Oprah, Tim Robbins, Barak Obama, Bill Gates, Stephen King, and many other famous and successful people have morning routines which they claim help them be better prepared for the day so they can get the most from their day.
“Yeah,” you might start to protest, “but they have staff to help them or don’t have children to chase around every morning.”
Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t matter what your situation is, a morning routine is beneficial for anyone. Once you practice it enough times and make it a daily habit, you will see how much of a difference it makes in your life.
You might have to get up a little bit earlier in order to start your day off right, but you’ll find that investment of pre-crazy day time will have great dividends later.
Here are ten tips to help get you started in creating a morning routine that will serve your needs. Feel free to try them out or come up with your own.
- Get up extra early while the house is still quiet and enjoy some alone time to meditate or read and get your day off to a better start.
- Do not turn on the TV or the computer or allow smart devices to be used first thing in the morning as they are distraction from the more important business of getting ready for the day.
- Spend five to ten minutes in the morning (before you wake the kids) to make a To-Do list so that you know what you need to accomplish that day.
- Let the older kids make their own breakfast in the morning.
- To get a little added exercise and one on one time with your child(ren), walk them to school in the morning.
- Try to put in a load of laundry in first thing in the morning so that you can get at least one load done each day.
- Bathe kids at night and take your shower as well so that mornings are less hectic.
- Take public transportation for your office commute so that you can be doing something while you are getting to work instead of stressing out behind the wheel. This is a great time to catch up on some reading.
- Organize things into specific places so that you don’t have to hunt for it in the morning. Better yet, organize needed items the night before, like clothes, sack lunches, paperwork to submit, letters to be mailed, packages to be delivered, books to be returned, etc.
- The night before, assemble a crockpot dinner and store in the fridge. In the morning, plug it in so you can have a hot dinner when you get home.