3 Reasons Why I’m Quitting Waking Up Early

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When I google “waking up early” these were the first 3 headlines I read:

“5 Reasons Why You Should Wake Up Early”

“10 Benefits of Waking Up Early and How to Do it”

“Waking Up Early Has A Ton of Benefits”

Many would agree that this habit is one that should be established.

Because waking up early is a trait of a productive person.

It’s a sign of a well-balanced schedule.

It signifies a polished and refined lifestyle.

Even the Proverbs 31 woman would suggest that rising early is a critical practice to develop and maintain godly living.

She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens. – Prov 31:15

For the past couple years, I have agreed with this concept. I have pursued this desirable discipline of waking up before the crack of dawn to have my quiet time and get a head start on my day.

Now that we have moved, my family’s schedule has changed. Yet I have been, pridefully, trying to maintain my routine of waking up early. Some most mornings, tiredness would claim victory over my good intention.

Here’s what the day was looking like for me.

5am – Alarm goes off
5:15am – Drag myself out of bed
5:25am – Sit on couch with Bible on my lap, forcing my eyeslids to stay open.
6:15isham – Close my Bible, immediately lose all recollection of what I just read, to spend time in prayer. The battle with my eyelids continues.
7:00am – Husband gets up. I get ready for the day – which usually means throwing on a pair of jeans and a shirt. Maybe brush my hair, maybe not.
7:20am – Go sit on the couch to have some “alone time” with my husband before kids wake up. This usually looked like him sitting in his chair on the computer while I sat on the opposite side of the room continuing the battle with my uncooperative eyelids.
7:45ish – Kids wake up. The day begins.
1:30pm – Lunchtime over. My littlest goes down for a nap. I find something for my daughter to do for an hour while I go take one too.
1:40pm – She’s bored and wants something else to do.
1:45pm – Go lay back down in another attempt to take a quick nap.
1:50pm – She’s bored and wants something else to do. Give up my attempt to take a nap.
7:30pm – About the time my husband gets home.
8:15pm – Kids go down to bed.
9:00pm – Kids give up their attempts at stalling bedtime and finally fall asleep.
9:15pm – I’m exhausted and want to go to bed. Haven’t seen my husband all day and he wants me to stay up with him for awhile.
10:30pm – Finally go to bed.
2:00am – My son is in my room next to my face asking for a drink of water.
5:00am – Do it again.

So here are 3 of the problems I was having with my determination to rise early:

  1. I wasn’t getting any sleep.
    I was exhausted all day long! I found that myself becoming quickly irritated and grumpy with my husband and children. Not ok!
  2. I wasn’t having focused quality time in the Word or in Prayer.
    This was my main reason for wanting to get up early. I wanted to have that time alone with God to soak up His Word and His presence. But, when I haven’t gotten any sleep, I must fight to stay focused – and I was losing that battle.
  3. I wasn’t having quality time with my husband.
    Since we’ve moved, his schedule has changed. He is going into work later in the morning, which means he is not getting home until later in the evening. If we wanted to have time together with just the two of us, it had to be later in the evening after the kids fell asleep.

Therefore, I’m quitting waking up early!!

I’ve found that setting my alarm for a little bit later solved many of my problems.

I still have my morning time with the Lord.

The tasks I wanted to get done before the kids woke up, I can do during naptime.

I have time in the evening with my husband.

And I don’t have to do it all under the weight of exhaustion.

I’ve found that I can be more productive, disciplined, polished and refined when I’m willing to let go of my prideful ideologies of perfection and acclimate to whatever schedule works best for my family. Even if that means NOT waking up early!

 

  10 comments for “3 Reasons Why I’m Quitting Waking Up Early

  1. October 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Oh how I can relate. I had to that a few times in my life as well. I always thought we HAD to spend time with God in the morning, when I came to realize we need to speand time with God regardless of the time I was able to adjust my schedule as needed but always putting God first. I like quiet time in the morn and in the evening so I have learned to balance the time to reflect the time that works best for me. And I found out if my laundry doesn’t get put away or if a dish or two (ok dinner dishes) are left in the sick the house doesn’t fall down around me!! Yes getting up early is over rated! I wake up about 30 minutes later than I used to and I go to bed around 1 hr earlier – I learned to turn the tv off and to say no – so I am not too overwhelmed so I can hear God’s voice. And amazing isn’t it that things get done and we are blessed with quality time with God and our families and we get the rest we need. God blesses us when we obey His desire for us.

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    • October 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Yes!!! Putting the Lord first is the key. I’ve actually felt that I need to spend more time throughout the day in His Word. It’s good to have our dedicated Bible study time, but God’s Word is something I need to spend more time “feeding” on. Waking up early was, honestly, a pride thing for me…and I had to just let it go!! 🙂

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  2. Donna Bellairs
    October 14, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Time management. Some people are morning people and some are not, so you managed your time according to your and your family’s needs. Good stewardship of your time…time management. God made us all differently! We sure miss you. So glad you will me more alert no to enjoy your new area!

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    • October 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Miss you too, Donna! Seems like how I manage my time is always shifting :). Guess that comes with this season of having small kiddos.

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  3. October 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Hey this was really helpful. I’m glad that you figured a way to cater to both your family needs and your spiritual needs (:

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    • October 21, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      So glad it was helpful for u! Im finding its a continual adjusting of my schedule. Im a creature of habit, so I just have to remember to let that preference go.

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  4. October 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Oh, yes. I remember those days well! Good for you, Megan, for not wallowing in unnecessary guilt, but rather, bending your schedule to what works best for you and your family at this season of life. It will constantly change as your kiddos grow, and it will get easier to carve out that quiet time at the feet of Jesus too. Blessings to you–may our Lord grace you with restful sleep tonight! 😊

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    • October 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Rebeca! Yes, my days have gone much more smooth since I made this little adjustment 🙂 Blessings on you too!!

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  5. November 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I used to wake up at 5 am to have “morning devotions”. It didn’t take long before I realized that if the sun isn’t up, neither should I be… While I’ve heard many godly men talk about their early mornings, and how they contribute their lifestyle to it, for me it did just the opposite. So, I switched to evening devotions. Sometimes they would last until 2 or 3 in the morning, but most of the time just however long I would have spent in the morning. I found out that spending my evening like this instead of in front of the computer or tv actually made my morning a little easier. I didn’t have the stress of yesterday seeping into the morning.

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    • November 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Thats a great idea! I I like the idea of setting your mind right before bed. Probably helps to sleep better too!

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