A few weeks ago, the pastor at my church observed, "Every time you hit the snooze button you defer your dreams by 9 minutes." While I hadn't thought of it in those terms, I do view my alarm clock as an important part of ensuring I am able to accomplish the work ahead of me and make progress on my priorities. I have also recognized that hitting the snooze button is a sure-fire way to impede - or completely forestall - my best intentions.
During my marathoning days, every repetition of the snooze button would cost me a 1.25 miles of my weekly quota. When I relied on the city bus for my commute to work, hitting the snooze button even once often meant the difference between arriving to work on time with tea in hand or scrambling to slide into my desk before the first meeting of the day frazzled and frustrated.
In my current reality, the pre-dawn hours are the one time of day I can count on not being disturbed. The babe and her father are sleeping soundly, the surrounding streets are quiet, and world seems a gentle and manageable place. I use the window between waking and meeting my first client to read, journal, pray, and prepare for the day. If I give in to the temptation to sleep "just a few more minutes," I sacrifice the invaluable opportunity to greet the day mindfully, with negative repercussions for my own state of mind and my interactions with others.
You don't need to be a morning person to benefit from the discipline of establishing - and maintaining - a consistent wake up time and routine. If you set your alarm a bit earlier (and honored it), what value might you be able to add to your day? Could you find time to read the paper? Take a walk? Move through a few sun salutations? Eat a balanced breakfast? Savor a cup of tea or coffee? Invest an hour in your long-neglected writing/painting/photography passion?
Give it a try and see what happens...
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