Waking up Before the Sun

This morning’s post is on my plan to wake up earlier than usual and the benefits that may go along with that. Everyone’s different, working different schedules, having different commutes, and different bed times and family lives; waking up early may not be possible for  everyone. However, for those that can, this is my take on it… ⏰

For 10 years I worked as a barista at Starbucks. The hours I typically worked were 4:30am to 1pm. My commute was about 15 minutes. Although I traveled to the east, it was still too early to see the sun. However, there was something neat and rewarding about being awake before most of the world and I enjoyed the peaceful drive with no other traffic on the roads. Usually I felt more productive on those days, but I have to be honest that sometimes I had to go home immediately and nap afterwards…it was a hard schedule to get used to for me personally, so now I’m just gonna shoot for 6am since I haven’t been doing that barista-ing for over a year now. (6am is still before the sunrise this time of year).

Why 6am?

* For me, it’s a good time because it’s a little before my daughter is up for school, allowing me to have peace doing small things around the house. Example: I could write a blog, do a little reading, take a shower, meditate or do yoga etc.

* Nobody likes feeling rushed. I’ve been that Mom who jumps out of bed at the very last minute realizing we have 30 mins before the bus comes! I’d rather take my time and enjoy our morning. I also dislike the feeling of hitting the snooze button over and over and over…I’d rather just spring into action by knowing my extra hours awake will be enjoyable.

* Its nice starting off writing that day’s goals and to do list. I’m definitely a list person, and I know that’d make me feel more accomplished right off the bat.

* I don’t need 10 hours of sleep. I go to bed every night around 11. I could easily get by with 6-8 hours of sleep each night because my body just feels sluggish the more I lounge and sleep. Waking up at 6 is no stretch for me.

I’m mainly wanting to make a change in order to be more productive. Often times I find that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to. Hope you have a great schedule that works for you, and if not…create one 🙂

thanks for reading!



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One thought on “Waking up Before the Sun

  1. Ever since working at Starbucks, I’ve never used the snooze button! I think it feels like you’re getting more rest by easing out of bed, but to me it just makes it harder. I end up just laying there dreading the next alarm, so it’s not really quality rest anyway.

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