Thursday photo #152

Every week I waste a good proportion of my time wondering how I can stop wasting my time and get more done. I know, how ridiculous. Well anyway this week, I seem to have finally worked it out. There are in fact more hours in the day than I had realised, and I’m starting to reclaim them.

Finding extra hours in the day

For a few weeks now, I’ve been getting up early a couple of mornings a week to go for a run. But when the alarm went off at 6 am, I couldn’t bring myself to just get up. There would be 15 to 20 minutes of dozing, switching off the alarm and sulking and I’d never get out for a run before 6.30 am. So I’ve decided to reclaim that time.

Much as it pained me to do it, this week I got up when my alarm went off at 6 am. I went straight downstairs, turned on the laptop and worked for 20 minutes before leaving for a run at 6.30. This has meant I can publish a blog post and share it on social media first thing in the morning. In order to do that, I had to be organised enough to write them in advance.

I’m not sure I’ll ever be a morning person, but for now this is working well. I’m more productive in the mornings than at night because I find it easier to focus. The house is quiet and there are no distractions. I’m using time that I was previously just wasting and I start the day feeling like I’ve achieved something. This makes me feel more positive before I even leave the house. And with views like this, it always seems worthwhile going out for a run.

A family walk

A couple of years ago, we used to spend whole days out walking with the children and the dogs. Lia would be in a baby carrier and Libby would walk Soxa. Since then, life has got in the way and we haven’t been able to do it. So on Saturday for the first time ever, we all went for a long walk. Me, my husband, the girls and the dogs. The girls both managed to walk all the way and we stopped at a lovely café for tea and cake. It was the perfect day.

Last night we had parents evening at Libby’s school. It was lovely to hear that she is behaving well and has developed some good friendships at school. Apparently she can be a little bossy – I would love to tell you this came as a shock but it really doesn’t. Although I have no idea where she gets it from…

Our Thursday photo #152

This was one of those occasions when I made the mistake of telling the girls that I wanted to take a nice photo of them. So no pulling faces. And of course, they were perfect angels.

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10 Comments

  1. April 6, 2017 / 6:59 am

    The lighter mornings definitely help for getting out of bed. Although height of summer up here and it never really gets dark.

    Great news about your big walk. It’s been a long time coming.

    • monsterid April 7, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      Oh gosh, we definitely need to head up there in the summer, all that light! We’re hoping to make it in May. And yep, we’ve waited our turn for that walk!
      Nat.x

  2. April 6, 2017 / 8:37 am

    Well done getting up early to work and run! That is impressive and definitely makes you feel like you have achieved something early on. I have no idea how you get so many blog posts out though, I’m exhausted every night atm. Love that photo too, angels!! 🙂 x
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    • monsterid April 7, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you. I do go through stages with the blog posts and I tend to get more done when I put a block of time aside to blog rather than trying to write in the evenings.
      Nat.x

  3. April 6, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Love that photo! You know that in years to come you will look back on that photo and smile more than you would if it had been a ‘smile nicely’ kind of pic. Well done on using the early morning productively! It is definitely the best part of the day
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    • monsterid April 7, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Thank you, you’re so right we will look back on it fondly. And I’m starting to agree with you about the start of the day being the most productive!
      Nat.x

  4. April 7, 2017 / 2:48 am

    I wish that I was better at getting up in the mornings. When I start work at 7am I have to be up at 5.45am and manage it but on a day off (if you can call being a mum, a day off) I struggle so much to get up before 7am. I really must get better at it. May get you to phone me and get me up! 🙂

    • monsterid April 7, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Oh gosh yes, I can imagine it would be hard to do it on your days off. I allow myself the weekends to sleep in a bit later. I certainly couldn’t be up that early every day.
      Nat.x

  5. April 9, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I want to reclaim that time. It’s an aim. But I just do what you were and snoozing. Every week I tell myself I will and can do it but I can’t. Not sure if it’s a meds thing as i feel extra groggy….or thats just me making excuses up. Good on you though! It pains me to say it but I’m impressed.

    Glad the Saturday walk was good. Glad parents evening went well too. Bossy? Wonder where she gets that from?
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