Not Enough Hours In The Day

NOT ENOUGH HOURSE IN THE DAY WORKING MUMSo we’ve all heard the saying ‘Beyonce has as many hours in the day as you’, well I’ve dabbled (very briefly) in the past with getting up early to achieve more but there were ‘secret’ strings attached. I was reading ‘Miracle Morning’ at the time and very in to this ‘law of attraction’ thing so I think there was a vision board involved? It was just not me at all so there’s no wonder I didn’t stick to it.

Fast forward a couple of years and I feel like I have even less time in my day. Who knew that kids became more demanding the older they got? I thought I was over the hump but NO! So I’m up at 6.30 (an hour and a half before I usually roll out of bed at the very last moment each morning) to edit my new podcast and write up this post.

Aside from wanting to get more done I have one main focus here, I want to be able to schedule time to play with Milo. Ella is 12 and basically wants nothing to do with me so the most time she requires is when she needs help printing her homework 3 minutes before we leave for school, but Milo? It’s constant and I feel like I’m constantly saying no. As I talked about in this post, when I’m not working I want just a sliver of down time that doesn’t involve costumes, sword fights or lego but I also want to make room for that so my son doesn’t start seeing me as the parent who never plays.

Fun Fact: The moment I sat down on the sofa this morning, Milo came in with a huge smile on his face holding his iPad. I had to tell him to go back to bed. I feel awful. I’ve woken up early to work so that I can dedicate some real time to him in the evenings and not have to push him away, the irony will be very much lost on him but is painful for me.

Another thing, how do all these motivational gurus get up at 5 without getting a clout from their bedmate? I felt like 6/6.30 was the very earliest I could fairly disturb my husband (a very light sleeper) up with my alarm. 5am is potentially disruptive to the entire house! Do these people all live alone with no ankle biters (the human kind) seeing the early morning as a chance to play or watch Ninjago?

I don’t know but I’m giving it a try and I’d be very interested to hear from any of you who get up extra early to get more done without the distractions of your family. I do have a snoring dog at my feet right now but I don’t think he counts.



  1. Rebecca Widnall
    20 March, 2018 / 7:14 am

    Well i have a 2 year old human alarm. He seems to like waking me up about 5 am. So we creep downstairs im lucky my husband and eldest can sleep through anything. This has been my wake up since i had my eldest 5 years ago. Before i was rolling in to bed after work at 5 am now its my wake up time. But i couldnt get up later monday to friday i woukd feel rushed!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      20 March, 2018 / 12:27 pm

      Since milo became a little more self sufficient in the mornings I’ve been taking advantage of the lay in pre-School run and work but I’m realising now that I need to prioritise those hours to be productive so that I can actually spend some time with him later without feeling like I should be working

  2. jessica
    20 March, 2018 / 8:08 am

    I get up at 5.30am & the only time I managed to carve out for myself was on the walk to work. I have a 9 month old & by the time I get home, have food & get him to sleep I want to sleep. I love spending time playing I just haven’t found any balance at all.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      20 March, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      I think the tough thing is accepting that something will always be suffering. You really can’t have it all

  3. 20 March, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    I’m a morning person so I probably should be getting up at 5am to meditate/do yoga/run/etc but 6am is early enough for me. I think it would be an interesting experiment to see what I can get done in that extra hour …

  4. 20 March, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    I have tried this too. But I have a 21 month old, so she doesn’t understand that mum’s working. I try to get up before her to get the important stuff done but that doesn’t always go to plan and she wakes up.
    At least Milo is at an age that you can reason with him and explain why you can’t play right now. You should feel bad about doing what you’ve got to do.

  5. 23 March, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    To be completely honest, I don’t understand who these early risers do it either! I have a problem to get up at 6.30pm to get ready for work. However, I think a solution to not waking your other half could potentially be getting a Fitbit or similar fitness tracker. My Fitbit Charge 2 has a build in alarm clock which vibrates on your wrist without a sound. I thought it’s not going to wake me up but even though it’s really gentle, it does work for me. Also, you can set up to 8 alarms. Might be worth trying.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 March, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      I’ve been considering a fitbit for ages so that may just have tipped me over the edge!!!

      • 1 April, 2018 / 8:15 pm

        Sorry to just jump in here. The new Fitbit Versa is also water resistant to 50 metres which you mentioned in past you might like. I have a charge 2 and have just pre-ordered this new one and am paying the bit extra for purple version.

        • missbudgetbeauty
          4 April, 2018 / 2:17 pm

          I may finally bite the bullet!

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