This is not my first time to do the challenge - actually, I can't remember if it's my fifth or sixth challenge - but I still find myself struggling from time to time. My biggest challenge isn't getting up early. After finally finishing three years of juggling full-time college with a family and an almost full-time job, a 6:00 a.m. wakeup is considered "sleeping in" for me. I can get up with no problem. What I struggle with is staying focused.
Too many times, my morning goes like this:
5:00 a.m. - Get up, check emails on phone, make coffee
5:10 a.m. - Check in on Twitter
5:15 a.m. - Still on Twitter, because I had to read more about that post
5:20 a.m. - Chatting on Twitter
5:25 a.m. - Move to Facebook
5:30 a.m. - Check Pinterest
5:45 a.m. - Finally pick up my Bible and journal
6:00 a.m. - Back to my phone to follow up on an email
Ok, y'all, fess up - I know I'm not the only one who battles distractions!
My morning time is limited. I often have to leave my house at 7:00, and I want to maximize my time. I have a few strategies I'm using to help curb distractions and keep me focused:
Create a schedule.
I wrote out a simple schedule a few months ago to help me stay focused. If I find myself wandering, I go back to this. Sure, checking in with my group is important - but spending time in the Word is much more important.
Set a timer for your phone or computer time.
Limit yourself - whether it's five minutes or thirty minutes, decide what is absolutely essential to start your day, and stick with it.
Let your Hello Mornings group know you're struggling. They are there to help you - and they have probably struggled with same issue at some point.
Stick with it and finish strong!