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.
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
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.
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
I also use this time to review my meal plan for the day/week and update my grocery
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.
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
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:
- Breakfast Dishes
- Grocery Shopping (if needed)
- Office Work (confirm appointments/emails/bills etc.)
What does your morning routine look like?