I’m not a natural morning person, most mornings it takes great effort for me to leave the warm comfort of my bed. As much as I love lying there, I dislike the rush and frantic nature of the school run that occurs if I do rise late.
Recently I’ve been getting up early, before the boys wake, to enjoy a cup of tea in peace. I am beginning to relish this time sitting at my dining table, in the early light, sipping a cup of green tea. Having lighter mornings as we approach Spring is helping too. I spend this precious time writing lists and planning the day ahead.
Working from home can sometimes be a blessing and a bind. Days spent being your own boss, managing your own time and juggling that work/life balance can sometimes become blurred. My working day is quite short, like most working mums it is sandwiched between morning drop off and pick up (9.30am – 3pm). During this time I work on my freelance deadlines, style a few lifestyle shots, have meetings and write this blog.
I also have to fit in food shopping, house keeping and lunch (!?). So rising early in the morning, ticking off a few emails, writing a couple of blog posts and planning my day is worth its weight in gold. Some where I must fit in exercise! How? Being a writer is quite a sedentary job. I love running, but at the moment find it hard to fit in. It will come I am sure, once the days start getting longer and I can pop out after Dan returns home in the evening.
Right now, I’m enjoying this small slice of solitude, before the madness of the school run descends. How long it will last, this early morning productivity, who knows?
Tell me, are you a morning person?
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.