Source | LinkedIn : By Jaslyn Ng
I am a working mother to two young adorable kids of aged 5 and 3 respectively. For those who are parents like myself, most of us have our time segregated into these three main pillars:
• Sleep; and
There is hardly any balance time for any “Me-Time” for ourselves. Even simple acts like going for a haircut and facial require advance planning within the family network to ensure that the kids are being taken care of.
This was the most compelling reason which triggered me to start this habit. Sleep is the only time that I can sacrifice to create more “Me-Time” for myself without encroaching into any of the above 3 pillars. The idea is not to do any trade-off; instead the intent is to create additional time. Being a morning person, it also made sense that I spend the extra morning hours on activities such as reading, studying and exercise which require high level of focus in an undisturbed state.
When I first embarked on this journey to develop a habit of waking up at 5am every day, there was a lot of self-doubt. I am a sleep lover and would drag my feet to wake up every morning at 7am. My alarm clock timings are usually set at 6am, 6.30am and finally 7am. The first and second alarm clock timings are fundamentally feel-good psychological effects created for myself that “Yes! There is more time and that I can sleep in!”
With that in mind, I wondered to myself, “Is waking up 2 hours earlier every day at 5am a possible feat?”, “Even if I can do it, is it possible for me to sustain over a period of 3 months?”
At that point, I was thankful to have attended Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) course. Concurrently I was indoctrinated with many motivational quotes. Finally this was the one deeply etched in my mind which gave me the final spur to give it a try.