Do you struggle with your mornings? What is it about getting up and moving that is so difficult? It’s like the bed sucks you in and won’t let you go. Then, once you do manage to escape their
warm embrace grasp, it’s like moving through mud all morning. Before you know it, half the day is gone and you are scrambling to get anything done.
These are definitely what my mornings always looked like. I always had good intentions of getting up at 6am, reading my Bible, and doing some work before my daughter got up at 7am. Half the time that didn’t work because it’s almost like she could smell me or something. No matter how quiet I was, if I tried to get up before her, she would wake up with me. So I did what any mom would do. I gave up. I went back to using my child as my alarm clock.
Then I started trying it again. This time, it worked! At least, getting up before the kid worked. I still wasn’t using my time intentionally. I would get up between 6:00am and 6:30am then I would waste 30-60 minutes. Before I knew it, my daughter was awake and I had only gotten done one of the three things I wanted to do. Which, in turn, made me behind the rest of the day. It seemed like, no matter what time I was getting up, my whole day was still stressful and I still wasn’t getting the things done that I wanted to and sometimes needed to. This went on for about a month.
In that time, Crystal over at Money Saving Mom, launched her new e-course, Make Over Your Mornings. You’d think I would have jumped at the chance to take the course. But I didn’t. I hemmed and hawed over it. I mean, money is tight. Didn’t I already know what I needed to do? What good was a $17 e-course going to do me? I decided in the end to give it a go. I had a little extra money so really wasn’t out anything if it was a pointless course.
I’m so glad I spent the money!
Crystal took morning and broke it down into 14 really manageable steps. There was one day on prepping the night before to make sure your morning goes well. There was another day on writing out your goals to know why you want to be intentional with your morning time. Each day had a video, a section to read in the workbook, and a few tasks to do to help you with what you learned that day. Some days I only skimmed because I already do it. Other days almost took me two days to really go in-depth into what I needed to learn (what can I say? I can be a bit thick-headed).
I still struggle some days with actually getting out of bed. (Don’t we all?) However, I am now getting things done with my mornings. I feel like I now have more time in my day. I was feeling so guilty about having to spend so much of my day doing work or chores instead of spending time with my daughter. Now, I actually feel like I have extra hours in my day. By using my mornings more intentionally, I am getting more out of my day. The days where I am scrambling to get things finished are now few instead of being the norm.By using my mornings more intentionally, I am getting more out of my day. Click To Tweet
I now many of you aren’t bloggers or don’t work from home so you may be thinking, “It really doesn’t matter how I spent my mornings. My day is seriously flexible.” That may be true. But business stuff and working aside, do you have a hobby that you want to spend more time with? Do you want to accomplish your house chores before that hour before you husband gets home? Using your time, mornings especially, intentionally will free up your time to do the things you want to do. You’ll feel more put together and less frazzled. You don’t have to get up super early to do this either. Just using your morning time more effectively will go a long way to setting the rest of the day up for success.
The simplest things I can tell you use your mornings more intentionally are to:
-set your morning stuff up the night before (making a list, etc.)
-do the non-negotiable things first (throwing in a load of wash, etc.)
-create a morning routine
Just starting with those three things will help you use your morning time more intentionally and set you up for a less stressful day. However, there are so many more things you can do to help you make your mornings more intentional and work better for you. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend that you take Crystal’s class, Make Over Your Mornings. It is a small expensive in the grand scheme of things to help you be more focused and better able to serve your family. And even clearing up the time for fun things!link parties I do each week.