How to Create an Effective Morning Routine for Busy Moms
June 18, 2019
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Why is a morning routine important?
As a mom of seven children, I can’t function without some type of morning routine. Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up late, or you just snoozed for too long, and the entire day just feels off?
I’ve been there too, and that is why it is a priority for me to stick to my morning routine, no matter how difficult it may feel some days.
Now, I want to mention that I am not talking about the type of morning routine where you wake up at 5 am and spend 2 hours doing a whole list of tasks. While this system works for many people, it is not a one size fits all.
It actually kind of irks me how everyone insists you must start your day at the crack of dawn to be successful.
If you are a morning person, then yes, getting up early IS essential to you. But it is not the most important piece.
What makes a morning routine successful for YOU is finding a system that allows you to get into the mindset you need to start your day off right. You can wake up at 7 am and still be a successful person.
What time should you get up?
If you have kids in school, or you have a day job, then there is certainly a time you do need to get up by. If neither of these are true, then you may have a bit more flexibility to choose what time you wake up.
When trying to decide what time you need to get up, you need to work backwards. Think about all the things you need to do first, and figure out how long all of that normally takes.
If it takes at least an hour to get the kids ready for school, then give yourself an hour and fifteen minutes. That way you have a bit of wiggle room for any unexpected events or tasks that need to be done at the last second.
Now that you have established how much time it takes to do the necessary things, think about the things you would like to do in the morning. Do you want time to sit alone with a cup of coffee? Meditate? Take a quiet shower?
Block out time for the things that you know will benefit you and get you in the right mindset. The point of a morning routine is to make it realistic and beneficial. You don’t need to accomplish everything before you start your day. You just need to do the few things that start you off on the right foot.
Write your morning routine down
Now that you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish in your morning, write it down. You can put this routine on your calendar, in your planner, on a post it note. It doesn’t matter. Just put it down somewhere!
This is going to be your morning guide. When you can’t remember what you need to do, or you just don’t feel like doing it, look at this list. It will help you remind yourself why your routine is important.
If you are a list maker like me you can even write this out in your planner every day and check it off as you go. This is an easy way to help yourself feel accomplished first thing in the morning!
stick to your new routine
You have your morning routine mapped out, you’ve created your schedule, now what? How are you going to implement this every single day?
Starting a new morning routine means creating a new habit. You might not WANT to do this at first. The snooze button might be more tempting than ever.
If you really struggle to get out of bed, then it might be a good idea to make the first thing you do for the day something you can look forward to. Maybe you have a book you want to read, but never have the time to read it. Set aside 15 minutes of your morning to read a chapter.
Once you have stuck to your routine for a while, it will become second nature to you. Your routine will be much easier to stick with in the long run.
what my morning routine looks like
To give you an example, Im going to walk you through my typical morning routine.
6:30 AM : Time to wake up! I brush my teeth and head straight for the coffee.
6:45-7:00 AM – I spend 15 minutes in silence. Sometimes I meditate, other times I write affirmations, and sometimes I like to just write out my goals or my thoughts. This really helps me wake up and set up my mindset for success.
7:00 -8:00 AM Get the kids fed and off to school.
8:00-9:00 AM – I spend this time getting the house in order by picking up, washing dishes, and starting laundry. I like to tackle this stuff right away so I don’t procrastinate on it. If I don’t get it done first thing in the morning, it makes me feel anxious and less productive.
That’s it! I start my day like this every day, and it has been working extremely well for me. I used to try to get up at 5 AM and work on my business, but I do not enjoy waking up that early.
Honestly, I am most creative and productive in my business at night. I prefer the midnight club rather than the 5 AM club. My kids go to bed by 9 PM and I get a solid 3-4 hours of work done before I head to bed.
When I was waking up at 5 AM I felt sleepy and rushed. I knew I only had a limited amount of time before the kids would be waking up, and I didn’t like the feeling of having a time restriction.
Staying up late doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your morning routine. It just means you do your routine a bit different than others, and that is perfectly fine.
What type of routine works for you? Let me know!
If you’re looking for ways to be more productive all day long, check out my 7 tips to being more productive as a work at home mom!