Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Joy of a Morning Routine


I really love mornings.  My morning routine has helped me to love mornings even more because it gives me a good jump start to my day.  This is another one I have to give credit to Flylady.  I have had a morning routine for over 15 years and it has been adjusted and tweaked to the different seasons of life the Lord has me in but it has been a constant part of my day for a long time - which means it has become a habit.  I have a list in my homemaking binder (post to come later on this one) that doesn't need referred to very often because it has been ingrained in me.

Starting our day strong is important because if the rest of the day doesn't go as planned, you have accomplished much in these first few moments of the day.  Most of the items on my list take no longer than 5-10 minutes with the exception of time with the Lord and getting dressed.  

Whether you are single, married, young or old a morning routine to fit your lifestyle and day can be a help to get your day started off well and productively.

I can't tell you how your morning routine should look but will lay mine out as an example and put some links at the end for you to check out and get ideas from. Below the items are listed and after the list I will expand on each one a little more.

Rise and Shine:
-Shower and tidy bathroom while in there
-Make bed
-Quiet Time
-Drink 8 ounces of water
-Exercise
-Laundry started
-Empty Dishwasher
-Breakfast (did you menu plan?)
-Vitamins
-Check Calendar
-Pets
-What's for Dinner?
-Check Hot Spots (my desk, kitchen counters)
-Email checked

Shower and tidy bathroom - This one is truly important - showering first thing in the morning is a help and dressing from head to toe makes it easier to run a quick errand if needed or answer the door early in the morning without being embarrassed.  Being a stay at home mom I know how easy it is to stay in pj's a little longer but waking up and getting ready for the day first thing helps with your attitude of your work in the home.  It is work to be a stay at home mom and being prepared and dressed for the job puts you in the work mindset to get your job done.  I don't get this right everyday.  There are sick days and lazy Saturday mornings but the majority of my days are ready to hit the floor running days.

Tidying the bathroom daily is a quick step that leaves the bathroom in nice condition for whoever has to use it after you.  This involves a quick counter wipe down, tidy and swish the toilet, hang towels and clean the mirror.

Make the bed - Pretty self explanatory.  An unmade bed makes any room look messy.

Quiet Time - Time in God's Word in the morning.  A time to meet and with Lord and seek His guidance for your day.  This is truly the most important time in the Joy of a Morning Routine.  Some of my favorite resources to use during my quiet time in addition to my Bible, are worship music, Valley of Vision book of prayers, my personal prayer journal and I have enjoyed many resources from Revive our Hearts. One sheet I keep tucked in my Bible is a sheet that contrasts the difference between proud people and broken people.  It is humbling and a good reminder of the issue of pride in my life that needs to be broken down constantly.

Drink 8 ounces of water - 16 ounces would be better.  Water is very cleansing in the morning and will help to flush out the toxins since your body has "essentially" been fasting overnight.  A hydrating way to start your morning.

Exercise - this is an area I am continually struggling with to get a regular exercise routine in.  Normally I stretch everyday (age helps you to add this one in out of necessity) but even if you could spend 5 minutes exercising it is better than nothing.  Walk in place, climb your stairs, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, stretch while doing chores and cleaning house does count :)

Laundry started - I don't have a load everyday but almost everyday to get going.  There are always towels and sheets to deal with too.  If you keep on top of it you will never have a mountain of laundry pile to deal with.

Empty Dishwasher - If we ran it early in the evening then I will empty it before bed but that doesn't happen too often.

Breakfast - This is on the menu plan so there are no surprises as to what we are eating for breakfast. We are blessed to eat most of our meals together.  I love this time of the morning together.  We read from God's Word together and my husband will pray over the day.

Vitamins - Really has helped with my energy level.

Check Calendar - This one I do before bed too and again in the morning so I don't wake up to any surprises.  I've woke up to forgotten appointments before and would prefer not to.

Pets - Feed, water, brush, and litter box.  We have a small Yorkshire Terrier and a cat :)

Dinner - Check the menu plan to see what prep work needs to be done for dinner that evening.  I check the menu plan for lunch too at that time.

Check Hot Spots - This is a Flylady term that is defined as anywhere you develop a pile of clutter.  For our house it seems to be the desk in the kitchen or the kitchen counters.  I have learned to attack it quickly before it gets out of control.

Email Checked - Email is the most distracting item and some mornings I have to set a timer to get on and off the computer.  I have been weeding out the junk in my inbox by clicking the unsubscribe link to unnecessary emails and advertising.  Using my folders in Outlook has helped to organize my email and inbox so it is not cluttered and I can find items when needed.  This is the time of the day when I will catch up with our daughter in Norway, work on my Lilla Rose business,blog or Facebook.

As I am writing this post,  I am on the email part of the day.  The rest of the day is laid out with a list that was written the night before and checked again this morning.  With the morning routine behind me, I feel ready to tackle the day - I like to leave scripture printed out around the house to be a reminder to "pray without ceasing" and to "rejoice always".

What does your morning routine look like?  Please share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.

Here are some links to morning routine ideas:

Flylady Morning Routine

Inspired to Action - Helpful blog for moms and routines

Keeper of the Home

What Does a Stay at Home Mom do all Day? - favorite blog post :)

Related Posts in the Homekeeping Binder series:
The Peacefulness of an Evening Routine
Weekly Routines
Daily Schedule
Weekly Home Blessing


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7 comments:

  1. I am a relatively new wife (married nearly 3 yrs) and lately I've really been convicted to take up my role as a wife and homemaker. Reading this post on having a morning routine only adds more motivation to my new journey. I do have a blog and I made a post on creating a home organization binder (http://writeread-kensie.blogspot.com/2012/04/home-organizer-binder.html). This idea of having mini schedules for pieces of my day might get its own section.: )

    Blessing on you and your family,
    Kensie

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  2. I too have a morning routine and love the encouragement from Flylady. Her insight helped me tremendously as in adjusted to our family downsizing from 9 to 5 in a little over a year. It is just so wonderful to know there are some other women out there in the same season of life and be able to encourage those still in those busy years.

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  3. The link to Proud People doesn't link up any longer :-(

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  4. @Judith - thank you for the link update - I fixed it but it isn't the same as the original so I may have to do a little more looking or type up my own PDF :)

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  5. Thank you...I just found it and printed it. You are such an inspiration!!

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  6. I just want to say, I love your posts and I love flylady. My friend and I started Flylady in 2001. I plan on doing some posts related to her on my blog sometime soon.

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  7. Hi!! I love your blog. Couldn't help but comment on this because I also have a list in my Bible of pride vs humility. It is a great reminder as we seek to be more Christlike. http://www.evergreenbloomington.com/uploads/Manifestations_of_Pride_by_Stuart_Scott.pdf

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