Imagine a world where your home is peaceful and quiet, where no one is asking you to get this or make that … Imagine being in this world for 30 minutes.
If You Got Up 30 Minutes Before Your Kids Do …
Instead of being abruptly jolted out of dream state by your kids, you can intentionally wake up at least a half hour before they do. You’d be amazed at how much you can accomplish in that time when you’re not distracted by so many other things. Here are some suggestions on how to make use of those 30 minutes.
“I never have time to read.” Many moms, including me, have expressed this frustration. But if we truly wanted to, we would make time for it. I love being able to read the Bible and pray and truly be alone with God. Remember that 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading time is huge for a mom of little ones!
Again, this falls in the “never have time for” department. We can commit to exercise if we truly see it as important. I’m preaching to myself here, folks!
Drink a Hot Cup of Coffee … real slow
Not lukewarm. Not reheated 5 times. A hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee. Or whatever it is that you like to enjoy without interruption.
It’s amazing how a shower or just getting out of my pajamas can signal the start of my day with the kids. If I wait until the afternoon, then I can tell you that all the time before that was probably not used well.
You can actually respond to those emails and text messages without feeling rushed. So difficult to do during the day when your littles are trying to get your attention, and you are at the mercy of autocorrect.
Keeping a log of the happenings in your world is a wonderful way to preserve a piece history for the generation to come. Wouldn’t it be neat, when your children are grown, for them to read about what life was like for you as a mom?
Have breakfast ready for your sleepy-eyed children and lunches packed for those going to school and/or work. You can even do some dinner preparations, like getting the slow cooker going or precutting some vegetables.
Hobby or Project
Devoting just a few minutes each day might bring you closer to finishing that project than just leaving it on the table untouched while you wait for a whole day to free up so you can tackle it.
A quick clean up could mean one less thing on the day’s to do list. So let’s tidy up before those kids wake up and create more mess for you to clean up.
Make a List of Goals
Just 2 to 4 goals. My husband has encouraged me to include in my goals at least one fun thing, whether it’s something I want to do on my own or with the children. Things can get crazy busy sometimes that we forget to simply do something we enjoy.
What would be on your “Before the Kids Wake Up” list?
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