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When I started getting up earlier than my girls, I noticed an immense change in my morning. It’s like I have been given an extra hour. It’s a Bonus Hour. More than just adding additional productive or relaxing time to my day, it makes the first hour with my girls all the more pleasant.
Having a morning routine helps to start my day off right. I am refreshed and excited for the day. I don’t always have the same goal for this early morning time. Some days the goal is productivity and other days the goal is refreshment. My mornings tend to be a combination of the habits below.
If you want to add morning habits to start your day off right, here are 7 habits to add to your morning routine.
This is the essential piece: wake up before the kiddos. I am much more ready for the day when I have had some morning time alone. A slow, peaceful and productive morning is much more enjoyable than a rushed and stressful morning. I love the chance to linger over my morning mug of coffee.
When my day doesn’t start off as planned, even a few minutes helps my day start off on the right foot.
Spending time in God’s Word helps to set my heart in the right place. It helps my mind and heart to set the right priorities for our day and for our life. It gives me the perspective on what matters in my life as a wife and mom. It encourages me.
When I get up in the morning, I usually have my top three tasks for the morning already written down. The evening before I write down my first three tasks of the day, so I can just get started without having to think about it. This helps me be focused during the hour or so that I have to myself.
When I have started the day checking a few items of my list, I have a head start on any tasks I must accomplish. This is key when trying to get at least some blog work done each day. (Have you considered starting a blog? Get a step-by-step guide here.) This also results in a more relaxed, less task-oriented day.
Sometimes it may be a quick stretch, occasionally it’s a morning run. I do not start my day with physical activity every morning. When I do start my day with a run, I feel incredibly ready for the day. It’s the greatest feeling to have a run and shower in before I have to get breakfast ready for the girls! Consider a quick walk around the block. Here are Over 30 Ways to Fit Exercise into Your Daily Routine.
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I think that we all know the benefits of breakfast and why we shouldn’t skip it. I leave room for plenty of splurges in my diet, but breakfast is the one meal that I try to always keep healthy. I feel so much better when starting my day off right. My breakfasts of choice: oatmeal, green smoothie, yogurt & granola or eggs.
And coffee is good for you. Always start your day with coffee and remember to drink plenty of water.
Reading, writing, and relaxing with a cup of coffee is a refreshing way to start the morning.
Whether you have a strict morning routine or a flexible non-routine, include a few minutes of an incentive to help you get up and start your day. What refreshes you? What can be done in 5 minutes? Find out and give yourself the gift of a few minutes starting your day off right! If your morning has been derailed and not one item is checked off your to-do list, move on. But do try and give yourself a few minutes.
Something to Ignore…
Social media is the perfect way to lose focus on what you want to accomplish right away in the morning. It is easy to attempt to just check one thing and then realize you have wasted more time than you intended. If you have a list of priorities for the morning, commit to not checking social media (or possibly your e-mail also) for the first hour or so of your day.
When I am more intentional about how I start my day, I am better prepared and ready for whatever joy or struggles the day will hurl at me.
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