No time for the morning routine

March 19, 2009 by

A while back, I posted on the importance of my night-time routine in making my mornings less chaotic.  Over the past week and a half, I have been reminded of the importance of a morning routine as well.  I know I have lamented the effects of the time change on my family and I, but it has been nearly 2 weeks and we are still not catching on!   Our bodies are still on standard time, while the rest of the world is on daylight savings time.

Usually, my morning routine is:  wake up at 6:30 am, shower, hair, make-up, get dressed, make coffee, check email, blog. ..   My daughter gets up at the same time and gets dressed and reads or works on a project until I get my stuff done.  Then, we have breakfast, chat about the day, make her lunch, brush teeth, get shoes and coats, scoop my son out of bed, and leave for my daughter’s school at 8 am.  That is usually accomplished at a leisurely rate and I am ready to hit the ground running when my son and I get back from taking my daughter to school.  I am ready for whatever our day brings.  However, the past 10 days have been different.

We have been getting up on standard time still so I haven’t always been able to take a shower or have any time alone in the morning to think about the day ahead.  That sets the whole day back.  Our mornings are rushed and stressful.  My daughter has actually been late for school 2 of the last 6 school days.  My 4 year old, who likes structure and routine, just doesn’t understand why Mommy has to take a shower instead of playing cars or basketball like we usually do after breakfast.  I get frustrated when those little things I do first thing in the morning don’t get done or when I feel rushed.  I end up taking it out on everyone else!  Hopefully, our bodies will adjust soon and we can get back to out routine.  There is great comfort for us all in that.

Comments (3)


  1. Miko's Girl says:

    I think I read somewhere that it takes a couple of weeks for your body to adjust to a time change. So, be kind to yourself and push through until the time your body figures it out.

    PS I’m envious of your relaxed morning routine before DST as mine is always chaotic.

  2. I don’t think the time change phased me at all. I still get up at 4:30 and work out even tho technically that would be 3:30 by the old time. I do find it harder to go to bed on time, but I forced myself to drink some tea and read so I would be sleepy enough to get the right amount of rest. For us, if the morning routine is failing, it’s usually because we aren’t getting the evening routine accomplished or we aren’t getting to bed on time.

  3. Kirwin says:

    I’m with you. It took us a WHILE to finally adjust to DST, this year. I also can’t stand being rushed in the morning. I’ve slowly started getting up earlier in the mornings so that I can get online before anyone else is up. It helps. A lot.

    But I know that I would really benefit from not going online until X, Y, and Z have been accomplished. I need more self-control….

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