I have learned over the years of adulting that if I don’t start my morning right, my whole day is a mess. Especially when you have four little ones depending on you. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Lol. Before kids, life was easy breezy and it was all about me. Now, after kids, they are sometimes my personal alarm clock.
Some days I get up on time and make it a great day. Other days, I might not wake up on time but I still try to make it great! Plans don’t always stick but I do try to stay consistent! My morning routine is not perfect! There are some things I want to improve and incorporate more into my daily life. I’ll share more about that towards the end of this post.
Waking up to No Plan is a no-no!
If I don’t know my daily tasks for the day, I’ll end up doing things that aren’t important like scrolling social media. My top priorities will probably be skipped causing me to fall behind on schedule. To avoid this, every Sunday evening, I take a little time to plan out my week. I need to be able to keep up with appointments, karate meetings for the kids, days I want to write and schedule pins for my blog and more. I put all of this in my beloved bullet journal and operate from that every morning!
I should also let you know that this is my summertime routine. It is very different during the school year because I am a homeschool mom. I will share with you my Fall and Homeschool morning routine during the autumn months.
Why do you need a morning routine?
You need a good morning routine because it sets the tone for the day and it helps to shift your mind in the direction of execution. Meaning, once you get started with smashing small tasks like morning self-care, making the bed and getting kids off to school, you will have a bit more confidence to tackle the big tasks that are on your to-do list. You’re building momentum from the time you wake up!
How long should a morning routine last?
Honestly, your routine can be as long or short as you want it as long as you can smash a few goals during that time. I try to get up at least an hour before my kids wake up but I’m not always successful. Sometimes, they wake up with me if they hear my alarm or creaking sound on the hardwood floor while walking throughout the house. My morning schedule is roughly about an hour or less if I can be as quiet as a mouse when I wake up.
My Actual Morning Routine with Kids
6:15 am | Wake Up and Give Thanks!
The moment I wake up, I pray and give thanks to God for waking me and my family each morning! In this short 45mins to one hour, I open the blinds, text my husband sweet love notes, enjoy Bible study devotion, make my bed, express my gratitude in my journal, and check my email. I also take care of myself by doing things like getting dressed, brush my teeth and wash my face.
7:00 or 7:15 am | Wake-up Kids
If my husband is still home and I don’t have to wake up all the kids, I just wake up the oldest. He’s the only one going to Engineering camp. If he’s not home, then I wake all the boys except the infant. I make sure they get dressed, freshen up themselves and eat breakfast.
7:40 am | Take Son to Camp
Together, we pray when we get in the car before we leave. I am trying to get them in the habit of expressing gratitude so we each say three things we’re grateful for. We then enjoy the drive to camp while listening to music or I might put on a podcast(which the boys hate).
8:20 am | Cook Breakfast
After we’ve made it home, my other three boys are hungry so I feed my little one his bottle first. My 8yr old will either make cereal for him and my two-year-old or they will wake for me to cook a hot meal. I try to sit and eat with them at the table so that we will have a little bonding time together before the day gets started. I also make time to check my bullet journal to see what needs to be done for the day at this time.
9:00 am | Load Laundry
With four boys and a husband and myself always wearing clothes, we always have a ton of laundry in rotation. There isn’t a day when we don’t have a pile of laundry! Lol. I am still working on getting better with consistently washing clothes daily, although, some days I just don’t feel like being bothered with doing laundry.
9:10 am | Personal Development
This is probably one of my favorite times of the day because I get to learn something new! During this time, I am either watching a Youtube video, listening to a podcast, an Audible book, reading a book, reading other’s blog post or watching a webinar on how to improve my business and skills. I also like to learn how to better manage money, how to live a Kingdom(or heavenly) lifestyle or how to be a good wife to my husband and a better mother to my kids.
10:00 am | Read with Kids
My eight-year-old son was struggling with reading during the school year. He did pass to the next grade but I don’t want him to struggle in the next grade. We make time daily to read. Well, I let him read but help him when needed. If you have any suggestions on what I can do to help him further in his reading skills, let me know in the comments. I would greatly appreciate that!
10:30 am | Preparing lunch for later
Boys eat a lot! Therefore, I have to always be ready with snacks and ready-made lunch when they get hungry. Otherwise, they will be cranky and asking me a million and one times when will the food be ready. I try to stay ahead of the game on this one. No cranky kids equal no cranky mom!
11:00 am | Clean and Organize
I try to be quick with cleaning because I don’t want to do this all day! Around this time I straighten up my office desk, check the boy’s room to see what needs to be done so that my son will get to it, and I pick one room in the house to clean. My son usually helps me with watching the two little ones if he’s not cleaning.
11:30 am | Lunch and Kids Nap
Ahhh… another one of my favorite times of the day. Kids nap time! While they are sleeping, the big boy is probably on his video game or watching video games on Youtube. Yeah, I don’t know why either! Lol. I can free-write on a new blog post or continue finishing a post in draft. If I’m not writing a new blog post, I work on other important tasks or complete anything I didn’t finish from the day before. Sometimes, I just nap with them if my body feels like it needs rest!
Midday | Break Time
This time can carry over from nap time. I might watch a movie or documentary, listen to music, read a book, do more personal development, or chat on the phone with my husband while he’s driving his big rig on the road. This is free time and it changes from day-to-day.
(Sidenote: most of my blog and Pinterest work are done at night which is why you don’t see it in the morning schedule)
Things I would like to add or change in my Morning Routine
- Exercise three days a week
- Wake up a little earlier(maybe 5:30 am)
- Work on blog and Pinterest in the morning(or afternoon)
- Visualize my goals and vision
- Be more consistent with my plans everyday
Want more Productive and Happy days?
Your morning routine does not have to be perfect but you should have some type of structure for each day. You will get more things done, feel accomplished and go through the day a much happier person. If Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey start their days with a good morning routine, don’t you think you could benefit from one too?
Grab a notebook and pen and map out how you want your mornings to go then stick to it! I made a checklist to help you get started with your morning routine! Download it today and let me know how it works for you.