There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to routines. Figure out the best morning routine for you and your family with these 4 simple tips!
I am not a morning person.
I try to be, but it takes a lot of effort for me to stay on top of a good morning routine. One little change in our schedule will throw me off the wagon and it is a struggle to get back into it. This happened recently, but I was able to reevaluate my mornings to make them work with me instead of against me thanks to an awesome online course.
I love spending summer weekends at the pool, late summer evenings catching lightning bugs (aka fireflies), and summer days feeding my kids snacks every 10 minutes. What I don’t like about the summer is how easily I get thrown off my normal morning routine.
We try to keep the kids on a regular schedule, but them being home with my husband means I have more time in the mornings to get ready while they have a relaxing morning in their jammies. And as much as I try to fight it, the urge to use that extra time to sleep in a little later usually wins over my willpower to keep my morning routine on track.
This summer was no exception. I got used to a little later wake up time, which turned into me going to bed a little later.
When back to school time came around, I knew I needed to jumpstart my morning routine. Over a 14 day period, I took a hard look at my routine and made tweaks and changes to make sure I was getting the best start to my day.
Here’s how my days look now:
- I get up at 6:00 AM and enjoy a cup of coffee before everyone else is awake
- I spend more time working on the blog, checking emails, etc.
- Everyone else is up at 7:00 AM and my husband starts helping the boys with breakfast and getting dressed while I start getting ready for work
- I finish helping them with tying shoes and combing hair and then we are all off to school and work
- When the kids get home from school, we go through backpacks and take care of homework and anything that needs taking care of (signing behavior charts, reading announcements, ignoring fundraiser notices)
- After dinner (or sometimes while cooking dinner), I pack lunches for the kids and myself
- After we eat, the boys take their baths while I lay out their clothes for the next day
- At bedtime, we read stories and then the kids go to bed at 8:30 PM
- I use the quiet time between 8:30-10:00 to write and work on the blog
- My husband and I start getting ready for bed around 10:00 PM to be in bed by 10:30 PM (although this is always a work in progress)
What to consider when forming your best morning routine
I know our routine won’t work for everyone, but the point is to figure out what works for your best morning routine. Here are some morning routine ideas to consider when forming the best morning routine for you.
#1 Start your routine the night before
I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but a good morning routine starts the night before—especially if you aren’t a morning person! The best way to start your day is as prepared as possible before you even wake up.
Making lunches the night before saves you from the temptation of buying lunch when in a time crunch. Laying outfits out the night before (anything they will be wearing from head to toe) saves you the hassle in the morning.
#2 Get enough sleep
This is crucial! Starting off your day with too little sleep is like trying to drive a car on empty. Whether it’s 7 hours or 9 hours, make an effort to give yourself the time your body needs to be at your best. I know this isn’t always possible (this is something I struggle with), but do your best to make sleep a priority.
#3 Be consistent
Speaking of struggling, having consistent times I go to bed and wake up is another work in progress for me. It’s said that maintaining a regular sleep-wake pattern helps you to get more sleep and get a better quality of sleep, so give yourself a consistent bedtime!
#4 Schedule time for yourself
I know this is also something easier said than done, but you need to give yourself some “me” time. This used to be a low priority for me, but now that I’ve reestablished a good morning routine I look forward to those quiet cups of coffee at 6 AM while everyone else is still asleep. It’s probably one of my favorite times of day because I can just sit and think, read, or write without interruption.
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Do you need a morning makeover?
If you want a little more help figuring out your morning routine, I highly suggest the 14-day online course by Crystal Paine called Make Over Your Mornings. I signed up for this course in August and I loved it!
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The workbook and printables that come with the course are super handy and Crystal’s short videos are very motivational. Don’t get intimidated by the length of the course—it’s formatted so you are only spending about 15 minutes or less each day going over the lesson and assignments.
Some of my biggest takeaways from the course:
- Take care of the most important tasks first thing in the morning instead of the most urgent – game changer! Do you find yourself doing all the urgent stuff and then never finding room for the things that are most important to you? It’s easy to fall into that trap!
- Don’t try to do it all – this is another trap I easily fall into. There is never a lack of responsibilities or people who need something from you. Learning when to say no and how to prioritize my mornings have been key to managing the constant overwhelm!
- Find an accountability partner – this is one of those “why have I never thought of this?” moments. I’ve had accountability partners when it comes to health goals, so why not with time management too?
What else you will learn in this course:
- Develop a morning routine and before bed routine that actually works and sets you up for amazing success!
- Learn how to make to-do lists that support your day, instead of strangle your life.
- Create realistic, but stretching goals and then follow through with them.
- Establish internal and external motivations to create perseverance in your new routines.
- Find time to refuel your tank and make space in your day for things you love.
- Experience much more focus, organization, and clarity in your daily life.
Hopefully, some of these morning routine ideas will help you form the best morning routine for you and your family. If you easily get thrown off the morning routine wagon like I do, give the Make Over Your Mornings course a try. It will help you go from feeling constantly behind, overworked, and overwhelmed to finally finding the time for yourself and your family.
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