Before I had my baby girl, I thought I had a pretty good routine down. My mornings were pretty smooth, and my days were relatively well structured. Then I had a baby enter my world, and everything turned upside down. I felt like my days were spinning completely out of control. Now some of that is expected with new babies in the house, but even after a few months had gone by, I still felt a real sense of chaos with the flow of my day.
Then I realized my life had completely rearranged itself, but my routine hadn’t changed with it. I was still trying to get by with a pre-baby routine in a post-baby life.
I quickly noticed that a large amount of the chaos was a snowball effect of how my days were beginning, so I decided to simply focus on making over my morning routine and see if that made any kind of a difference.
And I’m sure no one is surprised when I tell you that it totally did!
Re-vamping my morning habits completely changed the flow of my entire day. I’m not saying I have everything figured out as a mom, believe me that is a never ending learning curve (am I right, mamas?!), but I did feel like a semblance of order came back to my day. Restoring some peace and saving some sanity in the process.
The best part was, that on the whole, the small adjustments that I made were all pretty simple changes. Nothing fancy here. Just common sense things that we often neglect in the busyness of our lives. But despite their simplicity, I can tell you from experience, they can have a profoundly positive impact on your day!
- Some sort of quiet time: whether that is a devotional, meditation, or just journaling with coffee. Taking just 5-10 minutes alone in, hopefully, some quiet before your day kicks off can help you focus, have some mental clarity, and make a serious impact on the tone of your morning.
- Coffee: I’m an at least two cups a morning girl. No getting around it. It is my spirit animal. Enough said.
- Be consistent with a sleep schedule: staying up at all hours or fluctuating when I wake in the morning can seriously throw off my rhythm. By having a consistent sleep schedule my body knows what to expect. Obviously with things like babies in the house, consistent sleep can’t always happen. But if it can be helped, sticking to a sleep schedule that works for you can really help you feel more rested and help you have a more positive morning.
- Do one routine house chore: whether its start a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher I find that making sure I do at least this one little chore, even if I don’t get to anything else for the remainder of the day, I feel like I can pat myself on the back a bit. For me, its unloading the dishwasher. Something about being able to load the dishes throughout the day just saves my sanity. It’s the little things.
- Make the bed: I separated this from the routine chores because I feel like making the bed is a must for me in my morning flow. I read somewhere where a statistic claimed that your bed makes up 80% of your room. I could be making this up, but it sounds true enough. Because really, the rest of my room could be in shambles, but if my bed is made it just brings a smile to my face. And nothing is more enjoyable to me than pulling back the covers of a made bed after a long day. Weird, I know, but I just go with it.
- Make time for breakfast: we’ve all heard that it’s the most important meal of the day, and it really is. Honestly, I am an absolute bear without breakfast. Like don’t talk to me till I’ve eaten something kind of bear. It’s not pretty. But eating breakfast keeps your metabolism in a happy place, gets your energy going, and just brings overall wellness into your day. It’s a win-win!
- Write out a plan for the day, and then prioritize it: I’ve always made to do lists, but something I learned once I became an ICU nurse I learned the art of prioritizing. As a nurse, there is a list of responsibilities that is never ending, but you have to chip away at it regardless. So you learn to ask yourself “what is most critical for my patients”. Will my patient’s care be dramatically compromised by not doing this? If the answer was no, then it went down on the list. Apply that mentality to your daily life, and it still computes. Will this task not getting done dramatically impact the outcome of my day? If the answer is yes, bump it up. If its not, then bump it down, if not off all together.
- Plan ahead a bit the night before: I find that even doing a few little things the night before can have a major impact on my mornings, and by default, the rest of my day. I don’t go crazy, but I do like to make my coffee, pack a lunch if I’m working out of the house, run the dishwasher, etc. This way if my morning is a bit chaotic for whatever reason, these are already in place to help balance it out.
See, nothing crazy, just simple, straight forward habits to increase my chances of maintaining positivity throughout my day. I definitely don’t know all the answer, but my hope is that if you find yourself in a similar situation as me, and are experiencing a since of chaos from the structure of your day, that you try implementing some of these habits into your morning routine, and see if they help.
Never hurts to try, right?!
What do you do to help your morning and day run smoother? Share the love and tell me all about it in the comments below!