(Note from Kat: This is a guest post from the always wonderful Michelle.)
After weeks of prepping, sorting and emailing, the newest session of the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge is off and running like a Kentucky racehorse!
Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with a steady mix of encouraging words and desperate pleas for more coffee.
If you’re new to the Maximize Your Mornings Challenge, you may be wondering how to begin.
Step 1: Get Out Of Bed!
Our first goal is simply to get out of bed! Everyday, when the alarm goes off, resist the urge to hit snooze and roll over.
Tip: Establishing a consistent wake-up time will make your mornings happen more easily.
Is your challenge actually getting to bed? Then your assignment is to choose a bedtime and stick to it!
Give yourself permission to go to sleep. You deserve it. You’ll thank yourself in the morning!
When Should I Wake Up?
Whenever works for you and your family.
There is no magic, one-size-fits-all number!
What time would give you enough time for quiet time, exercise, and planning each day before your house gets busy?
If that time is close to your current waking time, great! If the two are miles apart, you may want to adjust your alarm and internal clock gradually.
It will be much better for long-term success to do it this way. There are no bonus points for waking up cold turkey!
When Should I Go to Bed?
You probably need around 7.5 hours of sleep. If you have children and you’re lucky, they sleep 10-11 hours a night. (That was the average of a recent Twitter poll.)
Try fitting your 7.5 hours within their 10-11, leaving enough time in the morning to accomplish what you want.
This is the most important part of making a morning routine work!
You may be able to keep late hours and still wake up early for a few weeks, maybe longer. But it will catch up to you, leaving you burnt out.
If you want to see long-term results, get enough sleep!
1. Print the eBook.
2. Read pages 1-6 & page 20 of the eBook.
3. Set your alarm.
4. Go to bed on time.
5. Get out of Bed!
You can connect virtually with over 800 other women waking up early!
Facebook: Stop by the Inspired to Action page for encouragement!
Twitter: Use hashtag #hellomornings to jump in and say “Good Morning!”
Email: Form your own group of encouragers!
We know that getting up early isn’t easy, so we thought we’d make it a little more fun by throwing in some giveaways!! Our wonderful friend Erin from HomeWithTheBoys, is lining up some really fun prizes.
So to kick off our weekly giveaways, we have something to help you with that morning quiet time!
Tyndale House is giving away a copy of the One Year Bible for Women! This special edition of the best-selling One Year Bible includes encouraging inspirational thoughts to boost your faith and brighten your day! This New Living Translation Bible provides 15-minute daily reading portions – just perfect to maximize your mornings! Plus, I think it’s pretty – doesn’t that make it even better?!
How To Enter
There are four ways to enter the giveaway.
1. Leave a comment and tell us how your mornings are going or share an encouragement.
2. Tweet this week in the main #hellomornings stream on Twitter.
3. Share an encouragement this week on Facebook.
4. MYM Challenge participants can also enter by interacting with your MYM Accountability Group (via Twitter or Facebook.
We will pick one winner this week to be announced next Friday.
We want you to stay connected, because we know that community is a huge key to your success!