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.