There is a very helpful article in today’s Canberra Times which explains that early risers are healthier, happier and more successful. Obviously this comes as no surprise to parents of toddlers, who habitually rise at around 5 am, and are of course a demographic known for their huge amounts of disposable income, impressive career trajectories and packed social life.
The author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam, explains that the early morning hours should be devoted to the things most important to us; exercise, strategic thinking, creative work and nurturing relationships.
Again, this is excellent news for parents of toddlers. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the things that I did before breakfast today:
- Chase a toddler around a bedroom in an attempt to persuade her to take off her night nappy, put on her underwear, put on her shirt, not take the shirt straight back off again, alright fine here’s your favourite shirt that I’ve just run downstairs to fish out of the dryer HAPPY NOW? Exercise!
- Strategically persuade Elder Girl that in fact, getting up and getting dressed will constitute an improvement over lying in bed. Strengthen my argument by not dissuading Little Girl from poking her big sister in the bottom and shouting BRIGHT ‘N’ EARLY over and over again. No, I don’t know why she does that.
- Create a new and interesting lunch, not bearing any resemblance to the 4,582,948,284 other lunches already prepared this term, out of whatever is left in the pantry the day before grocery day. Little Girl also demonstrates her creativity with a new abstract piece entitled Congealed Porridge Splatters.
- Nurture my deep and abiding relationship with coffee. Ah, coffee. How do I love thee. May I hold you tight? May I, in fact, cradle you to my bosom?
In fact, if the measure of success is how much one can achieve before breakfast, then I’m fairly sure that I’m well on the way to being the most successful woman in Australia. It’s almost noon, and I still haven’t had time for breakfast.