Maybe this isn’t for everyone, but for me, I really see the benefits of getting up early before my kids. I don’t like being dragged out of bed by my children. And, when I get a late start, everything else will inevitably follow. It’s not rocket science. Breakfast will be late. Homeschooling will be late. Chores may not even get done. And, I’m running around like a mad woman all day, always feeling like I need to catch up but never getting there. Getting an early start eliminates these pitfalls for me.
But I must confess … lately, having an early morning routine has been hit-and-miss. Can I blame it on pregnancy fatigue and morning sickness?
Well, enough excuses! I’m determined to get back into a more consistent morning routine. This post is as much for me as it is for all of you out there, who want to start your day early but different excuses seem to get in the way. Here’s what we need to do.
Have a Plan
If I’m going to make the effort to rise early, I need to have a plan. Otherwise, I’ll get up, shower and get dressed, and go back to sleep … believe me, I’ve done that before. Make a list of a few things that you want to accomplish in the morning. For me, this includes
- have a time of Bible reading and prayer
- check email
- light blogging
- look over my goals for the day
When making your list, consider what you want to accomplish with little interruption.
Our Morning Routine Starts the Night Before
My best mornings have always started before the alarm goes off. Having a before-bedtime routine will help you execute your early morning plan better. What I usually do the night before is
- have the kids set out their clothes for the next day
- prepare any homeschooling stuff
- get coffee maker ready
- prepare my husband’s lunch
- go to bed at a good time
This last one is important. When I go to bed late, I will almost always not have a good morning. I will either wake up cranky or not wake up at all. This takes the most discipline for me. When I get going with a task at night, I want to keep going because my sweet angels are fast asleep. Seems like a good idea, but those kids that sleep so well through the night will get up bright and early the next day. And, I want to be ready for them.
Discipline, Discipline, Discipline
This is going to take discipline, lots of it. Most times, you probably won’t want to get up. This morning, my alarm went off, and I felt like I just feel asleep. It was hard and tempting to milk my already-worn-out excuse, “But I’m pregnant.” But, I sat up (sometimes, it starts with just sitting up), and eventually, with each step towards the shower, I began to really wake up and look forward to my morning.
How do you like to start off your day?
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