Does your morning start off hectic each day? Does it seem as if you never get as much accomplished as you’d like to each day? Do you often forget to complete specific tasks? Maybe there are days when you feel completely overwhelmed. If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could certainly benefit from a morning routine.
So many people feel that starting and sticking to a daily morning routine is a complicated process, but honestly, that’s not the case. You actually get more accomplished, and without feeling rushed or feeling like you have forgotten something. Better yet, your day will flow so much smoother.
Once you develop a plan and put it into practice each day, it will soon become a habit. The key is that you have to practice it daily. Another important point is that you want to create a routine that works for YOU, not one that is tailored to another individual. By creating a daily routine for yourself, and sticking to it, your level of productivity will definitely increase.
Here’s a sample of my morning routine that you can tailor to fit your specific needs.
WAKE UP EARLY
Start getting up about 30 minutes earlier than normal. I like to get up before my son so that I have some time to myself before having to go into mommy mode. Upon waking, take a few moments to stretch your body. A good morning stretch helps to get the blood pumping throughout your body, which in turn helps you to fully awaken so that you start to feel rejuvenated and alert. I like to open my blinds first thing in the morning so that the natural light flows in. I then drink a bottle of water and take my vitamins.
Starting your day with prayer enables you to focus your attention on God and His purpose and plan for the day ahead. If you have a devotional, you can read the devotion for that particular day. I personally like to have a cup of coffee or tea as I read my bible and devotional.
After I finish my daily devotion, I spend about 10 minutes journaling. Some days I follow a journaling prompt, but there are times when I feel a need to just let whatever it is that’s on my mind flow onto the pages. I find that writing in my journal is very therapeutic for me.
GO OVER YOUR TO DO LIST
Take a quick glance at your tasks and the important “to-do” items on your calendar so that you are familiar with the tasks that you need to get accomplished for that day. Make any necessary adjustments to your schedule if needed.
We all know that exercise is important to good health (see my post on Adopting A Healthier Lifestyle). We should aim for at least 20-30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day. I know some people prefer to work out in the evenings which is perfectly fine. If you’re like me and don’t have a gym membership, go for a quick walk through your neighborhood. You can also watch an exercise DVD or even YouTube videos from the comfort of your home. I personally love this walking video by Leslie Sansone on YouTube.
Make breakfast for yourself and your family members. Be sure to clean up as you go. Afterwards, load the dishwasher, wipe down stove top, counters and sink. If you take just a few moments each day to clean as you go, you can avoid the unnecessary clutter. You will be amazed at how it feels to walk into a clean house (as opposed to a mess) after a busy day. You can also prepare breakfast items the night before and have all of your non-perishable items laid out so that you are not rushing in the mornings. It is also a good idea to prepare lunches the night before. If your kids are old enough, you can have them help you with this task.
START YOUR DAY
It is actually a good idea to prepare for the next day each evening. Place all of the items that you will need for the day in a central location (purse, keys, briefcase, jacket, etc). It’s also a great idea to lay out your wardrobe the night before. I personally do this right down to my underwear. I cannot tell you the number of times in years past that I have wasted precious time by standing in my closet trying to figure out what I was going to wear to work that morning. Even though I am a SAHM now, I still lay out my wardrobe the night before. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s typically only leggings and a tee, but hey, I still lay them out at night.
Now that your morning routine is complete, it’s time to grab those keys and head out the door to work. Or if you are like me, you can head to your home office if you work from home, or get busy tackling the day’s errands.
When you establish a daily morning routine for you and your family, you create an environment of consistency. By establishing consistency, each person is fully aware of his/her role or responsibility. Morning routines help enable us to lead happier, stress-free lives. But remember that the key to a successful morning routine is sticking to it.
Do you have a morning routine in place? What are some of the things that you and your family members do to get your day off to a great start? Leave me a comment.