open for suggestions.


Combs said...

In my experiance 8 am doesn't happen with out the use of copious amounts of coffee. The only other ways to get through 8 am that I know of are either to stay up for it, or sleep until it. As for Ben Frankin...he didn't follow his own advice. Check out Ben frankin in France.

Sarah Burger said...

Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healty but socially dead.

--Yakko Warner (Animaniacs)

need I say more?

Robin said...

I can get up early when I have good incentive to get up -- eg "get up or lose your job".

Amy said...

Hey Liz, you might check out this post:

Also would be helpful to read their previous posts on the source of our justification, motivation, and ability, so you don't fall into the legalism trap. All great stuff!

elizabeth said...

A moment of small success. It only took hitting snooze three times this morning. And I was some what functional by 7:30.

Aaron and Sarah both your comments made me giggle out loud. My boss in the next room must think I am strange.

Robin, I miss you on MSN! And incentives are good. Yet I don't have to be to work till 9:30 and you know how far the walk from the aparment is.

Thanks Amy for the site suggestion. I'll check it out.

Garwik said...

I start work at 6 am, so I'm up between 4 and 5. And it's been ten hour days, five days a week for a month now. I'm tired. So tired.
And yay for rice cookers! We've got one and we think its fab.