If your home is anything like mine, morning routines set the tone for the rest of the day. My smallest little currently needs about an hour of full-on snuggle time in the mornings to wake up and get going. At the same time, I need to do a few of the things on the list below to feel like I’m ready to start my day. The two cannot happen simultaneously and if only his needs are met in the morning, I do not have a productive day. Conversely, if I try to set him up otherwise and meet my needs in the morning, I also do not have a productive day. Keep reading to learn the 5 things that I have found essential to set myself up for productivity each day.
GET UP BEFORE YOUR FAMILY | As a mama of littles I know that this is not always possible. I strongly believe that getting a head start on the day is the key to accomplishing the rest of this list and being productive. Give yourself grace if this is not possible, but make it happen when it is (preaching to myself here!)
GET READY FOR THE DAY | Even if this is just to put on a pair of yoga pants and a sweatshirt, GET OUT OF YOUR PJS, wash your face and brush your teeth! Ideally, I would love to put on some makeup AND do my hair, but even doing just the things mentioned in the previous sentence makes a huge difference in my productivity. As a mom, if I don’t do these things prior to kids waking up they don’t happen until midmorning or even nap time (GASP!)
DRINK A FULL GLASS OF WATER | As I age, my need for water is becoming increasingly apparent, I honestly wonder if the low blood pressure of my youth was simply functional dehydration. Ha! These days I actually have two little excuses as to why I forget to hydrate throughout the day (their names may or may not start with a G and an H;) so I find that starting my day off with a 24oz glass of water, gets me ahead of the game.
MAKE A LIST OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE DAY | I know that we can’t live by lists entirely, and that life sometimes gets in the way of accomplishing these lists, but it is so nice to have direction for those small periods throughout the day that you can be productive. When I finally have a free moment to myself, I often look at the house and feel overwhelmed, knowing that many things need to be done but not knowing where to start. A list gives me that needed motivation to not waste valuable time. And checking items off a list feels so good, am I right?! I like to add a few hopeful items to the list as well. These are items that don’t have a hard deadline that day but it would be nice to make progress on.
HAVE SOME QUIET TIME | Now this is the evangelical buzzword for spending time in the Bible, but I also like to include a little personal development in the area of entrepreneurship in this time as well. I am currently involved in a Bible study, discipleship group, and delving deeper into Daniel with my Refuge Community Group so I like to do my reading for these during this time and spend some time in prayer (with coffee in hand, of course!) Let’s be real, with littles this is literally the only “quiet” time of the day!
A couple of things you can do before bed the night before to help you accomplish this list include, going to bed early and communicating with your spouse about the following day’s plans/schedule. I often wondered why my spouse could not remember appointments or even my work schedule…and then we had kids. Now I can’t remember anything either, so it is absolutely necessary for us to discuss the events of the day as close to the actual day as we can. This helps to eliminate confusion/frustration throughout the day. I’ve also found that I love to stay up late after the boys go to bed, but if I’m lucky maybe two hours of that time is productive (sometimes not even that!) It is much more profitable for me to go to bed early, and get that “me time” in the morning when it is more likely to be productive and encourage productivity throughout the day.
ONE DAY I would like to add working out to this list because I do think that it is essential for my best productivity, however, I would currently have to get up at 4 AM to make that happen. Let’s be real, this mama cannot get up at 4! If you are able to, and exercising in the morning works best for you, add a workout into your morning routine ASAP! These may seem like no brainers for you, but as a formerly full-time (now PRN) registered nurse my days off were somewhat aimless. I had things that I wanted to accomplish but no routine in which to do them. AND my schedule did not allow me to get up early. I’ve since learned that routine and direction are key to productivity for me.
I hope that this list motivates and encourages you to start your day in a manner that sets you up for success and productivity! Is there anything that you would add to this list? Please comment below!