September 5, 2013 by Marci
The success or failure of my morning routine dictates the day. It can set me up for productivity and peace, or it can put me behind from the get go and send me spiraling into chaos. Yep. My morning routine is that important.
Jen from Forever For Always No Matter What wrote a great post at The Homeschool Village – 5 Ways To Regroup For A New Homeschool Year. She shared 5 tips or habits that can help homeschool moms get into the swing of a new school year and still keep the rest of life going. Looking at them, I think these tips could help any mom.
Tip #2 is the one that is key for me.
Get Up Before Your Kids
Kids, generally, are totally “game on” as soon as they get out of bed. (My son requires a glass of ovaltine first thing-his version of coffee- and then he is off to the races.) Moms, generally, are not.
Most children require a lot of attention and care in the morning. It’s hard for moms to get ready for the day while getting the kids ready. If you wait until they are taken care of, your day might be half gone. And if you homeschool or are home with the kids all day, you might never have another opportunity to get ready! I have found that if I am up and ready for the day before their little feet hit the ground, I am ahead of the game already.
Each morning, I try to get what I need to get done so that I am ready for the day when the kids get up. That way, they have my undivided attention and our day can start from there.
- Wake up
- Make-up (at least Bare Minerals and mascara)
- Get Dressed
- Put in a load of laundry
- Bible reading
- Check emails
- Update social media for blogs
- Put laundry in the dryer
Anything after that is a bonus!
This takes me about 1 1/2 hours in the morning. I am not a natural morning person, but I know I need to get up early. My day depends on it! (This is where the coffee helps!)
What about you? Do you get up before the kids? Do you have a morning routine? Do you need one?