The Maximize Your Mornings Challenge Is Here!
A note from Kat: My wonderful friend Michelle is leading the way in the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge. I’m SO excited about this. I know there are a lot of you who want to start a morning routine, but could use some help. Michelle to the rescue! I hope you’ll all join us … take it away Michelle….
And So It Begins…
It’s time to start maximizing our mornings together! Everyone is welcome to participate. You can get caught up here if you’re hearing about it for the first time. Are you ready?
Did you print the Maximize Your Mornings ebook? (hint) We’ll be working through the steps together every Friday and putting it into practice during the week.
Take a minute to look through the eBook and familiarize yourself with it, if you haven’t. I have a deep love of page protectors, so I slid mine into a binder. You may find it useful to post the Progress Chart on your refrigerator and the Prayer Calendar with your Bible. Do whatever works for you!
If you want to add all the steps at once, great! We’ll be focusing on adding one new step each week.
Step 1: Get Out Of Bed!
For this week, our goal is simply to get out of bed! Everyday, when the alarm goes off, resist the urge to hit snooze and roll over. Let’s throw off those covers and say “Hello Morning!” together!
For some of you, the challenge is actually getting to bed. So for this first week, choose a bedtime and stick to it!
When Should I Wake Up?
There is an art to choosing a wake-up time. There is no magic number! First, think of what the ideal time would be to give you enough time for quiet time, exercise, and planning each day. Now compare that to the actual time you have been waking up. Choose a time in between as your first goal. It will be much easier to have success if you gradually push back your wake-up times. (You don’t have to be at your ideal time by the end of the month- just working toward it!)
When Should I Go to Bed?
This question was asked on Twitter, and the consensus was around 7.5 hours before you need to wake up. Do the math and give yourself a bedtime. I am convinced that this is the most important part of making a morning routine work! You may be able to keep later hours while waking up early for a few weeks, maybe longer. But eventually, it will catch up to you and you won’t be very pleasant to be around. Get enough sleep!
For yourself. For your family. For the rest of us!
Don’t forget to follow along on Twitter for encouragement using #hellomornings. If you’re new to Twitter, follow Kat @inspired2action and myself @michellebygrace, and we’ll make sure you know some people there!
(Note from Kat: And if Twitter isn’t your thing, I’ve started a welcome message on our forum for everyone participating in the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge.)
Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 NIV
Are you ready? Let’s do this!
1. Print the eBook.
2. Leave a comment letting us know you’re on board!
3. Read pages 1-6 & page 20 of the eBook.
4. Find an accountability partner.
5. Set your alarm.
6. Get out of Bed!
If you’d like to write about your progress on the challenge on your blog, please add your link here so we can all get to know one another better and cheer each other on!
Michelle’s a crazy-dancing, Jesus-loving, undomesticated transplant in Amish country. This teacher & eternal student enjoys biting off more than she can chew & sharing the juicy bits at So, I married a Mennoniteâ€¦. When she’s not goofing around on Twitter, you can find her keeping stride with two lively boys & wondering where she put her phone. Leave a Comment