I finally wake up early because of this Instagram post

You just never know what's going to stick in your mind long after you see it. You also never know what seemingly tiny little experience will actually prompt you to change. I've struggled with being an early riser my entire life. "Early" to me is anything before 8am. The best thing about being self-employed: waking up whenever I want.  I certainly don't take this to extremes. Getting out of bed after 9:30 on a weekday is just plain depressing. I am guilty of routinely getting way too much sleep though, simply because I can.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a post on Instagram that was my "come to Jesus" moment. I didn't recognize it as such until a few days later. Something had changed. I had deleted every alarm that was set after 7:25am.  I was still snoozing for about 20 minutes, but that 7:25 alarm had become my new normal.  It still is, even on weekends.  Knowing that alarm is coming has also completely reshaped my late nights for the better.

I've been wanting to share this with you but I wasn't able to find it again on Instagram. I've re-created it for you here. I believe that how we do anything is how we do everything. As this image states, it's not just about rising and shining. It's about being more consistent with what I preach and the life I want to live.  I think it struck me because the "before" half looked so cluttered.  Always seeking out ways to further declutter my life, not just my space, I had to make the change.

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What kind of person are you? The left image or the right image? Are you an early riser but haven't always been so? Please share in the comments below.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.