I had an epiphany while listening to one of my new favorite podcasts, Sorta Awesome. Megan Tietz is the host, and a fellow ENFP.
I. Love. Her.
Anyways – I listened to “Extra Awesome: Laura Vanderkam on making mornings awesome”. I’ve seen Vanderkam’s name pop up quite a bit recently – probably on Modern Mrs. Darcy (I’m also in love with Anne Bogel) and other blogs I follow. The whole interview was really interesting, but one part stuck out to me in particular. LV mentioned that when a person wakes up in the morning, their willpower is replenished, and they can make the tough decisions to abstain from certain things, or go for that run, etc. Willpower, according to her (and research, apparently), runs dry as the day wears on. Which makes TOTAL sense.
So. My epiphany. I was thinking about the many attempts I’ve made at getting up early. I usually try to wake, sit quietly in a chair, sipping some coffee, and reading my Bible and journaling. Sounds so perfect, right? It did to me, too. Until I realized that I was falling back asleep within about 10 minutes of getting my butt in the chair. I simply can’t wake up and ease into the day. I just end up crawling back into bed and sinking back into a guilty sleep.
After listening to her discuss willpower, and it’s potency at the beginning of our day, I started thinking of the different things that I want to do, but require a good deal of willpower to execute. Exercise is definitely one of those things. Perhaps I can spend some of my willpower on exercise? Also – meal prep! I don’t hate cooking, but it’s not something that I love, and is often a source of stress for me. But! If I did all of my meal prep for the day before my kiddos were even out of bed…??? How great would that be!?!? Then I wouldn’t have to agonize over what’s for lunch or dinner! They’d be prepped and ready to go in my fridge!
So, I’m gonna give it a go. 6am – wake up to exercise (maybe throw in a shower for good measure… and less stink), and meal prep.