|Prepping to do battle with my mortal enemy... my alarm clock.|
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This is one of those eternal debates where everyone has chosen a side and no amount of persuasion will ever convince you to change. Right?
Then why am I finding myself on the fence?
I've always been a late riser. Happiness is sleeping in past 9. But I feel like I should be getting so much more done during the day, so I've been giving those hours before 9 the hairy eyeball, trying to decide if I want to reclaim them or not.
This should be an easy decision!
Let me walk you through a typical workday:
6:20 am Alarm starts going off. I begin slapping the snooze button.
6:40 am I relent, groan, roll out of bed and pull on my sweats. I stagger down the hallway to drag my son from his bed so he can get ready for school.
6:50 am I check my email, bleary-eyed, while my son gets ready for school. I'm mostly on autopilot, but I am alert enough to make sure he's getting himself ready and hand out reminders as necessary. If my daughter gets up, I send her back to bed.
7:15 am Elias leaves for the bus stop, and I stagger back to bed.
8:30 am My daughter begins pestering me. I roll over and she either climbs into bed and snuggles or heads back to her own room.
9:30 am The pestering wins out and I drag my sorry self from bed, once again feeling guilty for sleeping so long and wondering whether I could possibly handle getting up earlier. I fix breakfast for myself and Maddie, get her hooked up with her favorite show, read email and Facebook while I eat, then start my workday at 10 am.
I could be doing a lot more with those hours in between. Or could I? Do I actually have it in me? Or would I just stare at the screen for two hours waiting for my brain to wake up?
I've read plenty on resetting your circadian rhythm and whatnot. After all, I used to work a job where I had to be in seat doing productive things by 7:30 every morning.
So how valuable is that sleep time? The main question is -- is it more valuable than the work I could be doing during that time?
Next week I'll experiment with getting up a bit earlier. It's spring break for the kiddo, so I won't be getting up quite so early, so maybe it will be a way to gradually ease into it. I'll report back on my success (or lack thereof).