5 Mistakes to Avoid When Waking Up Early

5 mistakes to avoid when waking up early

It takes a lot of self-awareness and discipline to be purposeful with our time. Even though we are all saying “years are passing by so fast” and “holding my newborn child who is now a tween seems like yesterday,” many of the things we do every day are counter to the knowledge that time is our most precious currency.
I noticed that when I am intentional with my time from the first hours of my day, I tend to continue down the same path.
Equally influential is the opposite action: if I start my day in reactive mode, my hours will very likely be spent responding to other people and their requests.

Going to bed too late

This one’s quite simple. To make this a sustainable habit that brings joy and satisfaction, you must tend to one of our primary needs – adequate rest.
Achieving sleep of good quality and a reasonable length is one of the most important pillars to set as you embark on this journey.
I believe we all crave personal time. If we choose to spend “me” time in the evening, we just put ourselves last, after the children, partner, our work, and household.
If however, we hold that space in the morning, we are just shifting the priorities and start taking care of ourselves FIRST. Before anything and anybody else.

Having no purpose or plan with your time

Developing a morning routine that works will probably take some time and experimentation. But it doesn’t just happen freely, suddenly or unintentionally.
Think about what will bring you great pleasure and what will give you the feeling of getting things right.
What is the one thing that if you do, everything else will fall into place more smoothly?
For me that one activity is writing. So every single morning, after my self-care, I write.


It is very tempting to make a list of all that needs to be done and attempt to do it in the morning, productivity-bunny style. While for some people this approach may work, for others it will lead to overwhelm. And that never ends well, as we will be more likely to throw in the towel and abandon all plans.
So choose one. Only one thing to focus on.
Reading two pages.
Five sun salutations.
Writing for 10 minutes.
Plank for 30 seconds.
Sort through 100 photos every morning.
Make the task so small, and it will be ridiculous NOT to do it.

Getting into “respond” mode rather than “create” mode

This is a dangerous slide of the abundant world we live in. We have options, countless sources of information, multiple “best” diets/news/beauty products/fashion/advice. So we find ourselves in the middle of it all, trying to respond to all these stimuli.
When it’s not that, it’s other people’s timelines, emails, stories or agenda. We get reactive, not creative. We respond to what is being thrown at us, rather than filter mindfully what comes our way. And the best way to do that is to not engage in any activity that demands passivity or reactiveness, be it social media, email, or TV.
Instead, move into making something. Anything. But make it yours.

Doing chores

All the moms I talk to or work with, universally complain about how much they do. The amount of overwhelm is directly linked to all the things only THEY can do – laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, tidying, shopping, chopping or mopping.
If you are committed to waking up earlier, this is the time for YOU. Not to say that chores are not valuable and meaningful. But they are certainly not the kind of activity that will make you grow as a person.

Early, quiet mornings are for your mind, body, and soul. To nourish and to celebrate yourself, independent of anybody else’s desires.
They are an invitation to start the day on the right foot, prioritizing your needs and aspirations. It’s time to make your wellbeing the first point on the agenda. How will you start?

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