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I have never been a morning person… my dad gets up at the crack of dawn every day ready to go… that gene lies totally dormant in me!
I’ve come to realize though, that if I get up and moving in the morning and make the most of the first couple of hours that I am up my day is so much better and more productive!
I’ll confess here before I get started that these are 5 things that I try and do. There are mornings where I roll back over and go to sleep and then don’t get near the start I want to on my day. I know how much of a difference it makes so it is something I am working toward doing every day!!
It’s hard as a busy mom, when your day gets pulled in a million different directions once the kiddos are awake to regroup and start again. So starting the day off strong and productive is your best bet!
Before I share my tips I want you to really think about what your ideal morning would look like. What would you get done? What time would you get up? If you could wave a magic wand and start your day off in the way that suits you best what would it be?
Keep that in your head as you read these tips and figure out how they’ll best work for you!
#1- Start the night before– A great morning really begins the night before! Figure out what time you need to get up to get the most out of your morning and set your alarm. Lay out the clothes you want to wear the next day. Get together book bags for the kids, anything you’ll need for errands the next day. Run your dishwasher and clean up the kitchen. Starting the day with a clean slate really sets the tone! Do what you need to so that you can start your day the next morning without having leftover mess or stress from the day before.
#2- Make a to-do list- First thing when you wake up make a list of things you want or have to get done that day. Your brain is sharpest first thing in the morning. Your mind is clear from sleeping and you’ll be able to make a list and be less likely to forget anything. I like to keep a pen and notebook on my night stand that way if as I’m falling asleep I think of something I can jot it down and in the morning I can make a list of things to do. I used to hate to-do lists because I felt like they were stressful. But once you get the hang of making them, and get the satisfaction of checking things off, and realize how they help you to get more done making one starts to feel great!
#3- Take time for self care– As moms we often forget to take care of our selves, we don’t make it a point to set aside time for things that renew and rejuvinate us. First thing in the am is a great time to make time for yourself. What makes you feel great in the morning? Is it running on a treadmill, taking a nice long shower, maybe devotional or study time? Mine is about half an hour of yoga followed by a nice quiet cup of coffee.
If you poke around here on the blog you’ll figure out quickly that I like products and recipes made with simple ingredients and my coffee creamer is no exception. For a long time I made my own creamer until I found International Delight Simply Pure Creamer. I’ll let the label speak for itself… check that out only 5 ingredients and you can pronounce them all!
When I’m looking to make my morning simple and productive having a coffee creamer that tastes delicious and I feel great about using makes a big difference. It’s easier than making my own and I get to choose from vanilla, hazelnut and caramel, all available at Walmart!
#4- Get your daily chores started- Laundry is my arch nemesis… I generally have piles and piles of laundry to do. So one of the first things I do to start my day is throw a load of laundry in the washer. Then I empty the dishwasher, feed the cats and dog, and go check on my chickens. Getting a jump start on daily chores sets the day up well. If the dishwasher is empty the sink doesn’t end up overflowing with dishes, if you do a load of laundry a day it doesn’t pile up a much. Whatever chores you need to tackle just go ahead get them started!
#5- Eat the Frog– I’m pretty sure it was Mark Twain who gave the advice to eat the frog first thing in the morning. What that means is to take a look at your to-do list and see what item you’re dreading the most. Is it calling about a bill? Maybe it’s cleaning the cat box? Whatever is on your list that you don’t want to do but need to get it done first. That way you won’t be tempted to put it off and put it off and have it there dangling as a stressor. If you get it out of the way first thing the rest of your day is smooth sailing and you don’t have that one thing hanging over your head with dread! This is a hard one to do but really makes a huge difference!
What do you do to take control of your morning?? Do you have a favorite coffee creamer like International Delight Simply Pure? I’d love to hear how you supercharge your day!
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