The Early to Rise Experience For Moms

At various points in my adult life I’ve been committed to getting up early (ah, the 5AM Club…). I know this is good for productivity. I get that successful people have morning routines. But in particular seasons of life, mornings can be tougher to navigate. Often, in my experience, this has more to do with my perspective than with my circumstances.

This is where the value of Andy Traub’s e-book The Early To Rise Experience for Moms: Start Waking Up to a New Life proves helpful.  I know, it’s a little off-putting that a guy decided to write a book on how to help moms get up early.  But since Traub mostly encapsulates his main arguments from an earlier book (The Early To Rise Experience) and the turns the pen over to a large group of women writing essays from their varied perspectives, it works.

The format of essays in different voices proved motivational for me, as I was able to glean different encouragement and reminders and ideas from different sections.  Because being the “On” parent is one of my three major jobs (the other two being homeschooling and my paying work), the reality is that my role as a mother has significant bearing on my mornings–both in what I need to get done before the kids wake up and in the sorts of things I need to structure the night before to make sure that the day goes smoothly.  I appreciated the way the essayists approached those concerns, and the insights they had in overcoming them.

While The Early To Rise Experience for Moms is more expensive than What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and I think if you only have time or money for one e-book on the subject the latter would be a better bet, the primary parent perspective of the former may make it more relevant or helpful for some readers.

Do you do the Early to Rise thing?  If so, what do you use that time for, and how do you make it work?


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  I was given a free copy of this e-book for review, but the opinions contained in this post are my own.

5 thoughts on “The Early to Rise Experience For Moms

  1. Thanks for your review! I’m interested in this subject. My head knows how great my days can go if I get up and ready and beyond that, accomplish some things, before the kids awake. I’ve been working on it more lately and should probably read either book for some extra incentive!

  2. Hmmmmm… feeling like I really need this. I’m actually kind of a morning person. But lately (since baby number 4) I just can’t get my mornings together. And while we have very short days of sunlight in the winter where we live, the flipside is that our summer days are very long…meaning the sun is up by 4am and therefore I have a very hard time keeping the kids asleep/in bed past six. This makes my mornings extra tricky, which has been a frustration. I’m trying to decide if reading another book about it would be the encouragement/motivation I need or just add to my frustration.
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    1. Johanna, that’s a tough call. My fourth baby is 13 months old now and I would say I only started getting my mornings together around two months ago. And even so, I’m still not where I would like to be in terms of how much time I have before the early risers join me. One thing I really liked about The Early to Rise book was that the essayists wrote with a lot of grace and understanding for what different phases of motherhood are like, but were still encouraging and had very helpful tips for all of those phases. Although I’m a fan of Vanderkam’s time books generally speaking, in your phase I might say that the Early to Rise book would be better, in that it would be less inadvertently discouraging.

  3. I’ve read Vanderkam’s book and while it was good, it didn’t fit my season… This might be a better fit, while also acknowledging that seasons are what they are and sometimes you can’t change it! It’s encouraging to hear from another mom of four that it takes awhile to get in a groove.
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  4. I just want to add that in addition to some good black out curtains, I find running a fan in their rooms goes a long way. My husband and I get up early for him to get off to work and I love the nights it’s warm enough for fans b/c I can almost count on having some quiet time in the morning as the fans cover our morning noises.

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