My Morning Routine- Stop feeling frustrated in the morning!
For today’s post, I wanted to show you my weekday morning routine and how I overcame feeling frustrated and worn out before the day even began.
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My daycare is open from 5:30am-5:30pm. I don’t have kids that early in the morning, but if something happened at the parents’ work and they needed to go in early one day, that is the earliest I would take in a child. I’ve had it set up like that for a while because that is when I used to wake up. But with no kids that early in the morning, I started getting up with my daughter’s alarm at 6:30 and then felt rushed and frustrated in the morning, which carried over for the rest of the day. Most of the time I didn’t even get to finish my cup of coffee until noon.
I hated feeling like that, but when thinking about it, I felt overwhelmed and didn’t know how I was going to get into the routine to fix it. I ended up finding Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings course. It helped me tremendously and now I have a fantastic schedule that works!
I started by getting clothes set out and everyone’s lunch done the night before, that way I could focus on everything else that needed to be done in the morning. I also made sure to go to bed at a decent time to get enough sleep and have the energy to take on having multiple children at home.
I get up an hr before my kids Monday-Friday so that I can have a few moments of quiet in the morning and to enjoy at least one cup of coffee before I get to work. What I do in that hour before the kids get up varies depending on the day.
Monday, after I’ve spent 15 minutes getting dressed and makeup on, I’ll use the time to set up my daycare. I get playpens set up, the portable swing open and ready, warm up the water for the morning bottles and put it in a thermal, pull out what I’m making for breakfast, and go over the meals and activities I might have planned for that day. It only takes me about 10-15 minutes to do that and I feel so ready when my kids’ alarm goes off.
*Update* Tuesday, I do the water for bottles again, set out breakfast, go over the meals, and then pull out the meat for that evening’s dinner if it isn’t already defrosted. Then, I go live on Facebook with my mom. We just stared it 4/3/2018! It was a 17 minute live and my youngest woke up in the middle of it. But I was able to get makeup on and drink coffee while on my live!
Wednesday and Thursday, I’ll do a quick 10 minute workout and debate whether I want makeup that day. Most of the time I’ll put it off until nap time. I’ll do the water for bottles again, set out breakfast, go over the meals and activities, and then pull out the meat for that evening’s dinner if it isn’t already defrosted. I’ll spend a few minutes on writing or reading until my children wake. I take my shower in the evening after the kids are in bed.
Every other Friday, I’ll wash sheets and towels first thing in the morning. I do the usual warming water and going over meals, I only do an activity on Friday if there is a holiday. I try to do a movie day on Fridays too, one I have on hand or Netflix. Then I spend most of the time on Facebook or on Pinterest looking up craft ideas for the next 2 weeks while drinking my coffee. Friday is my relaxing and planning time.
That’s basically it. I try to not do too much in the morning considering I work for about 11 hours. I don’t want to get worn out too early in the day because I had already done a lot. This morning schedule helps me not feel overwhelmed with everything I need to do for my family, my daycare, Younique, and this blog.
If you’re interested in fixing your routine and looking for help to feel less overwhelmed and more accomplished, I highly recommend doing Crystal’s 14 day course with me! It’s only 15 minutes a day, easy to fit in during nap time or whenever you have time.
Stay tuned for next week’s post where I’ll talk about my evening routine.