I have tried different versions of a morning routine and I believe that what I have come up with is what I need right now. My goal is to stick to this routine for the whole month of September (I know, I am starting it a couple of days early!) and to see if this is what is going to help my family function better and to help me have a sense of purpose and ritual to my day.
I sat down and wrote out this routine because I was finding some mornings I am so tired, I find myself standing still....staring....staring at nothing....trying to remember what I am supposed to be doing.
So here is my morning routine:
Tidy My Bedroom
Load of Washing
Breakfast clean up
Lounge room Tidy Up
Sweep the floor
Wipe Kitchen table
I find I have a much more peaceful and happier day if I take the time to pray and have a quiet moment to myself. Sometimes I do this before I have a shower or after a shower because some mornings I need the shower to wake myself up!
I love to exercise before I start the day because if I don't do it early my day becomes so full of other activities that I never get back to it. I sometimes can do it at night time but often I am so tired I can't find the motivation or energy.
I love to keep my bedroom tidy and clean. With a house full of lots of kids I need to have one room to go to that has a sense of order. Especially if I need to calm down and have a zen moment to myself - I retreat to my bedroom to feel calm.
With my emails I try to do a few things around the house before I check them. I often find that the emails I get really influences the way my day pans out. So the longer I can leave it the better. It is a real challenge for me.
I find it a great blessing to me to prepare dinner earlier in the morning. My house can sure get crazy around the time of 3-6pm and often preparing a meal is hard to fit in around all the homework and other activities we participate in.
Last of all I remind myself to smile. Often before 9am I have worked hard getting things done and I remind myself to smile to celebrate all of the achievements I have accomplished. It also reminds me to be happy and that I am living a wonderful life.
Do you have a morning routine that works for you???