Tired of dragging through the day and feeling like you accomplished nothing? Start the day with a high five and have a sense of accomplishment. You’ll know you got five things done!
Here we are at the start of a new week. Are you ready for it? Many weeks and days, I am not. Maybe I’m not alone?
Perhaps the weekend was a whirlwind of fun activity and your house looks like a cyclone did, in fact, come through. Maybe the kids were sick last week and you’re still recovering. Or maybe life has just thrown you for a loop lately and your surroundings are as much of a wreck as your emotions.
I totally get you, sister. I have been there. I am still there.
We have so many things in our lives — both good and bad — that call for our attention and wreck havoc when we don’t answer. These things can overwhelm and make us want to curl up in a ball of inactivity. They can highjack the day and leave us at 5 pm with hungry kids and nothing to show for the day.
Please tell me I’m not alone.
Yet, we can make sense of our opportunities and make the most of the time we have as moms of our children, managers of our households, and partakers of this beautiful earth. We just got be smart.
I’ve talked before about the Morning High Five for my kids, the routines that I’ve put in place for my kids since they were little, things that they need to do each morning to be ready for what the day holds. And I’ve mentioned nine ways to get a jump on the day, things that moms can do to be better prepared for the day’s activities.
After a few weeks of not knowing whether I’m coming or going, I’ve narrowed those nine down to five. Five is easier to remember. Five is just a handful. Five is doable for those days when life has thrown you a curve ball and you just need to get a base hit to save the game.
Every day can’t be a homerun kind of day. This is why I propose the MOM’s Morning High Five:
These are five things that I can do (you can do) each morning to feel more alive, more organized, and more ready to face the challenges — and blessings — of the day.
1. Quiet time
Lately I’ve been getting up between 4 and 4:30 each morning. (Yes, really.) I started doing this in the jet lag of our return from London. I liked being up early and found that I accomplished more. Since our return from Europe my kids also wake earlier than they used to, so getting up at 4 am helps me have a head start. I’m not saying you should set your alarm earlier, but I do think that time by yourself in the morning can be helpful.
Having quiet (read: silent) time helps me immensely. When I fill that time with God-centered messages, that helps me even more. I listen to music, read the Bible, journal, and pray. These things help center me in the big picture, though they rarely guarantee me a perfect day.
(Don’t believe the lie that daily devotions will miraculously give you a better day; they don’t. But they do give you a better life.)
Starting the day with my mind in a God-ward direction helps me — and gives me food for thought as I go through the rest of my tasks.
I’m not suggesting you get up at any specific time, just sharing what helps me. I am suggesting that you have a little quiet time each morning, even if it means hiding in the bathroom for ten minutes with your Bible. 😉
You know how I am a reformed couch potato. Exercise has not been my friend for long. It was like the too-cool popular girl who thought I was a dork. Or at least I thought so.
But, I’ve realized — at 42 — that exercise and I can be friends. In fact, we need to be. When I don’t exercise, I have all kinds of aches and pains that make me feel like I’m 82.
Exercise can be as simple as doing some stretches and jumping jacks, taking a walk, or following the moves on a yoga app. (I like this one.) Go whole hog and head to the gym. Whatever you do, try to work movement into every morning.
3. Meal plan and meal prep for the day
You and your family need to eat, probably at least three times today. It’s kinda one of those things that you can’t avoid. So, plan for it. In fact, take 30 minutes each morning to make sure you’ve got what you need and that it’s ready to go.
Even if you spend 30 minute in the morning chopping vegetables and shredding cheese, your meal prep time will go more smoothly and you will feel like a rock star chef. With a prep cook.
4. A load of laundry
If your house is like mine, there’s probably always at least one of load of laundry to be done. The beauty of modern day laundry chores is that a lot of the work is passive. The machines do a lot of the work. Think of our foremothers who hand washed everything. Count your blessings that you were born in this age. You still have to fold, but that is worlds easier than what folks used to have to do.
Get a load going or better yet, make your kids do it.
5. 20-minute speed clean
I hate cleaning, but I love a clean house. I’m convinced that if I really, truly spent 20-minutes every day purposefully cleaning (not just maintenance) my house would look loads better. Go for the cleaning blitz.
In case you didn’t read that right, that’s a confession. I don’t purposefully clean every day. I fight fires and wipe up puke and spills as they happen, but I don’t have a practice of daily get-er-done kind of cleaning. But, I want to.
And that’s really the purpose of this post. I want accountability on these five things. I am making it my next 21-days goal to do this Morning High Five every morning. Wanna join me?
Commit yourself in the comments. And if there’s one or two things out of the five you wanna change for yourself, let us know that, too.