When most people hear their alarm clock go off an immediate sense of dread sets in. On the other hand, there are those of us who like hearing the alarm and jumping out of bed. There's a little bit of peace that I get from being awake and doing things for myself before the workday starts.
Most morning people I know say that the quiet is their favorite part of the morning. When the rest of the world is quiet it's easier to focus. This makes morning a great time for meditation, exercise, or journaling. The lack of distractions allows for an ideal environment to listen to your thoughts and connect with your feelings.
When you're up early you get the gift of undisturbed time to do things at your own pace. Self-care and chores are easier for me to bear when I putz through them. I prefer to move slowly and waking up early allows me to not feel rushed out the door and into the office. When I arrive at my desk relaxed it's easier to plan the day and get through my inbox.
Now, I know what you're thinking... All of this sounds great but, if I have to get up at 6:00am everyday when am I going to sleep? I go to bed around 10:00pm most nights. I know, 10:00pm is early, very early for most people. I usually start to feel worn down at 9:00pm and indulge in things that are unproductive (too much screen time while looking at the same social media posts I saw back at seven or I start entertaining anxious thoughts about tomorrow). When I see myself doing things that aren't worth being awake for is when I start my bed time routine.
Now to talk about weekends... Do I wake up at 6:00am? Yep. I find that it's easiest for me to sleep through the night when I'm consistent. Sometimes this makes me the girl who leaves the party before midnight and I'm okay with that. I get to duck out before the night peaks and everyone is having a good time. Leaving early also keeps me from overindulging in too many drinks or late night snacks. Trust me, you'll thank yourself the next day when you wake up without a hang over and can make the most of your non-working hours.