This is not a joke.
I don’t even set an alarm to get up in the morning anymore.
It’s pretty much like clock work that between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. I’m awakened by my cats.
And now any normal person reading this is thinking that a 6:30/7 a.m. alarm (if not earlier) is typical for any adult — what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that I’m not a morning person. The deal is that in life B.C. (before cats), I’d wake up around 9 a.m., shower and head to work and walk through the door by 10 or 11 a.m. And the deal is that I don’t usually go to sleep until 1 a.m.
Dexter (Cat #1) has figured out three things. One: I’m a light sleeper and loud noises wake me up. Two: Waking up to loud noises is annoying enough to get me out of bed to make it stop. Three: I will make him stop rattling the blinds by giving him food. And he’s all about the food.
Archie (Cat #2) is clueless. If he sees me move in the morning, he gets all lovey-dovey and wants to snuggle. But he has an odd way of snuggling. He’ll either get right up in my face with his too-warm-for-comfort cat body or he’ll fall asleep above my head or on any part of my pillow that is unoccupied. “Food? Ok, food but then hold me.” is pretty much his morning motto.
Needless to say, waking up in the morning is still a love-hate relationship. I’m not a fan of starting the day off mad because of Dexter, and on the other hand, waking up to Archie is the cutest dang thing. Either way they both just want to be fed. And I need coffee.
For the past two week I’ve decided to make this whole “cat alarm” thing work to my advantage. Now when Dexter’s noises (and I suppose Archie’s, too) wake me up, I go feed them, eat a good breakfast, start my work day checking emails and going through social media, doing a few dishes and then showering and head to work.
This slow start approach to my mornings has done a few positive things for me:
- I’m spending less money. No more temptation to drive through Starbucks or dropping by Panera or Bruegger’s to get a coffee (and/or a bagel). I make my cup of joe at home.
- I eat breakfast. Yes, more breakfast and less lunch means more work gets done at the office. And the things that I do eat are healthier.
- I’m more prepared and less stressed. I spend a little time cleaning in the morning so that when I get home from work, there’s less to be done and it’s easier to wind down and relax. And because I ease into my work day, there’s less panic about how many things I’m checking off of my to-do list. I can already cross a few things off by the time I sit down at my desk.
Maybe there is hope for this night owl.