I never was a morning person. Having children has changed that. I now get the majority of my productivity done in the morning. By the time 4 pm hits, I’m done. There’s no way the floors are getting mopped or the bathroom cleaned if the clock is past 5 pm…make that 3 pm. Over time I have also come to find that the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. If I didn’t have a morning routine, nothing would get accomplished. The day would turn to custard, and dinner would for sure be takeout. If your mornings look like chaos, then this post is for you. Below is your ultimate guide to establishing a morning routine.
Who needs a morning routine? Well, in my opinion, anyone that wants to achieve something with their day. Whether you’re off to work in the morning, or staying home, you still will benefit from establishing a routine to begin your day.
If you want to get out the door in time, then a morning routine is what you need. If you want your day to run smoothly at home, then you need to set up a morning routine. Can you tell I’m a die-hard fan?
I know what it can be like to start the day with all the best intentions in the world, only to end it in fatigue and frustration. Establishing a morning routine has helped so much to avoid that.
But why? Why do you need a morning routine? Here are my two main answers:
Your morning routine is a major contributor to the success of your day.
I have two children. They are 18-months apart, at at the time of this post, they’re 2 and 8 months. I think most mothers can concur that from around 4 pm till bedtime is pure survival mode. If you’ve not heard the term ‘witching hour’, then I suggest you look it up. There’s something about those hours that sends kids into a total meltdown. Everything is a big deal and all of a sudden, getting that simple dinner onto the table becomes a mammoth task. If you manage to get dinner on the table and the kids into bed, you’re probably about ready to lock yourself in a closet and hide from the world.
Raise your hand if you’ve been there!
Establishing a morning routine can allow you to transfer much of the witching hour work into the morning hours where everyone is just a little more on the sane side of things. Ultimately, it will make your evening much more bearable, and you can even enjoy a fairly relaxed family dinner time.
Leaving The House
Of course, if you’re planning on leaving the house for work or errands in the morning, then having a set routine will get you a long way towards leaving the house on time. If you have children, you will completely understand the monumental task it can be to get out the front door on time. Being on time isn’t something that is simply decided on. Nope, in my household, it is the result of a master plan that often begins the night before.
If you can create a timeline and know exactly what needs to be done when then that ‘morning rush’ can almost be completely avoided. I say ‘almost’ because with kids anything can happen. For real…anything. It is for that reason that we start getting in the car 15 minutes before we’re supposed to leave. I’m even thinking of extending that to 20 minutes because we’re only just managing to leave on time.
Your Ultimate Guide To Establishing A Morning Routine
Ok, so you want to get a good morning routine down pat. I hear ya! Where do you start? Well, if you’re struggling to figure that out, or you just want someone to hand you the guide…you’re in luck. I’ve done all the grunt work for you and created a printable guide that you can download. Simply follow the instructions and you’ll be able to create your own personalised morning routine that will help to streamline and simplify your daily living!
You can also print out the guide for each family member should you care to, and then create a master routine.
There are so many tips and tricks to help you day end smoothly, but I’m going to say that starting it off in a way that is intentional and productive will go a long way in helping.
What is something you include in your morning routine to help the day run more smoothly?
Until next time!