As a mom of two, who works from home, I have to have some structure to my days (and mornings) to make sure I get everything done. I truly believe that having a morning routine that is ANCHORED into your day (more on that in a minute) can set your day up for success + help you be more productive than you thought was possible.
Here are my 3 tips for setting up an AM routine that you can stick to over the long term (including in the busy summer months)…
1. Write out exactly what needs to happen in the morning.
It is SO easy for our morning to get away from us. Especially when we hit the snooze button 15 times in a row. I hate the feeling of being rushed in the morning, and this typically happens when I don’t have a PLAN on what needs to happen in the morning. Before you go to bed the night before, write down exactly what needs to happen.
Do you need to make the bed?
Pack the kids lunch?
Start a load of laundry?
Empty the dishwasher?
Shower, workout, work your business, etc.?
WRITE IT DOWN the night before – and then figure out what time you would need to get up in order to get that all done.
2. Prepare the night before to make the AM less stressful.
To piggyback off the last tip… What can you do the night before to prepare for your morning + make the morning a little less stressful? Obviously, writing down what needs to happen is a start, but is there anything you can do the night (or even the day) before?
I lay out my workout clothes the night before to minimize waking the house, and I try to make Liam’s lunch the night before. I also stand by doing 1 load of laundry a day so I put a load in at night to throw in the dryer in the morning.
Whatever you can do to prepare ahead of time, the better!
3. Be flexible!
My mornings don’t always go as planned. Sometimes, my body needs rest over a morning run. Or I really wanted to get up and read vs doing my workout. Go with the flow when you can. I love thinking of my mornings in a block so instead of saying, “I have to get all these things done before 7 am,” I look at my list and figure out what I will get done in the morning chunk and then what I can do in the afternoon. My mornings look different every day but by having a somewhat flexible outline, I am more productive and then more attentive to my kids.
Here’s what my typical morning looks like:
5:15 Get up, get ready for workout
5:30 Run, lift weights or lead 2x a week bootcamp
6:30 Coffee run (or make it at home), read 1 chapter of my book, finish professional development podcast
7:30 Make kids breakfast, take shower, get ready for the day
8:30 Check email, do 2-3 mindless business tasks I can complete while my kids play
Do you love the mornings or do you run around ragged? I’d love to hear what tips you have or what you got out of this post!