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9 Ways to Get a Jump on the Day

Find yourself feeling scattered and disordered? Consider a daily morning routine to help you put order into the day and give you a major sense of accomplishment.

9 Ways to Get a Jump on the Day - Find yourself feeling scattered and disordered? Consider a daily morning routine to help you put order into the day and give you a major sense of accomplishment.

A quick search through the Life as MOM archives surprised me: I’ve never really talked about establishing a morning routine. Sure, I’ve talked about my morning high five in passing, but never really shared the things that help me feel “on the ball” and “withit”. I’ve had this mental checklist in my head for years and it really helps me get a jump on the day.

Of course, the wheels may all fall off even before I get through one or two steps on the list, but having a goal in mind, having these little things before me, helps me feel I’ve done “something”. Anything.

And if you’ve been a mom for more than a week, you know that getting something done is a total win.

Here are my nine basic ways to get a great start to the day:

1. Read something that directs your heart to God and helps you lean Godward.

My morning “quiet time” currently involves a reading in whatever Bible plan I’m following in the YouVersion app and  journaling my prayers. Since I read and listen to praise music on the treadmill, that also serves as a way for me to incline my heart toward God on a mostly daily basis.

2. Enjoy a cup of your favorite coffee, tea, etc.

I love the ritual of a morning cuppa. I used to be a coffee with lots of cream and SUGAR girl. I gave up the sugar about a year ago. The taste is no longer that tasty to me, but I love the ritual all the same.

3. Survey the day.

I keep my important, not-to-be-missed appointments in Google calendar. It sends me a daily agenda each morning. This is super helpful, especially if I forget to sync appointments to my household notebook.If I have extra time, particularly at the beginning of the week, I do aforementioned calendar sync and map out the week in my planner.

Surveying what’s ahead of me in the day, helps me to budget my time and not get sidetracked, as I am very apt to do.

9 Ways to Get a Jump on the Day - Find yourself feeling scattered and disordered? Consider a daily morning routine to help you put order into the day and give you a major sense of accomplishment.

4. Shower, primp, and get dressed, shoes included.

If I am going to the gym first thing in the morning, I skip the first two steps. Though I would love to stay in jammies all day, gym or not, I know that I am more “withit” and alert if I’m dressed and can answer the door without remorse.

These days, I’m going to the gym with the kids have classes there in the afternoons. So, I have to get dressed each morning instead now. But, it’s a quick primping because that’s just how I roll.

5. Start a load of laundry.

I no longer do the laundry every day. The kids have their own days for laundry, but they can still benefit from a laundry monitor who checks in that folks are doing it on their assigned day and moving things along. Plus, I typically take charge of sheets, towels, and parental laundry.

I do much better doing the laundry first thing in the morning. I cannot fall asleep to the sound of the machines running. Since the laundry room is next door to my bedroom, the laundry definitely needs to get washed in the AM.

6. Do a 15-minute blitz.

My ideal is that we don’t go to bed with a messy kitchen or the house in disarray. Unfortunately, these days we aren’t reaching my ideal. If I orchestrate a quick 15-minute pick up first thing in the morning, our day goes much more smoothly.

7. Start dinner prep: bread machine, crockpot, thaw, etc.

It may only be 8 am, but I tell ya, blink and 5 pm will be there waiting for you rather impatiently. The best days are when I know I’ve thawed freezer meals or ingredients, got the bread machine or crockpot going, and otherwise prepped for supper. It seems like much less drudgery at 8 am than at 5pm.

9 Ways to Get a Jump on the Day - Find yourself feeling scattered and disordered? Consider a daily morning routine to help you put order into the day and give you a major sense of accomplishment.

8. Read a story to the kiddos.

Five out of six FishKids now read fluently. It’s a homeschool mom’s dream come true. FishChick5 is close to being able to take off on her own. Despite their independent literacy, they still all love to hear a store told.

Sometimes I read a larger novel to most of the kids, with the older ones eavesdropping from the wings. More often that not, at least lately, I’m reading with the girls. They each pick a book and FishChick7 and I take turns reading. She’s got pretty amazing inflection. It’s a fun little time for the three of us.

9. Eat a good breakfast.

As a mom, breakfast almost seems indulgent. I confess to having skipped breakfast a few too many times in my life as MOM. These days, I try to make it something hearty: whole grain cereal, oatmeal, granola and yogurt or skillet eggs. I’m far less crabby if I’ve had a good breakfast. If you find yourself in the same boat, try one of these mom breakfasts.

What do YOU do to get a jump on the day?

How do you structure your morning routine? What helps you feel “withit”?

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  1. We have a routine here since I work from home full-time. I always clean the house after the kids are in bed so that we wake up to a clean house. Our routine is planned down to the minute, just so the kids and I know when I can get some work done. We always eat breakfast, I do a load of laundry everyday (easier than once a week for us), and tackle just one room per day for cleaning.

  2. We all have to be out of the door by 8 am during the week so our routine is fairly short and precise. Everyone gets up at 6:30. Between 6:30 and 7:00, we read the newspaper while eating breakfast. The coffee pot is prepped the night before and is ready to turn on. I take about 15 minutes between 7 and 7:15 to clean up the kitchen and make a few advanced preparations for dinner — take food out of the freezer; load the crock pot; etc. At 7:15 it is time for a shower and then getting dressed. I always make the bed before shutting off the bedroom light. I leave the last 15 minutes to help the kids get ready. My big preparations are actually at night since our mornings are so short.

  3. At bed time I get the kids to clean up the living room and then I clean the kitchen. Makes for a much better start to the day for my mood.

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