Are You A Morning Person?

In our house on weekdays, the alarm normally arouses the adults from blissful sleep at 5:45 am. Routine then kicks in and our weary bodies go onto autopilot. Fionnuala commences the Herculean act of getting a bouncing eleven year old and two zombie teenagers out of the house and on their way to school. Uniforms are ironed, lunches are packed and there is much hollering which would raise the dead, but not seemingly a sixteen year old boy.

I’m largely entrusted to get myself ready for work, although Fionnuala might have something to say about that. I stumble out of bed, wash and shave, before dressing and making my way downstairs to bedlam and my first Diet Coke of the day. Slices of toast are hurriedly shoved down throats and then we are all on our way, via bus and train, to our respective schools and workplaces.

Weekends are not much better. Yesterday Adam had a rugby match so I had to have him at his school for 8:45 am. It was worth the early start as they won 57-5 but lie ins are a rare commodity these days. Today, we all had to be up early as we have visitors calling so have to ensure the house is ship shape and ready. It’s little wonder, Fionnuala and I are ready for bed by 10 pm most nights. The all night partying is a distant memory when you’re married with three kids.

It’s fair to say, we are morning people out of necessity more than any great desire to be. If I had a choice, not that I do anymore, I’d much rather remain under the covers as the first rays of morning creep over the horizon. I often claim I’m going to arise for magnificent dawn runs which will leave me energised and inspired for the day ahead. This rarely happens, and my running gear remains untouched at the bottom of the bed.

The same goes for those people who bounce out of bed, stick on a pot of coffee and get tonnes done before the rest of the world stirs. There have been books written about how that first hour of the day can be the most productive. Sorry, that’s just not me. It takes at least an hour for both my body and brain to crank into gear. And anyway, I hate coffee, so I’ll just leave all you Perky Pete and Paula’s to it.

I’d love to be a morning person, truly I would. I could accomplish so much. Sometimes there is so much stuff to wade through that I would happily welcome a thirty hour day. I feel bad when I don’t make that early morning run, when I don’t finish the chapter I had planned to, when I overlook a task or errand that needs ticked off the list in order to keep family life trundling along like a well oiled machine.

Something always seems to have to give. Everything can’t be a priority. Why can’t I be everywhere at once, doing everything at once? Why can’t I keep all the balls in the air at the same time? It’s at times like this, I need to take a deep breath. Turn off panic mode. Shift from negative self-reflection to positive assertion. Focus on what I have achieved from day to day. The runs that did happen, the words that were written, the million and one tasks that were completed.

No, I’m not a perfect husband, father, employee or person. But at least, I recognise that. And I try every day to get the job done, to get from A to B as best I can with the skills that God blessed me with. Trying is sometimes all we can manage. Trying is trying. But it’s better than dying. Dying in a morass of mediocrity and apathy. Giving up and giving in, when there are still battles to be fought and one.

I’m going to try again this morning….

Are you a morning person?

Are you too hard on yourself?

Or can you try harder than you have been?

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  1. I am a morning person! Then again, I dont always sleep good. Sometimes I dont sleep at all! My friend insomnia plagues me! Trying is good enough though! All we have is now, and all we can do is try! xox

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  2. Good morning, I am a morning person. However, if I do not wake with intention for spending time with God, study and writing, then my time is wasted as it is other parts of the day. Self-discipline is necessary. I try but am far from perfect. Have a blessed Sunday!

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  3. I am a morning person. I wake up, without the benefit of an alarm clock, anytime between the hours of 4 – 5 a.m. If I sleep until 6 a.m., that’s “sleeping in” for me! I am most productive before noon. I don’t believe that we are supposed to fill every blessed hour with activity.

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  4. Nope, not a morning person! Never have been. But I’m also not a night owl! There is a meme that says “I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of an permanently exhausted pigeon.” LOL

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  5. Drgh? Mplugb mmm gupah. Gggmml mornings.

    Hmm. I shouldn’t type before my brain’s awake. I think I was trying to say I also rise without coffee and would rather sleep.

    I’m an omniperson because of being a housewife and mother. I feel like I’m running a darned farm most days.

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  6. Not a morning person at all. It takes me two hours to be fully functional. I overslept in a major way today. The coffee in the pot was almost too old. My husband is a morning person! I’m now ok with it. It is who I am and since I don’t have to get up early it’s ok.

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  7. I relate to that meme so deeply, I’m not a morning person though many times I wish that I was. My natural rhythm is to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to rising at 6 am to get to work on time is a constant struggle. Hopefully my body will adjust one of these days!

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  8. I am a morning person all the way. I have been as long as I can remember. I never sleep past 8. Except the one time I slept until 10am and only woke up because someone texted me. That was a very unusual but very nice surprise. I find it to be a nice surprise when I wake up at 7.

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  9. If I get enough sleep I can be a morning person but I respect people like my husband who are not morning people. Everyone is different and as long as you are trying your best by the end of the day you have done well 🙂

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  10. I wake early. That doesn’t mean I’m a morning person. I get up and have a routine but I don’t want to communicate with anyone for about an hour, needing time to myself. The quiet of the morning is just lovely, which is why I enjoy getting up before everyone else. Just don’t try to talk to me…please!

    I’m amazed at families that can manage the chaos of the am and be out of the house with some semblance of normalcy, or at least looking like it. It’s incredible and kudos to you and Fionnuala for pulling it off with three children.

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  11. Never thought of myself as a morning person till I got into the Army. Being up at 4 AM to do PT usually brought out the worst in people, but not me. I was up and had attended to my tasks before 4 AM, and was ready to go when Reveille sounded.

    I know a guy who’s always on. He’s one of those really rare people who can get by just fine on an hour or two sleep a day. His kids are just like him. Him and his wife separated years ago because of it. While she was desperately trying to get a good nights rest, he and the kids were up watching TV, playing Games, out in the yard gardening (he’d put up large floodlights so he could work outside at night). When they parted, she didn’t even think about asking for custody of the children.

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  12. Yeah, I’d say I’m a morning person. Mornings are pretty productive for me, and I do enjoy them!
    How many Diet Cokes do you drink per day?!
    Nice game, Adam!
    I love your philosophy of just doing what needs to be done and doing your best. It is the daily attitude I strive for.
    Sorry, that was random.

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  13. I am a morning person but I don’t always wake up full of energy. Sometimes my brain and body are on slow mode for an hour or two and sometimes I wake up ready to go.

    But I am typically up by 5, if not before. But that is usually because that is when God awakes me and puts me to work.

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      1. We are generally in bed by 9 p.m. We are not late night people. We function best early in the daytime.

        I do well having my times with God each day before the rest of America is up and calling on the phone or knocking on the door. It is so quiet and peaceful early in the morning.

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  14. That meme is life xD !

    Currently, it is 15 minutes till 4 am here…soooooo. I have not gone to bed yet. Never been a partier but always a night owl. I definitely am too hard on myself.

    Those morning people, I have stayed up watching the sunrise…but that’s not the same thing. I’ve heard the same. Watched videos and read articles about morning people and being productive. When I get up early and am productive, very grateful for it. But other times I make it to the couch and crash. I walked like ten feet xD ! I do like coffee but with cream and sugar…so…I know some true coffee fans would not be pleased. Haha. I’ve been wanting to try matcha, it’s a type of green tea and is supposed to give energy like coffee, but better benefits.

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