I don’t know about you, but mornings can get pretty hectic around here. As a mom of many, a wife of a traveling sale leader, and as someone who is running two business out of her home AND is not naturally a morning person, mornings can be a struggle. Let me say that again, mornings can be a struuuuggle. However, I’ve seen that when I make a habit to get up before my kids and get prepared for the day, it makes all the difference in the world. In my day, and in their day as well. I’m happily sharing this morning routine checklist for moms, that is, right after I grab a hot cup of coffee.
This morning routine checklist for moms is sponsored by Left Field Farms, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I wonder what percentage of moms are night owls and early birds? Have you ever thought about that? According to general studies of the population found here, night owls and morning birds tend to be similar in percentages (10% of the population) and there’s a wide population (80%) of people are don’t fit in either category. I’m guessing we, as in women and mom’s, are the same. Even if you tend to lean towards a night owl like me, there are huge benefits for sticking to a routine and being prepared for the day before your kids get up.
Here are just 10 benefits:
- By waking up early, you get peace and quiet which may not be a guarantee any other time of the day!
- You can spend time focusing on your faith, meditating, or personal development.
- You can put your health first by fitting in a healthy breakfast and taking your supplements.
- You can fit in exercise, even if it’s 10-15 minutes of cardio or weights.
- You can read a book or journal, and have a moment to begin your day with inspiration.
- You can have a moment to connect with your spouse.
- You can start the day with a shower…haha!
- You can begin your day not feeling rushed!
- You can greet your family bright-eyed and already ahead of their schedule.
- You can have a HOT cup of coffee…can I get an AMEN?
So why do we need a routine? Did you know that highly effective people tend to be early risers? According to this article by Forbes, early risers tend to be more productive, more optimistic, better problem-solvers, and they are healthier, among other things. Now that we know there are obvious benefits to creating a routine and sticking with it, keep reading for a simple but effective morning routine checklist for moms.
1. Get started early. Set an alarm, and a good one, and don’t allow yourself hit snooze. When it goes off, resolve that you are getting up. Make your bed and throw open your curtains. The simple act of making your bed sets you up for a more productive day. When my bed is made, I have an overall feeling that the house is cleaner and my act is more together. Take a shower. Oh, that was not questionable for you? Ha! I find when I take a shower and get ready for the day, I am so much more productive and can be prepared for whatever may come. Of course, there are days (usually my Monday’s) that I look like a hot mess, but when I get ready, even if it’s just a hot shower, I feel the difference.
2. Spend time reading. Your Bible, meditating, or it could be reading something that is for your personal development or relaxation. When I get in 5-10 minutes of a quiet time reading, my day is always better and I find I’m a happier person when my kids wake up.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast. I’m sharing a series on the blog of simple, healthy breakfast options for families because breakfast is such an important meal for the day. There are so many benefits, from getting your metabolism moving to providing energy for your day. Whether it’s a quick protein smoothie, scrambled eggs, or another healthy option, get that in before the madness of your day begins.
4. Get organized for the day. Quickly check your calendar and glance at your email to check for any emergencies or changes to your schedule. I do not usually fully engage in my email, I save responding and fully reading until after my kids are up and ready for the day. But I do take a few minutes to make sure nothing has changed for my schedule. If you need to make time to put in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher, spend 3-4 minutes on a house-related task. Assemble those lunches and make sure the backpacks are ready.
5. Brew a hot pot of coffee. And enjoy it in peace and quiet. What? Hot coffee? In peace? You don’t have to continually warm up your coffee multiple times a day. One of my treasured parts of my day is if I can sit with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy a quiet time reading the word. Mamas, if we aren’t making time for ourselves, we won’t have much to give! Make YOU a priority at least once a day!
Speaking of coffee, I’ve become a bit of a coffee creamer connoisseur over the years, at least of those offered at Walmart. I love to try new flavors so when I saw this Left Field Farms creamer is made with real milk, cream and sugar AND it’s Non-GMO, I was so excited to try it. It has a light sweetness to the flavor and it has the perfect creamy factor. It’s not too bold, but provides my coffee with the perfect amount of creamy, sweet flavor.
If you’ve been around Maune Legacy for a while, you know I love healthy food and beverage options, so I’m so glad to have found a creamer that is a healthier option. Because as I’ve shared before, I like a little coffee with my creamer, if you know what I mean! I also love to use creamer in recipes as well, so Left Field Farms is now top on my list!
I hope you found this morning routine checklist for moms useful and that it can help you live a more productive, and happier, life! If you’re wanting to go into more detail about kids schedules, check out my 10 tips for stress-free mornings with kids. Here’s a handy pin so you’ll have this for later!