Do you need to improve your morning routine at home?
Are You a Morning Person? Once upon a time, I might have said I was. The fact is I can get up early when necessary or if something is happening that I am looking forward to. However, even then it can take a while to be fully present and ready for the day. I'm not sure that these days I would say I am a morning person, but in spite of that, I have learned how to create a great morning routine at home.
Beginning each day may be a struggle if you don't do mornings well. I've learned though, that alot of how you change the way your morning goes is by making some changes to the night before.
The following ideas will help make your morning routine run more smoothly and set up your day for success!
1. Prepare as much as possible the night before.
- Choose the clothes you're going to wear the next day, for both yourself and your children. Help them find their clothes, put their shoes where they can easily get them and get them to bed at a good hour, so that they get enough rest.
- If your children go to school or have outside the home activities, prepare lunches and snacks for the next day as the children are taking baths and getting ready for bed, or teach them to do this as part of their nightly routine. This will save you SO much time and hurry! The next morning, you can simply hand them their lunches, already made, right before they head out the door, and maybe even have time to write a special note and tuck it inside!
- If you haven't already done so, go through your child's backpack. They may have papers you need to sign or sheets of information you need to know about. As soon as they get home from school is the perfect time to take care of these things, but the night before is second best, so you don't miss an important date or assignment. See our free night before school checklist for more help with this.
2. Get enough rest.
Enough is a relative term. It is different for everyone and often different in different seasons. But most people will recommend that you be sure to go to bed early enough that you can get at least eight hours of sleep. Does this mean you have to go to bed at the same time as your kids? Absolutely not, but you do want to get the rest you need, too.
3. Set your alarm clock but place it across the room.
If your alarm is right next to the bed it will be too easy for you to hit the snooze button. Place your clock on the dresser or a table away from the bed so that you to have to physically get up to turn off your alarm.
Plan to get up early enough that you won't be rushed. Give yourself enough time to take care of yourself before you wake the children. Plan to read your Bible for a few minutes, and have your iPad or phone ready to play some happy, uplifting music as the kids rally around.
4. Make your morning routine at home a habit.
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- Establish a Realistic Evening Routine that works — and that sets you up for amazing success!
- Design a Prioritized To Do List for each day — one that you’re actually excited to wake up and tackle!
- Create a Best Stuff List of the most important activities and commitments you should be invested your time, life, and energy into right now.
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- Nourish your body, nurture your soul, and no longer put your health on the back burner — even in the middle of a busy and full life.
- Assemble a wardrobe of simple outfits you love and that make you feel great — so you can finally dress the part and feel good about it!
- Develop a contagious, positive attitude (even on those early mornings)– so you can experience and express more joy in your everyday life.
- And so much more…
Not everyone is a morning person by nature. That doesn't mean you can't make some changes to your schedule which will help you make your day run smoother. Creating a routine for the night before, placing your alarm across the room, playing music to get you going, streamlining your commitments, planning ahead, and getting a good night's sleep are just a parts of it.
A successful morning routine at home does begin the night before! And I wish for you only success!
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