Mornings are tough and waking up feeling defeated before your day begins is not fun. I haven’t always been a morning person but over the years I’ve realized that I am more productive in the morning hours than at any other time during the day or evening. In our house we are on the go with afternoon and evening activities that end at 8:30 or 9 pm on several nights. On those nights I’m unmotivated to do anything other than scroll through my phone to see what the ‘motivated’ people are doing! LOL!
With three teen daughters, the potential for mornings to be a disaster is high. Everyone is in a rush and moods are tense. I know that in order for me not to get pulled into a negative zone, I need to do a few things consistently once the alarm goes off. Being consistent in my routine sets me up for a positive and productive morning. Here are 5 things that I find helpful and maybe you will too.
#1 Get up at the same time every day. Resist the urge to hit that snooze bar! My body naturally starts to wake up a little after 5am and if I allow myself to slip back into sleep, I end up more tired than if I had just listened to my body and risen. This sort of goes hand in hand with going to bed at a decent hour…
#2 On weekdays, I spend the first five minutes of the day on the Proverbs 31 First Five app. It’s a five minute bible study and reflection. I began it when the app first launched and it has taken me through many chapters of the bible so far and in four years, I will complete the entire bible. I also spend another five minutes reading the Proverbs 31 Daily Devotion. Giving my first five minutes to God and filling myself up so I can pour myself out for others is energizing.
#3 I do a quick kitchen clean up and make my bed. The kitchen clean up actually begins the night before. Drying and putting the dinner dishes away and running the dishwasher before bed makes for an easier morning. Having the bed made as soon as I get up makes the rest of the bedroom tidying not seem so bad. My sewing studio is next to the bedroom and my office is in the bedroom so having it neat throughout the day just makes me FEEL more productive. It’s hard to work staring at an unmade bed.
#4 Sit down with a planner (I like this one by Bloom) or calendar and prioritize the day. Taking a few minutes each morning to figure out what has to be done that day versus what can wait until another time is paramount to productivity. List the must do’s first and tackle them right away then if your day goes sideways, you know you finished the most important tasks. This is sometimes referred to as the 80/20 rule meaning you accomplish 80% of what you need to do in 20% of the time.
#5 If something will take less than two minutes to do, do it right then. This is by far my favorite method of staying on top of things around the house. If the trash is full, take it out as you walk past it. Need a permission slip printed for the kids and you’re on the computer anyway, print and fill it out right then. Taking two minutes or less to accomplish a small task adds up throughout the day and week.
Our lives are busy and big chunks of free time are hard to come by. Try making these 5 small changes and you’ll be on your way to better mornings!
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