Start the day well with a morning routine
My morning routine actually starts the night before. I recently established a morning routine and it has helped me to do a better job of keep up with everything I need to get done each day. The first thing I do the night before is five tasks that help prepare me for the next day. For me I get any meat out of the freezer for the next nights dinner, I make my to do list (5 items only), get bread out of the freeze if needed, run the dishwasher and do a quick 15 minute clean up.
It is amazing how much easier the morning goes with just these few things done the night before. It is also important to get to bed on time. When you establish a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time each night and getting up the same time in the morning you will feel more rested.
Then in the morning I have 5 tasks that I do each morning within two hours of waking up. This helps me to get certain items out-of-the-way for the day. By having these tasks automated I know I will get them out-of-the-way and done for the day.
Does this mean our mornings go smoothly and all my items get done. Well the answer truthfully is no. Most days are smooth, some days things just happen. So on the days when things just don’t go my way, I try to cut myself some slack and do my best. I try to keep my attitude positive as I know it will help to keep my kids happy and positive. I also tell myself well if it doesn’t get done today there is always tomorrow. Being to hard on yourself on a bad day does help anyone. Make sure to give yourself some grace.
Do you have a morning routine to help your day get off to a good start? If not, why not try getting one set up and see if it helps your mornings go smoother.
Just a little side not here, not everyone is a morning person so if your family is a family of night owls who like to sleep in. You may want to establish a late morning or early afternoon routine. Do what works for you and your family. Don’t try to squeeze your family into a mold that just doesn’t fit.