It’s May 2020 and many of us are still under stay-at-home orders while others are headed back to work. Some of us are just now building a stay-at-home routine while others are probably still struggling with getting out of bed and getting things done during the day. As of a few weeks ago, I fell in the latter category.
Let’s admit it, sleeping in feels so good! However, sleeping in does not always support a routine that helps you to be more productive during the day. Routines are so important, even if you literally have nothing pressing or important to do during the day!
Routines are especially important for mothers and children. Once I started to be intentional about building a daily routine for myself, I was able to easily work out a routine for my daughter as well. Having a routine for children helps them to know what happens next during the day, which relieves anxiety, gives them security, emotional stability and helps them to fall asleep easier at night.
If you’re struggling with getting into a morning routine, here are some tips that I used to build a routine of my own!
Wake up early.
Now I know what you’re probably thinking… “I want to sleep in, I don’t have a reason to wake up early”. YES you do! You want to wake up early so that you can set your intentions for the day, early.
Usually, early in the morning it is very peaceful and quiet outside. That stillness can give us a sense of peace of mind. It helps with our mental clarity and gives us a chance to figure out how we want our day to go. It sets the mood for the day.
Set the alarm clock on your phone and try to wake up by at least 8 am. I personally try to get up at 7 am, this is when my surroundings are most quiet.
Make your bed!
I can remember my mother saying this to me when I was younger! Now that I am an adult, I understand the importance of making my bed each morning. Not only does it make your space look clean, it helps to get you out of the mood of getting back into bed and gets you in the mood of getting other tasks done during the day. That’s because you’ve already checked your first task off the list! Making the bed! Look how easy that was. Normally after I’ve made the bed I head into the kitchen and put on the kettle to check the next thing off my morning routine list.
Have a drink.
Whether you’re a hot drink or cold drink person in the morning, take the time to have a morning drink! Maybe a hot cup of coffee or fresh ginger tea. Those are my personal favorites. Having a drink in the morning wakes up my body and signals to my mind that the day has started.
Don’t forget to drink a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up. It rehydrates your body after sleep and jumpstarts your metabolism. Maybe even add a little bit of organic apple cider vinegar (acv) or lemon juice in there as well. There are so many benefits to drinking acv or lemon water in the morning. It boosts your immune system, helps with digestion and weight-loss, balances your body’s PH and so much more.
Have some quiet time.
This is so vital for mental clarity, especially when life gets really busy again. Taking about 10-15 minutes in the morning to be quiet and sit in silence to pray, meditate or simply reflect on what you want to get done during the day can declutter your mind, ground you spiritually and help you to stay focused on the important things during the day.
Write it down.
Write down your 3-5 top things to accomplish during the day. Whether you’re working from home, managing your children or maybe you don’t have any obligations during this time, determine three things that would bring you joy to accomplish and write it down . For me those three things would be to workout, have active playtime with my daughter and studying for a certain amount of hours during the day. Once I’ve set those goals the next thing I do is prepare a meal.
Meal prepping is something you can do at the beginning of the week so that during the week, or at least the first 2-3 days of the week, you’ll know exactly what’s on the menu. You avoid wasting time and mental energy trying to figure out what to eat. Trust me, I know how stressful it can be to stare into my refrigerator thinking about what to cook on an empty stomach and then resorting to eating my daughter’s not so healthy cheese and crackers snack in the interim. Having a meal already prepared means that you can avoid unhealthy snacking. You simply reheat what you have and move on to getting other things done. It’s also a great way to stay on track if you’re trying to eat healthy.
Turn off the TV and GO TO BED early!
Last but definitely not least, perhaps even more importantly, try to go to bed early. Early to bed early to rise. This is so true because going to bed late night after night is probably the reason why you’re constantly sleeping in every morning. Then, by the time you do get up it’s half past 11 and the morning is already gone! Going to bed early helps you to accomplish the first step I mentioned, which is waking up early. In other words, going to bed sets you up to get enough sleep at night and have a productive day the next day!
I hope these tips help you to build your productive morning routine! If you have any tips of your own, let me know down in the comments!