The Foundation Of My Schedule

I've known it for several years now. After having 3+ children, the most important foundation for a smooth running day is rising early, before my children. I am able to wake up, spend time in God's word, and enjoy my morning coffee while it's hot. (I can't tell you how many cups of coffee have gone forgotten!) obx sunrise by jonimcp, on Pix-O-Sphere

Last summer I joined up with the #HelloMornings group on Twitter. It was so awesome! I was able to get up just about every morning and prepare for my day. Then I had a baby. It is now seven months later, and I have been struggling with Hello Mornings ever since. Until this week. God has given me a gift by allowing my baby to sleep through the night 3 times this week. This has enabled me to sleep and rise early. Which is ironic since this was my challenge for this week.

Here's how my mornings went this week:

Monday {Day 1} - This morning I woke up at 5:45am. I almost didn't, but because I knew I had to "answer" this week to the Homemakers Challenge, I got up. {amazing, huh?} I read my Bible {Blogging Through the Gospels} and did a little journaling. I checked in with Hello Mornings on Twitter (#hellomornings). What an encouragement, let me tell you! I was also able to read a bit of One Thousand Gifts, get dressed, brush my hair, and put on some Burt's Bees lotion because the fragrance makes me smile. :) The hardest part was getting out of bed--a mere 5 minute battle.

Tuesday {Day 2} - I was again tempted to sleep in. I gather this will be a daily temptation. I have to admit, this challenge has been my accountability to get me out of bed. I am so glad--I may have to make this a more permanent solution, hmmm? I read two chapters in the Gospel of Matthew, paying particular attention to Matthew 3:10. Bottom line? I want to be producing fruit, so I must be sure my roots are planted deep in Christ, and not shallow self.

Wednesday {Day 3} - Was able to get up about 15 minutes earlier (so about 5:30am). I cannot tell you the difference this makes on my entire day. I am more motivated and "ready to go" when the children wake up and I just keep going. I'm not dragging my feet and then feeling guilty the rest of the day as a result. It is so worth the tiny amount of discomfort (the first 5-10 minutes of getting out of bed) to redeem the entire day.

Thursday {Day 4} - *Sigh* OK, today was a FAIL. But, I did get up at 5:30am (with the baby)and turned the computer on to "check in" via Twitter. I didn't set the coffee last night. I didn't set the coffee last night. So because it wasn't readily available for my groggy self, I went back to bed. But, I won't make that mistake again and I'm moving on!

All in all, this week has been much more productive as a result of my getting up early. The Homemakers Challenge helped get me out of bed. Each morning I have been tempted to stay in bed, but knowing I was doing this challenge made me get up. :)

What part of your schedule did you work to implement this week?

If you're new, or didn't join the HOMEmakers Challenge this week, share with us what you would like to see implemented from your schedule to help with smooth running days.

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