...Establishing a morning routine!
I don't know about the rest of you, but I am not a morning person!...at all. Problem is, I have a child who care less about that tiny fact. :) Ironically, since becoming a mom I've transitioned into this motivated morning
- Give yourself enough sleep: If you have to be up early... make a huge effort to get to bed earlier. We'll go over setting up a night routine in a few days, but it's important that you try and get between 7-9 hours of sleep as an adult. (According to the Sleep Foundation) Must be nice huh?! haha... I'll admit I'm lucky if I get a full 6 hours... so this is something I'm still working on. The thing is, after a good night's sleep you're more alert and eager to start your day!
- Make a list of what you need to get done in the morning: Do you need to make breakfast, lunches, pack a diaper bag?... Write down everything you need to do. Even brushing your teeth...these are things that take time to do! Organize them into sections. For example. I try to move through the house from upstairs down to the front door. So I get ready... get the baby ready... do what needs to get done in the kitchen...then pack the car and leave.
- Give yourself enough time: When I think about everything I have to get done in the morning it sometimes seems overwhelming. By organizing what needs to get done, I now know how much time I need to complete them...so I wake up at the right time (with an extra 10 min) to give myself ample time to get things done. Keep in mind, when we discuss the night routine, their will be some things that can be prepped for the morning before going to bed (ex: packing diaper bag, outfit, breakfast...etc)
- Make your schedule and trial run it: This is super important... trial run your schedule for a week. You'll be surprised what unexpected items might get added or dropped. Adjust your setup and try it again. Try hard to stick to it!! Before you know it, it'll be second nature! Maybe you have extra time to throw in a load of laundry or get the crockpot started for dinner? :)
So here's my morning in a nutshell!
It seems simple...and honestly it should be. Matt helps out a lot by getting our breakfast made and lunches packed. Based on how busy the day is he'll either throw in some cinnamon rolls or make bacon, egg & cheese English muffin sandwiches to-go! (We'll talk next week about fitting in good eats and exercise while maintaining a busy schedule)All-in-all this works for us!
Let me know what your morning routine includes! Would love to hear ideas on helping things move along quickly... or great wake-up ideas!