11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I used to sleep until the last possible second (after snoozing the alarm a couple of times, of course) and then get up and sprint through my morning routine. I pretty much had it timed to the minute so that I could get to the office at an acceptable time without drawing attention.I’ve never been a morning person, or so I thought. Before I got married, my typical weekday schedule was waking up around 7:30 a.m. and dozing off around 11:15 p.m. as I watched Friends. My morning routine consisted of showering, dressing and grabbing a breakfast Hot Pocket as I dashed out the door. (Don’t judge.) On the weekends, I would go out with friends or binge watch movies until the wee hours of the morning and sleep until 11 a.m. or noon the next day.When I met my husband 10 years ago, my comfortable schedule was interrupted. Rino typically gets up at 4:00 a.m. (That is not a typo.) On the weekends, he would wake me up at 8:00 a.m. Before long, I was going to sleep by 10:00 p.m. and waking up at 7:00 a.m.About two years ago, I was complaining that I didn’t have enough time to myself. Rino suggested I start getting up earlier to have some time in the morning. We had a newborn baby and two other children under five. The thought of waking up early was not appealing to me, yet I craved that personal time. I decided to experiment with getting up one hour earlier—at 6:00 a.m. That experiment has turned into a daily habit that helps me jump-start my day and feel calm and productive.