Mornings can be very challenging in my home. In our family of four, no one likes to wake up. My daughter will tell you, I don’t like mornings anymore. Well, she has not NEVER liked mornings…EVER…although she loves a Saturday morning. My husband is not a morning person and will try to lay in bed until the last possible minute. If Noah can snuggle next to his sister, he is not going anywhere. I need to wake up sloooowly. I need my quiet, I need low lighting, and I need my coffee. For a house full of people do not really like the mornings, we need a system. Anyways – In my home, I am the person that needs to get up, get us all ready, and out of the door on time.
So, let’s talk about 5 Steps that you can add into or modify your current routine to assure a productive, stress free morning…most days
1.Prep the night before
I find that something that will help set me up for a successful morning is prepping for my day the night before. In my home this includes, packing the diaper bag, packing my work bag, picking out everyone’s outfits for the following day, and packing lunches. It reduces the stress and the amount of time I am running around like a crazy person in the morning when these items are taken care of. I recommend adding this into your routine the night before.
2. Plan your week
Planning for your week is very important, especially when you are working with challenging schedules. I have a command center in my kitchen. You will find a calendar, chalkboard for notes, and a place to keep my bills in this area. We maintain our schedule here and it helps us keep track of what is needed for the week or month. However, you actually have to update it or review it for it to work. So, we use a two-step approach. At the beginning of the month, the calendar is filled out with all known meetings, obligations, etc. It is updated as plans change or shift. On Sundays, my husband and I “meet” to discuss what will be needed for the upcoming week. This discussion may include talking about early or late meetings, who will be picking up/dropping off the kids, and any obligations. It may also include anything we need to do that week as well. This could include a shopping list or task list. This allows us to be on the same page and have an action plan for the week.
3. Meal Planning
I STRUGGLE in the morning keeping on track some days. I am no stranger to lack of sleep. So, it can be challenging for me to determine what I want to make for dinner. It is helpful to do some meal planning over the weekend. This is completed as I complete my grocery shopping. Recall I do this online, so it is something that is in practice throughout the week for the following week. If I have this outline of meals, I am more likely to throw the ingredients in the crock pot or prepare for the evening meal in some fashion.
On Sundays, I also enjoy preparing overnight oats for the week and pack my salads in mason jars for the week. This helps to make sure that I will make healthy choices. I do not have a lot of time or a lot of capacity to think about these things.
4. BATCH Clean
Seriously, the batch cleaning method has been a huge game changer in my home. I feel much more refreshed and energized when I wake up to a clean, organized home. I feel cluttered and like I am riding the Hot MESS EXPRESS when my house is unorganized. Keep a clean, organized home to prevent the cluttered mind and wake up to a more productive, stress free morning.
5. Wake up early
I could say that I like to wake up early, but that would be a lie. I do not like to wake up early, however, I do enjoy the benefits. When I wake up earlier, I have time to invest in myself. A little self-care to start your morning can be very powerful. Waking up earlier, allows me to drink my coffee, to read, to watch the news, to gradually wake up, to get dressed/ready for work in peace, and to meditate or exercise. All of these things I consider self care and help me feel more energized and more productive all day.
Mornings can be very challening. Organization and preparation can help reduce the stress and make them more tolerable. Remember that self-care is a terrific step in a productive day. You deserve to care for yourself. If you enjoyed reading this post, please follow me right here on the website or on Facebook. I would be grateful for your support.