Disciplining ourselves in the mornings is hard, hard work. Especially when you stay up late. I’ve gotten into a terrible habit of staying up late since my husband is often up until the wee morning hours working on homework. The truth? I’m seldom in bed before midnight these days, sometimes later. I seem to go in spurts of good health (thyroid and adrenal) while doing the late night routine. The reality is that I get the most work done while the house is quiet! I don’t have to stay up late to get that quiet time though. If I went to bed the same time as my children and got up early, I know it would be much more productive for my days and my health.
If we want to truly get up and have the opportunity to get dressed, we need to plan our mornings out! Having a plan in place for breakfast is huge for me. I go through seasons of life where I’m able to get muffins and waffles made and in the freezer to pull out. Other times I go through lots of cold cereal for the children, and greek yogurt smoothies for me (I need more protein than just cereal!). Scheduled chores is helpful, but we don’t do a huge amount of chores before school. A quick pick up, and my boys each have one chore and then we start. Lately I’ve been sleeping in much later, so school has been starting later. I had no clue that breaking my foot could make me so tired! All my strength seems to be going towards healing this foot. I remember my husband was the same way when he broke his foot earlier this year though.
A good morning routine might look something like this:
Bathroom Routine – fix hair, wash face, and put on some makeup (for those who use it)
Quiet Time – even just a few minutes praying and/or reading scriptures
Help get little children dressed/direct older ones in chores
Start devotionals with children
My mornings do not always look like this, but it is a good goal to have!
I just read a good post on routines to reduce stress, that included some great tips for a smoother morning routine. You can read it here.
I like a routine for mornings, but not a strict schedule. Others might like something very strict. Having something written in place is good. Below are some good printables for creating your own morning routine!
Basic Morning Routine Chart to fill in yourself.
Here is a great daily To Do list, along with lots of other printables!
This is a Goal list that you could use for a morning routine goal list!
1. Get dressed!
2. Find a morning routine printable that you like, print it off and fill it in. Create a realistic morning routine and work towards getting it all done every morning.
3. Read Day 9 of “From Frumps to Pumps.”