Make Over Your Morning: How Will You Handle Interruptions?

One of the great reasons for rising early is that you will encounter fewer interruptions in your work if others in the house are still sleeping. But that doesn’t mean that you will never be interrupted.

Today, Andy encourages us to think ahead as to how we will deal with interruptions that may occur so that we won’t be completely sidetracked. If your household includes small children, there is always the possibility that you will be surprised by another early riser. Do you have a plan to deal with that? How could you share your morning time with another person if it became necessary?

Everyone’s circumstances are unique but the point is that you should consider the possibility of interruption now, before it happens, and make a plan for when it does occur.

I’m not likely to be interrupted in the morning. It is more likely that I will have issues at night that will prevent me from getting to bed at my target time.

Such was the case recently when my teenage daughter took the car out for the evening. I hadn’t thought of it when I gave her permission to go, but as it approached my bedtime, I realized that I would not be turning in until she was safely home. As a result, I was awake much later than I wanted.

I began to get annoyed by the situation, but luckily I was in the middle of reading (or rather listening to) the wonderful book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst. If you are not familiar with the book, I highly recommend it. I began to think of all the strategies I was learning from that book that were supposed to prevent me from becoming unglued in a situation such as this.

What did I want? I thought that what I wanted was to be able to go to sleep. But the more I thought about it, what I really wanted was for my daughter to get home safely and for me to be able to complete the work that I had planned for the morning.

I decided that instead of becoming annoyed by the situation, I would get some of the work done right then and there. It wasn’t what I had planned, but it worked.

I ended up sleeping in about an hour later (it was a weekend) and then taking an amazing nap in the afternoon.

In the end, I completed my work and I avoided becoming frustrated by the unexpected situation. I didn’t sacrifice any sleep and my daughter got home safely.

How will you deal with the interruptions that may affect your morning time? Come up with possible solutions before it happens.