When evaluating my goals, I knew there was one thing I had to do in order to kickstart my productivity and give me the motivation I needed to fulfill my vision for the year. As much as it pained this night owl to admit, the one thing I knew I had to do was to wake up early — 5:00 a.m., to be exact. In order to convince myself to start waking up early, I needed to create a morning routine that would make it easy for me to drag myself out bed in the morning. Below are my tips for creating a killer morning routine that makes you want to get out of bed.
I am not a morning person, so I knew this would not come easy. Setting my alarm clock for 5:00 a.m., meant I had to go to sleep by 9:30 p.m., to get an ample amount of sleep.
I would much rather sleep from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., but I have kids who wake up at 6:45 a.m. when school is in session. I chose to rise at 5:00 a.m., in order to give myself an adequate amount of peace and quiet before the kids wake up and the day gets hectic.
Incorporating the discipline of waking up early allows me to work toward the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year without distraction.
Waking up early has shown me that I have more time available in the day to check items off of my task list than I initially thought. Although it seems counterintuitive for a night owl like me, waking up early also makes me a happier person and a better mom because I get a daily dose of me-time first thing in the morning.
I am able to read my Bible and drink my coffee in the stillness of the morning and take the time to plan out my day. Planning my day out ahead of time helps me to stay productive all day long.
CREATE A KILLER MORNING ROUTINE
If you’re like me, and you struggle to get everything done during the day, I encourage you to try waking up early. It helps you accomplish more, yes, but it is also about nurturing your body and your soul, which is essential for a busy mom.
Our lives are spent caring for others. You will quickly burn out if you do not learn to care for yourself as well. When you fill your cup first, it is easier to pour out love to others. Give yourself permission to focus on you during the early morning hours and unlock your true potential.
I’m going to give you a basic blueprint to make this as easy as possible. Below you will find my tips for developing a morning routine that makes you want to get out of bed.
1 // START WITH SOMETHING YOU LOVE
Like I said before, I am not a morning person, so “hitting the ground running,” so to speak, does not entice me to get out of bed. What I look forward to the most is a hot cup of coffee in my robe and slippers. The first thing I do when I get up is head straight to my kitchen and brew myself a delicious caffeinated beverage.
2 // BE STILL
Once I have my cup of coffee in hand, I grab my Bible and cozy up on the couch. I read for about 30 minutes, soaking up God’s word while sipping my coffee. You could also take this time to read a devotion, work your way through a Bible study, pray or just allow yourself to sit still and reflect. Giving yourself a moment of peace before the day begins will change your whole outlook and start your day out on a positive note.
3 // PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
Sit with your day planner and review your to-do list. Write down what you must accomplish that day. Try to keep the list as short as possible. You can always add to it if you check everything off of your list. Knowing what you must get done by the end of the day helps you to stay focused and allows you to eliminate wasted time.
4 // FIT IN FITNESS
Find something you love to do and get your body moving, whether it’s running, walking, lifting weights, yoga or some light stretching. If you have trouble fitting in fitness throughout your day, try adding it to your morning routine.
5 // GET DRESSED FOR THE DAY
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get more done when I get dressed for the day. This one is tough for a stay-at-home mom, but I feel better about myself when I get out of my pajamas and put on real clothes. It doesn’t have to be anything super fancy, just something that makes you feel confident. If you are home with kids all day, you definitely need to be comfortable.
What do you include in your morning routine? If you’re a night owl like me and decide to try waking up early, be sure to come back and let me know how it works for you. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!