Mom life can be tough! But having a good morning routine is a game changer. Find out how this simple and powerful routine will give you more energy, help you get more done and allow you to reach your goals!
Let me start off by first saying that I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. Not a bit. It doesn’t come naturally to me at all. But unfortunately for me, there is no snooze button on hungry kiddos in the morning. So I’ve had to evolve.
As I have learned to embrace mornings for the productive powerhouses that they are, I realized that there were two things contributing to my dread of mornings: Lack of sleep and lack of a plan.
Changing these two things has completely changed me. Over time, I’ve noticed that I get MORE done in a day. I’m more productive and efficient. I’m happier and less frazzled. And I’ve started setting (and achieving) bigger and more long-term goals.
Did you know that there actually is a link between early rising and future success? I’m so glad I’ve listened to the advice out there.
I’m not perfect and it still isn’t completely natural for me, but more often than not I am now an early riser. I’ve seen the results and I know they will continue to get even better as I keep making the conscious effort to wake up early.
Now let’s talk about how to make good mornings happen.
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I absolutely love the morning routine taught by Hal Elrod in his book, The Miracle Morning. But even the best routines can fail if you don’t have a few key things in place.
So before diving in, let’s talk about how to set yourself up for success.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Girl, get some sleep!
Planning a good morning routine isn’t going to do much good if you’re too tired to get up early. Believe me I know.
For the longest time, I held proud to my identity as a “night owl”…while still having to be up and ready to tend to my responsibilities the next day. I figured “hey, I survived in college, I’ll be fine”.
So I did it when I was working. I did it when I decided to stay home. And I prided myself on the fact that I was still functioning just fine.
Yet I found myself waiting until the last possible second to get up (after many snooze hits). My first thoughts for the day would be about my next bedtime. I often found myself getting cranky for no reason. I even formed a bad snacking habit and wasn’t consistent with exercise anymore.
And as time went by, I found myself accomplishing less each day. Then I’d binge a few late-nighters to get caught up on things. And around it went.
This was NOT a healthy cycle.
I finally came to the conclusion that something needed to change. Everyone wakes up. It’s inevitable. And I could continue to dread the moment my alarm went off and count down the hours until bedtime, or I could do the impossible…learn how to love mornings.
During this time I loved my life but I was just too tired to enjoy it fully. And I would make plans to be productive. But again, I was just too tired to follow through.
So I embraced that fact that I was human and before anything, I just needed more sleep. And so do you.
What can you do to help in this area? Establish a good nightly routine. Try to get to bed at the same time each night. And aim for 7-9 hours of sleep…as often as you can.
SET YOURSELF UP
FIRST, SET YOUR ALARM EARLIER.
I know, I know. But in order to establish a good morning routine, you need to give yourself time for it. Do as much of your morning routine before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.
This means setting that alarm 30-60 minutes (or more if you’d like) earlier than what you’ve been doing. If that is a struggle, start with 15 minutes earlier and work your way to your desired goal.
NEXT, GET OUT OF THAT BED!
If you struggle with mornings like me, the first thing will be to get yourself OUT of bed and conscious enough to start the day.
When you set your alarm the night before, make sure you put it somewhere you can’t reach. That way you HAVE to get out of bed.
And while you’re up, head straight to the sink and brush your teeth. This will wake you up. Next drink a full glass of water.
There! Now you’re all set to start your power morning. What does that include? Let’s get into it.
POWER MORNING ROUTINE
The Miracle Morning has been life-changing. I love how Hal takes elements of routines I’ve tried in the past and puts them into one simple and sustainable 6-step routine.
And to make it even easier to remember, he gave it the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. (You can grab your own copy of the printable above in the Parenting Library.)
There are many ways to implement this routine. Here is what I’ve found to work for me.
Don’t start your day with music and news. Don’t check email or social media first thing. The rest of your day will be filled with distraction and noise, so enjoy the fresh silence and stillness that only a morning can bring.
Once I’m awake enough (after brushing my teeth and drinking water), the first thing I do is pray. If you are not religious and prefer positive affirmations, this would be an excellent time for that.
Take a moment to visualize your day. Go through your to-do list and map out your day. Think through any big tasks you have planned and how you plan on accomplishing them.
Try to fit in some form of exercise every day. This could be 5 minutes of stretching or a quick 10 minute routine to get your blood pumping. If you have the time, aim to sweat for at least 30 minutes.
You can take as much or as little time as your schedule and fitness level will allow. But try to do at least something to get your blood and breath flowing for the day.
Read something educational every day. Whether you’re going through your favorite self-improvement book or studying a skill, use this time to read and find ways to apply what you’ve read to your life. I use this time to read and study scripture.
Set a goal for how long you will spend reading each day and do your best to stick to it. Even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes.
The last letter in the acronym is scribe, or write. Spend a little time each morning writing. You can journal. You can free write. You can map out your goals.
I started a gratitude journal last year and write 10 things every day that I am grateful for from the day before. 10 might seems like a lot, but it forces me to look for the good in my day. This has also become sort of a daily log/journal as well for the good things I’d like to remember. Starting the day off in gratitude sets me up for a much different outlook on my life.
And that’s it!
I personally have worked up to a routine that takes me 2 hours, including transition time. I aim for 60 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of reading.
And the crazy thing is…I don’t dread the early alarm anymore! It might take me a second to get moving, but once I’m up and going, I love my morning “me” time.
Don’t be turned off by how long mine is though! This routine can actually be condensed to less than 30 minutes total. Give each just a few minutes and even that will start to change your days noticeably.
So set a goal to try this morning routine for 1 week. EVERY DAY. No exceptions…okay, maybe except for a lazy Sunday. But seriously. As you go throughout that week, take notice of your mood, your productivity level and your ability to be present and engaged in your life.
If you get to the end of the week, you might realize that you can do this! Try one more week. And then keep going from there.
Waking up early is a habit that for many people takes conscious effort. But giving yourself that time will set you up for some pretty amazing results.
What do you want to accomplish most? Do you want to get out of debt? Do you want to get in shape? Do you want to learn a new language? Do you want to start a business?
This routine will make it possible for you to plan and achieve any goal, big or small. Productive mornings are the secret weapon to the success of so many. So give it a try and see what you can accomplish!
I’d love to hear about your mornings! How do you like to start the day?
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