Morning Routines For the Morning-Challenged

An easy how-to for having a sucessful, productive day by a morning-challenged gal! Mmmm … morning routines. The earliest hours of day are filled with surprises — from the bursts of sunlight to the first notes sung by birds — this time is by far my most favorite of the day.

I haven’t always been an early-bird. I’ve had my fair share of sleeping in till noon. But marrying an (extreme, haha!) early-riser has helped me love waking earlier than most and starting the day before the sun.

The funny thing is that having a good morning doesn’t happen on accident. I’ve found that having established, purposeful routines are necessary for starting out the day successfully. And starting a day well usually leads to finishing well. Here are four tips I’ve found helpful in creating relaxing, productive and awesomely successful mornings.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Start the night before[/pullquote]

Having a successful, pleasant morning doesn’t happen without a little planning. (And this is coming from a girl who knows!) I’ve been known to jump into bed leaving the sink full of greasy dishes and the living room in disarray. Waking up was a chore because I had neglected my chores. No one wants to see ugly, disorganization first thing in the morning (and no one wants to fish out the stinky, soggy washrag stewing in yesterday’s dishwater — yuck!).

Prepare for your successful morning by spending 15 minutes tidying your home the night before. Load the dishes into the dishwater and push start, fluff the living room pillows, put away dvds and clear the miscellaneous coffee cups which multiply like rabbits. You’re sleep will be sweeter with the knowledge that you ended the day productively and your morning will be a lot more fun to wake up to.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Establish a routine[/pullquote]

Routines help humans excel at life. We work, play, relax and learn best when we know what to expect so why would we allow our mornings to be vague, chaotic surprises when it’s easy and awesome-feeling to have set habits and routines?

The beautiful thing is that everyone’s morning routine should look different. We’re all unique with different family sizes and situations so setting ourselves free from the pressure to copy others habits, expectations and routines is necessary for our personal productivity and success.

For me, I start my day by making a cup of coffee, kissing my husband (whose already been up for 2+ hours) and snuggling in the recliner for 15 minutes. Then, after I’ve had a sip or two of black goodness, I move to the kitchen and put away the dried dishes and start breakfast. I follow this routine every day including weekends.

Crazy confession: we eat the same thing every morning except for Sunday. Normally there are two options, oatmeal and eggs or oatmeal and a protein shake. And before you pity me and send me coupons let me say that there is an abundance of flexibility in keeping to routine in your meals. πŸ˜€ Oatmeal can be made traditionally with a variety of toppings (brown sugar, honey, berries, milk, cinnamon, chocolate chips, etc.) or in a parfait fashion with fruit and yogurt. And of course eggs can be cooked in countless ways (scrambled, fried, omelet, or muffin style). Having a few, select choices for breakfast make mornings easier on everyone (kids included).

Establishing a morning routine that works for you is an awesome way to make your mornings more fun and successful.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Take time to drink your coffee … and listen to something uplifting [/pullquote]

It’s so simple. I used to believe that being a good keeper of my home meant waking before dawn and jumping right into daily chores. False. Every thing in creation requires a few moments to warm up. Birds fluff feathers, cats stretch and dogs yawn. Even machines require warm-up time. Why should we be any different?

Friend, etch out time in your morning to simply be. Pour yourself something yummy and find a place to watch the sunrise. Rest. Relax. Pray. Listen to worship music. There’s nothing lazy about taking a few minutes to yourself. Mommies, you can even teach your little ones to play quietly in their crib for 15 minutes after they wake.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Do the next thing[/pullquote]

You’ve woken up to home sweet and tidied from the night before, began the day with your established routines and taken a few minutes to drink your coffee and enjoy quiet. What now?

Simple, do the next thing. Quite easy, really. πŸ™‚ I’m sure many of you practical folk are laughing at me but I cannot tell you how easy it is for me to get distracted and put off what’s needed. (Too easy.) πŸ˜‰

Do what works for you. Write a to-do list. Set a timer on your phone. For me, I write a list and work my way though. Normally, I start with Bible reading then move on to the daily cleaning which involves dishes, sweeping and vacuuming, wiping down the bathroom and dinner prep. By the time I’ve finished I’m free to move onto “fun projects.” Crafting, blogging, reading, Netflix, baking and miscellaneous house projects. πŸ™‚ Is there anything better than having the freedom to do what you love? And all because you had a successful morning!

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For additional, therapeutic support enjoy this free, 8×10 printable I made. (I know, right? Frannie made a printable? Get ready world … she’s advancing and who’s to stop her!) πŸ˜‰ Follow this link to download this darling print — print it out and stick it to the fridge for morning inspiration. You can make your mornings and days productive, friend. Believe it and put that belief into practice and you’re half way to making mornings fun and blessed.

What does your morning routine look like? Are you an early-bird or are you morning-challenged? Do you have any funny stories about groggy mornings?

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

7 thoughts on “
Morning Routines For the Morning-Challenged

  1. Very good post Frannie! And I totally agree, creating a routine makes the day so much more pleasant. πŸ™‚

    I am NOT a morning person. But I do love my morning routine. And actually look forward to it each evening. I usually get up an hour after Justin leaves for work (he prefers getting ready for work all alone, and since he does NOT like to eat upon waking, I make up muffins for him which he eats about 10 each morning), and the first thing I do is open the blinds, let in sunshine, and look out to the coop to check on the girls. Then it’s breakfast (same thing every morning here too, eggs and oatmeal, or eggs and a muffin), coffee and computer or reading time. Then it’s off to the weight room, and then housework, etc. πŸ™‚

    Love that printable! Very cute. πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderfully blessed, gorgeous spring day my friend!
    Angel

    1. Ah! I love your comment Angel. It’s fun to imagine you about your morning routine. πŸ™‚ I also think it is so cute that you make muffins so Justin can eat his 10 or so every morning! Hehehe! he must love your muffins!

      I know for me having a scheduled, prepared morning makes the day so much more successful and enjoyable. Today is the first morning in a while that I’m on schedule since we were away for Easter weekend visiting family. It is SO NICE being back on track.

      Ah! It feels like heaven! πŸ˜‰

      1. Hahaha… Clarification. Justin eats his muffin about 10 o’clock, after he has been working for a bit. And I am lucky if he finishes his one. (he is a very light eater) The thought of him eating 10 made me double over in laughter. πŸ˜€ Oh the joys of communication in typing. πŸ˜€

        Enjoy being back into your routine! πŸ™‚

        1. Hahahaha! That *IS* funny. There’s a huge difference between eating 10 muffins early or eating one muffin at 10. πŸ˜€ Too funny.

          Enjoy your day! I hope it is full of sunshine and joy!

  2. love this – and yay for the same breakfast: I need protein in the mornings so 5 days a week we do eggs with oatmeal once in awhile and baked oatmeal for Sundays. With school and work it just makes it so much easier! I was made into a morning person by my Dad (I love being a night owl but honestly unless I have gotten 5 or less hours of sleep it’s not too hard to wake up….) my husband on the other hand. πŸ™‚ And coffee is our perfect start to the morning.

    oh and the previous post was great…I love the Meyers-Briggs test!

    1. Hey, Charis!

      Oh! I’m laughing over your comment and the difference between you and your hubby. πŸ˜€ I’m sure with your busy schedule having a morning routine is key to success.

      By the way, I miss your weekly updates! I do hope you are settling in to your new area.

      Mmmm … baked oatmeal would be a very good thing I should introduce to our mornings. πŸ™‚

      What is your Personality Type? πŸ™‚

  3. I love this post!!! If anyone is a morning-challenged person it’s me. I’ve always been a night owl, and then with working occasional night shifts I sometimes greet the morning without having slept at all! My instinct has always been to stay up late and sleep in. But I have to admit, those rare times when I’ve gotten up early and greeted the sunrise are always a very special and spiritual experience. There’s just something magical about the quiet of early morning. I think I have an inner morning person who is dying to come out and your wonderful words have definitely motivated me!! 😊
    Also, my favorite morning breakfast is eggs scrambled with green pepper, bacon, and coffee! My hubby loves that too but he also likes to add a yogurt. 😊

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