I’ve learned something about myself over the last few years, which I posted here: A nice, leisurely start to the morning does not work for me. I must get up and get productive because if it doesn’t get done in the morning, it just might go undone!
Something else I’ve learned (please don’t throw rotten tomatoes)… I really like Monday mornings. Strange, I know, but Mondays signal a “do over” for me. A fresh start to my homemaking week (I totally take the weekends off except for removing the really big chunks of food from the floor).
Yay for Tammy picking up Making Your Home a Haven this week! Things have gotten a little out of control lately, and I need to refocus my efforts toward my family and my home. For me, that starts with a productive morning.
Tammy asked us to come up with a Five Things Morning Routine. Five things? There is so much more that needs to be done, but maybe if I can train myself to do the following five things consistently, early every morning, the rest of my morning and my day will roll along smoothly… and productively!
- Get dressed/face/teeth/shower all of that. Sometimes I tend to rush into breakfast or laundry without getting my physical (or spiritual) self ready for the day, and then it’s noon and I haven’t brushed my hair!
- Quiet time. This is something that I desperately need in my routine. No computer. No movement. No kids. Just me and my Bible and a short devotion. My priorities align when I make first things first.
- Start/switch laundry. I know I’m not alone with my seemingly endless laundry piles. I try to do about three loads (washed, dried, folded, put away) three mornings a week. Like most things around here, if the laundry isn’t put away by noon it might wait (and wrinkle!) until morning.
- Start a loaf of bread or whatever other cooking or baking projects I need to do. I let my bread machine do the work on a dough cycle, then I shape and bake the loaves. It’s very helpful if I can also get as much supper prep done in the morning as possible. It is zero fun to be rushing around at 5:00 to get supper on the table with 3 cranky, hungry kids begging for food.
- Eat breakfast. If I don’t start my day with lots of water and a healthy breakfast within the first hour or two of waking, well… you can just call me Mama Bear. I know better (and so do you)!
So, tell me. How do you start your day? Is a routine helpful, or are you able to ease into the afternoon and then hit high gear?