Usually, my mornings are frantic. I wake up 15 minutes before I need to leave the house and rush around like a madwoman trying to gather my things, comb through my hair, brush my teeth, make coffee, microwave some type of food for breakfast, and get out the door before 7:20, the last possible second that I can leave and be close to on time for work.
When I had a long commute, I was never like this. Living 7 minutes from where I work has turned me into a morning procrastinator. I am lulled into a false sense of having plenty of time.
This morning, though, I miraculously woke up before my alarm, at 6:02. I was especially shocked by this because of the time change. I assumed that I'd be sluggishly rolling out of bed at the last minute today, snoozing my alarm to get every precious moment of sleep. Unexpectedly, I was wide awake much earlier than usual.
I used the time to sip coffee in bed and watch Morning Joe with my husband. My dog army-crawled between us in bed and absorbed as much love as she could. Then I got out of bed and left for school by 7:05. When I got to school at 7:15, it was still dark. My classroom neighbors weren't here yet- which felt super unusual, as I'm usually rolling in right as the bell rings, chiming "good morning!" into all the open doors as I pass. I accomplished a few tasks in the 20 minutes before students started arriving.
Now I'm thinking, what would my days be like if i woke up at my first alarm every day? How much more could I accomplish? Would starting my mornings at a slower pace make my days seem less stressful? Or will I just be sleepier this afternoon since I got 30 minutes less sleep?
I'm not sure if I'll be able to change my bad morning habits, but this morning was a nice way to start what is going to be a busy week.