There are many people, especially mamas, that tout the great effects of starting your day off early. Early as in before the kids wake up, diapers need changed, breakfast needs made, dishes need washed, kids need dressed….you get the idea! So today I’m giving you an idea of what works for me. That’s right, ME. I really hope it can give someone out there a great idea to take off with, but each morning routine (or hey, maybe you’re an evening alone time routine kind of person) should be tailored to what YOU need most. The important part is DOING IT! Getting up, making the effort, giving yourself some time. Even if it’s only five minutes of a focused, life-giving activity. DO IT! It will set the tone of your day and help everything run smoother.
- TRY to wake up before the girls. Good thing I’m a morning person, because I keep pushing the time earlier and earlier to try to get up before them. Some days I try to get up at 5:30. Most mornings I can’t get out of bed without first having the nurse Lillie back to sleep. Sometime I can make it to almost 7:00 with both girls still asleep. Other days, we’re all up by six. Even if they wake up with me, I try to have them also have some quiet time and know that this is mama’s time to have some alone time. Doesn’t always work, but we try, and I constantly remind myself to spread grace all around!
- I usually start off with some sort of workout. I keep it short. 10-20 minutes, occasionally 30. Something to get me moving. I like picking a Pilates or Yoga work out. Check them out!
- Next I do my devotionals. I love using the online She Reads Truth devotions.
- Prayer time. Just to be honest, prayer time usually involves a few times of saying, “Mommy will talk with you in a minute, I’m praying right now”.
- This step is one I want to start. If you’ve been around here long enough you’ll know this blog started as a way to record my many gifts I’m thankful for and keep me accountable. I usually record these gifts at the end of the day. Some days I do it, other days I forget. I want to start thinking of at least three things I’m grateful for to start the day off. To begin on a note of gratitude and purposeful joyful living.
- If time allows I also try to jot down what I want to get done for the day. I use the Emily Ley Simplified Planner and love it! If I haven’t done it the night before I come up with a few activities I want to try during our tot home school, and also list what I personally would like to get done. This could involve chores I need to tackle, e-mails that need sent, or other Oh Tiny Gifts related needs. I write down the family schedule for that day if it’s not already in. Seeing things on paper and being able to check them off just gives me a certain amount of satisfaction!
Then the hustle and bustle begins. On days when I can really devote some time to the things listed above, it feels good. Monday through Friday I work to wake up early, because I know I’ll feel better if I do. Saturday and Sunday I let myself sleep in some (it’s a 50/50 shot if the girls let me sleep in) and I try to still read my devotionals during some lazy Saturday morning time.
What do you think of early morning routines? Love ’em, hate ’em? What works best for you? I’d love to hear!
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