While on vacation, sitting in beach chairs as the surf pushed wet sand over our feet, Hubby and I began discussing changes we wanted to make in our lives. We were relaxed and idealistic—side effects of the salt air and constant perfect breeze. During our little chat, we decided to get up an hour earlier during the workweek. On weekends, we’d allow ourselves the luxury of sleeping in one and a half hours later than our new workweek wake-up time.

After a full week of rising early, I can report we met our goal. As was expected, we were more productive in the morning, making the evenings less hectic. I’ve eaten a healthy, solid breakfast every morning. We kept up with the bills daily and I arrived at work on time all week.

By the weekend, we were physically unable to get up a mere one and a half hours later than our weekday time. Our weekend mornings were not our own, as we’d imagined they would be by taking them back with our new early-rising plan. We did not make it to the farmers’ market. We did not begin a much-needed house project. Rather, we recovered from our bleary week of getting up before the chickens.

What we learned from our experiment is that foresight is not 20/20, like its counterpart hindsight. Foresight is clearly impaired by salt air, soft breezes, crashing waves and too much relaxation.

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, writer and content manager is the author of Thurston T. Turtle books.
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