Earlier the Better


Years ago, I worked at a warehouse of an internationally known company. I loved that job! It wasn’t because of the work I did necessarily. It was because of the hours. My drive to work each day began at 4am. The commute was about 30 minutes away and the traffic was practically non-existent at that time of day.

The moon still sat in the sky and the darkness of the early morning surrounded me. There was no noise, no distractions and people were few and far between. Those peaceful mornings prepared me for the day ahead. I arrived at work calm and ready for whatever came my way.

The same still applies. My day is often determined by my morning. If the morning starts off well, the day normally ends well. The best mornings are those when I wake up before anyone else in my home. The mornings where I can drink my coffee in peace, and the only sounds I hear are my own, or the birds singing outside the window.

On the weekends, my alarm is usually set an hour before everyone else is scheduled to wake up. Otherwise, I will be awakened by dishes clanking together, the noises of household projects being worked on, or obnoxious music. Waking up at party central or inside of a construction zone is not my idea of a good morning.

I learned that lesson several years ago, while living with a roommate. She had a terrible routine of coming home during the middle of the night and deciding to cook, clean and re-organize the house. It’s interesting how people conveniently forget that other residents in their home are sleeping.

The quiet solitude of the morning is precious to me, and needful. So the earlier my day begins, the better. For me, that feeling of peace cannot be found at any other time of day.


This post is a part of the Daily Prompt: Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? What’s your most productive time of day? When do you do your best work?


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23 Responses to Earlier the Better

  1. Excellent response to the challenge! I like to be up before Mr. T, and have done that for years – up and showered and ready to face the day before he gets up. Now that he’s a teenager, I expected to be able to sleep more, but there are times he is beating me up on the weekends! I don’t like that! lol


  2. I love my mornings in peace and have practiced the same as you for many years πŸ™‚


  3. suzjones says:

    I am always up before the rest of the house. Sometimes I sleep in but I’m generally the first up. There is something magical about waking up when the stars are still in the sky and then listening to the world begin to wake up around you. Colour comes into the sky and the birds call to each other. It is magical.


  4. Although I’m a night owl, I do love the early morning… from about 4ish or so. It’s just as peaceful as the night and I love hearing the birds wake and start chirping as the morning sky lights up.


    • mewhoami says:

      I’ve heard people say it’s peaceful at night, but I’ve yet to experience that unless I’m tucked away in the mountains somewhere. The birds and the morning sky are beautiful.


  5. My natural preference is to be a late owl. But because of work and working out I am now an early bird. Ideally I would love to stay up late and get up super early. πŸ˜‰ Those are the quietest hours of any day. And I like them on both ends of the day.


  6. Glynis Jolly says:

    I long for those quiet mornings. So much so that I’ve started my writing project with my main character sipping coffee at 4:30 in the morning. I don’t have the luxury of getting up early these days. So that this household will function more or less normally, I get up when my husband does. His work is on the 2nd shift and that’s when I get to work quietly.


    • mewhoami says:

      It’s nice that even though you personally can’t experience it, you can live vicariously through your character. That’s a great way to experience life in a way that we couldn’t otherwise.


  7. April says:

    Hey! I used to work in a warehouse. I worked for a third party warehouse (we stocked and shipped merchandise for many different companies, and shipped their orders to various customers). I worked in the office processing orders…..or if it was slow, I would help the warehouse workers with inventory checks. Anyway….I’m a morning person as well. I agree with Sue, watching the stars disappear, the sun rise, and the birds singing, is magical.


  8. moi says:

    Whilst I am so not a morning person, I loved your description where you said “The moon still sat in the sky and the darkness of the early morning surrounded me. There was no noise, no distractions and people were few and far between.”


  9. Jenni says:

    It’s the same reason I stay up after everyone has gone to sleep, just to enjoy the peace in the house and in my mind.


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