If I go to bed later, I am usually spending my time watching TV or reading. But, if I wake up earlier I am more likely to exercise and have a quiet time.
How about you? What happens when you stay up later? What is different when you wake up earlier?
Here’s an idea for this week to try out: go to bed ½ hour earlier and wake up ½ earlier than usual.
How? Your day is so packed, you are running till you crash on the couch. At bedtime you are still so tense from the day you need to unwind. Here are a few suggestions: have the whole family do chores right after dinner to get them out of the way, prepare for tomorrow earlier, don’t watch TV shows close to bedtime that get your heart pumping, play relaxing music instead. If you get your need to dos done earlier, then you can get into bed about 1/2 hour before you want to sleep to cuddle, read, journal, listen to music or any activity you find soothing. Ideally you would be getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night or your energy level and productivity probably won’t be going up.
What will you do with that extra 1/2 hour?