If you’re anything like me, your days can often be filled with surprises and even the best laid plans can be turned upside down within a matter of minutes.
One sure way of making my day harder is by starting out on the wrong foot first thing in the morning. I wake up late with a child attempting to crawl into my bed, I walk into the kitchen to see a a few dirty dishes in the sink, and I almost trip on a basket of clothes that weren’t put away yesterday…I feel behind before I even begin.
Do you ever feel the same way? Do you wake up to your day instead of waking up ready for your day?
I’m here to tell you there’s hope! The first step to conquering any obstacle is to admit there’s a problem in the first place.
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To help me get my mornings in shape I’m participating in Crystal Paine’s (AKA Money Saving Mom’s) Make Over Your Mornings course.
So, here are three things that wreck my mornings and how I’m fixing them.
1. I don’t finish well the evening before. I leave a few after dinner dishes sitting in the sink. I forget to check for clothes on the floor after the kids change into their pajamas. I choose to stay up way too late to enjoy the quiet of a sleeping house.
I’m sure you’ve heard the best way to start the morning right is to go to bed early the night before. That’s partially true, but I think going to bed on time is only part of the solution. The full solution for finishing your evenings well is to complete the tasks of the day today so they don’t become the tasks of day tomorrow.
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So, how am I working towards finishing my days well? Thanks to the information I’m learning in the Make Over Your Mornings course, I’m setting up an evening routine that addresses my problem areas and helps me begin each day with a clean slate. I’m also committing to going to bed earlier (notice I didn’t say early, I still need to enjoy some time with my husband when he gets home from work).
2. I don’t make a plan for the day. Of course, I have a general idea of what our days will look like and where we’ll be, but with so many plates up in the air, I need a list or schedule of some type to help me move forward and keep me from being overwhelmed.
Part of my new evening routine includes writing down a plan for the following day. Here are the things I jot down in my plan:
- what we’ll be eating,
- any places we’ll be going,
- a plan for our homeschool,
- chores the kids will need to accomplish,
- household tasks I need to do,
- anything I need to do for the blog or shop, etc.
By making a plan, I’m able to see what the most important things are in any given day. That way, I can focus and reevaluate my day easy as things come up.
3. I don’t wake up earlier than my kids. Theoretically, since I’m going to bed earlier, I should be able to wake up earlier, but since I’m still getting up with a baby and toddler during the night or early morning, there are plenty of mornings when I don’t feel like getting up yet.
However, I can tell a huge difference in my attitude and productivity when I wake up before my children, spend time reading and meditating on God’s word, and review my plan for the day. I love how discovering the motivation of art journaling God’s word has helped me want to get up early and have time to create before the kids are up and I hit the ground running.
In the Make Over your Mornings course, Crystal discusses how rewards aren’t just for kids. By linking external and internal rewards to getting my day off to a good start I am much more motivated to get up and use my mornings well.
So, what’s one thing that wrecks your mornings? Do you leave tasks unfinished at bedtime? Stay in bed until your kids come and wake you up? Go to bed way too late? Not have a plan and feel overwhelmed by all the tasks you need to complete? Whatever it is, there is hope. There are ways you can set yourself up for success by making over your mornings.
Want more help and encouragement? Make Over Your Mornings can be purchased for about the cost of three fancy drinks from Starbucks, but it can completely transform your life!
For years, Crystal has amazed me with all she is able to accomplish, so when I had the chance to find out how she uses her mornings to propel herself to success I jumped at the opportunity!
I love that the course is already changing my mornings (and with only 15-20 minutes a day)!
Like Crystal says, “You don’t have to keep living life feeling constantly behind, overworked, and overwhelmed!”