In the past (even now at times) I struggled focusing on what needs to be done versus in the moment what I want to do. For example, this morning I wanted the results of working out but sleeping in sounded delightful compared to running on the treadmill. I need a routine and system in place to help me focus on the important activities in my life instead of only completing what I “feel” I want to do in the moment. There are blessings and benefits for having routines, systems and disciplines. Today I am sharing my morning routine and tips to rock your mornings. I am not perfect and I hope my struggle to create a routine will help you. Hopefully this will give you ideas how to create your own morning routine.
I spent many mornings in the past waking up late with a rushed shower and little breakfast as I began the day. My tanks were empty before I even started. I was impatient with my kids as we ran out the house very late. This is a far cry from the nice mornings I imagined. The pain of being late and and impatient with my family finally caused me to change.
This actual begins the night before when I set my alarm. My phone is my alarm and I set three of them. Why? My little ones wake me up in the middle of the night and I can easily sleep through alarms. The Sleep Genius app gently wakes me up with lovely sounds of the revive cycle alarm. Sometimes I will cancel the alarm in my sleep which is why my second and third alarm on the phone get my attention.
Quick tip: If you struggle staying awake after getting up, turn on all the lights in your bathroom and bedroom to help your brain transition from sleepy to awake time.
Exercise & Personal Development
I can’t explain it, but if exercising is not my first activity of the morning, it likely will not happen. I keep all of my exercise gear in the same location so I can get ready easily when I am groggy in the morning. My goal is at least 30 minutes exercise time either running, walking or biking. This is also my personal development time and I listen to podcasts or online courses I am taking. Even if you only have 15 minutes I would still encourage you to exercise, because that is 15 more minutes of exercise than you had before!
Quick tip: Listen to audio books while you work out if you enjoy reading but can’t find the time.
Breakfast & Quiet Time
Usually at breakfast I’m taking care of the family so I’ve found eating breakfast early works the best for everyone. Most mornings I eat my premade DIY oatmeal mix to save time in the morning. While I am eating breakfast I have my quiet time by reading through my Bible, praying and journaling. This is one of my favorite times of the day. This is how I refuel and refresh myself for the upcoming day. If I expect a stressful day ahead I will even increase this quiet time to prepare my heart.
Plan the day
I usually plan for the whole week on Sunday night and I shared my process in another post. In the morning I spend about 10 minutes going over my schedule and tasks for the day while making any last minute changes. This also prepares my mind so I can update the family on activities for the day. On a side note if you are looking for ideas to plan your week sign up for my emails and I will send your free copy of the “Get Stuff Done” planner.
Shower & Get Ready
My goal is to be showered, dressed and makeup on before the kids eat breakfast. On my calendar I have a set time I need to shower otherwise the morning will be messy getting ready for school and work. Depending on the morning I will layout my clothes and pack the car the night before to speed up the process. I am always amazed how quickly time moves when I’m looking at my closet for a shirt to wear or matching jewelry. Who knew color coordination took so much time!
This is my morning routine at the moment and I’m sure it will change in the next six months as I figure out better ways to start my morning. Also I feel a successful morning starts the night before with nighttime routines, which I will share with you in the future. When I stick to my morning routine I find it easier to be the loving wife and mother I desire to be to with my family.
Action Item: If you struggled as I did (do) with a morning routine, I would love to encourage you. You can do this! My natural bent is not to be disciplined with my time so I developed my routine slowly. Start small and set your alarm so you can wake up and begin your first morning activity on time.
Quick tip: Write down your morning routine and estimate the time for each activity to determine your wake up time. For example, wakeup & dressed (10 minutes) + exercise (35 minutes) + quiet time (35 minutes) + shower & getting ready (40 minutes) = 2 hours before kids wake up
I promise you will be blessed by creating a morning routine that helps you start the day right and refuels your body and mind.
I would love to hear from you, what is your favorite part of your morning routine? If you do not have a morning routine yet, what is one activity you wish to start? I am always looking for new ideas, so please share!