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My 5 am. Morning Routine

Mornings can be rough, but they are also the foundation that the rest of the day builds upon,  so I try to make sure I start my day on the right note.

I get up at 5 am EVERYDAY,  and follow my morning routine to make sure I start my day with opportunity, clarity, and energy. While it wasn’t easy to get into this routine,  after a couple of years it has become second nature (I don’t even need an alarm clock now!)

A lot of my Morning Routine is very loosely based on the Miracle Morning, a book which lays out a simple 6-step routine, which uses the concept of habit stacking.

The principle behind habit stacking is that to more easily adopt a new habit you stack it on top of an existing habit. For example, because I drink coffee every morning, I have added the habit of planning my day. While I drink my cup of coffee each morning, I will plan out my day.

My Morning Routine

Typically, my alarm goes off at 5:15 am. But I have been rising at the time for so long I often wake up on my own right before my alarm even sounds. ma

5:15: Wake up

Part of what makes my early morning wake up bearable is the fact that during my Evening Routine, I preset my coffee maker to come on at 5:10 am am, so a fresh hot pot of coffee is waiting for me when I come downstairs

I get up, and make my way downstairs. I pour myself a cup of coffee and get settled at either the dining room table or on the couch, and read for about 10 minutes. Reading can be news articles, blog posts in Feedly, or a book I am currently working my way through, whatever I am in the mood for that morning.

5:25: Dishes and Laundry

I unload the dishwasher and put away the dishes that were loaded and run as part of my evening routine, I also throw in a load of dirty laundry.

5:30: Plan

After I do the dishes and laundry I pour myself another cup of coffee and pull out my planners. I review the schedule for the day, and visualize what my day will look like. I make note of what tasks I will want to tackle, and the tone I want to set for the whole day.

I also use this time to review my meal plan for the day/week and update my grocery list, or make note of what needs to be removed the freezer or prepared earlier in the day.

Working in my planners is my favorite part of the morning, I enjoy embracing my creative side with stickers, but I also really appreciate having an outline for my day. As a stay at home mom, my biggest challenge is to keep myself from “floating” from one thing to the next without finishing anything! Yes, surprises will pop up, but with the structure of my planner, I can easily refocus myself after those surprises.

5:45: Blog

I really enjoy writing in the morning, in fact as I type this it is 6 am. I’ve found that when I write in the morning my inner critic is less vocal, and my thoughts are fresh in the morning. If something comes up and I am unable to write in the morning, I really miss it.

6:15: Start Breakfast and Pack Lunches

I wake the rest of my family up around 6:30 so I start making whatever it is they will be having for breakfast and if it is a school/workday lunch. Breakfast can be as simple as bowls of cereal, or a homemade omelet, I try to switch things up.

6:30-7:00 Get Everyone Out The Door

During this time I focus my attention on getting everyone, including myself prepped and ready for the day. If I will be working out after school drop off I get dressed in my athletic wear, then help the kids make sure they have everything they need. Some of my kids have long days at school because of sports and need to bring a regular school bag and a sports bag, we make sure water bottles, snacks, and homework are packed. I drive my kids to school every day, which only takes 15 minutes of my time, but gives them an additional hour at home in the morning, so we also defrost the car during this time.

7:15-11:30 Dig into My Day

After I get back from school drop of I really dig into my day. I do set aside specific days each week to accomplish more involved cleaning or blogging related tasks, but for the other 3 weeks days. I typically tackle:

  • Exercise
  • Shower
  • Laundry
  • Breakfast Dishes
  • Cleaning/Housework
  • Grocery Shopping (if needed)
  • Office Work (confirm appointments/emails/bills etc.)

What does your morning routine look like?

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Jo Lynn

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

I love morning routines. I had been used to getting up around 5am myself, but with a baby in the house, I have lost my ability to open my eyes unless someone makes me (fortunately he's cute and only 3 years old). I've been trying to keep my routine up, even if I move everything back. (But since we homeschool, I have that luxury.) I'm looking forward to getting back to a normal routine someday. I like the idea of leaving certain more time consuming tasks for some days, and other days were left open for exercise, etc. I certainly feel like I can't get in all that I need to do, and when I concentrate on one thing... the other tasks suffer.

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