Building Blocks of an Effective Morning Routine
We are all different and we all have different needs but here I am listing the basic building blocks of an effective morning routine.
Wake Up First
Sounds simple right? I find my morning routine works best when I am awake 60-90 minutes before the rest of the family. Even now with 3 adults in the house I am usually up an hour to an hour and a half before Ron and Jordan. Why? It takes time to wake up and be ready to deal with other people. Each step in your morning routine is helping you prepare for your day ahead and being awake…and pleasant is a wonderful way to greet your family each day.
Your body has gone at least 8 hours without much needed hydration. Start your morning with an 8oz glass of cold water BEFORE dehydrating it more with a caffeinated beverage. Water wakes up your body internally and re-starts your bodily functions.
Stretch and/or Exercise
I am not a morning exercise person but every morning I do some basic stretches to get my body moving and work out the kinks after a good night’s sleep. Some of you would rather head to the gym, jump on the treadmill or go for a run first thing in the morning. If that is you, go for it.
Reflect and Give Thanks
I start my day with a time of Bible study and prayer. This time alone on my comfy couch with my Savior is the most important time of my day. This centers me and focuses my mind and heart on what is truly important.
Do the Hard Thing
There are a few household chores that I hate or even tend to forget, so I added them to my morning routine. I hate emptying the dishwasher. I know it only takes a few minutes but I just don’t like to do it. Now if it needs to be emptied, I do it right after my Bible study time. Then it is done and nothing will pile up in the sink because there is room in the dishwasher for them. I also do my laundry as part of my morning routine. I start a load as soon as I get up and
I move it after my Bible study time voila, laundry done for the day…and I didn’t leave it sitting in the washer for hours!
Do you like to shower in the morning? Do it early a nice cool shower will wake you up and get you moving. Take a few extra minutes getting ready for your day. When you feel good about yourself it helps you move through your day with confidence.
Mom Maven’s Morning Routine
Remember, my morning routine will look different than yours. My household is myself, my 20 year old college student son and me. I have been where you are, remember, we homeschooled for 16 years, my mornings haven’t always been so “me” focused.
- 7:00am Wake-up (Mon-Friday)
- Start laundry if needed
- Mix up my Plexus Slim with 12 oz water, take my Accelerator and X Factor
- 30+ minute Bible Study and Prayer time
- Move laundry if needed
- Empty dishwasher if needed
- 20 minutes of reading time while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa. I usually read a Christian Living or Business book during this time.
- Breakfast-usually eggs and toast or a P96 shake while scrolling through Facebook.
- Get dressed
- 8:30am Hubby gets up, he has been watching the news in bed for about 30 minutes 🙂
- 8:30am Mon & Fri out the door to my morning chiropractor appointment. Tues, Wed, Thurs get some housework done
- 10:00am Into my office and start the work day managing my blog, my travel agent clients and my Plexus team.
I hope this post has been helpful. Another great way to prep for your day is by having an effective Evening Routine. I hope to get a post up soon about how my evening routine, which is shorter than my morning routine, is helping me sleep better and start each day off smoother. If you have any questions or comments please, I love to hear from you!