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Are you tired of chaotic and crazy mornings? Everyone is running around all crazy and bumping into each other trying to get out the door. Your baby spits up everywhere (including on you) and you’ll both need to change clothes before you leave. Your other child is wailing because she can’t have chocolate candy for breakfast. You get into your car and immediately breathe a sigh of relief.
Whew!! We made it, YES! You back out of the driveway and stop midway realizing you forgot the pacifier in the house. So, you start back up the driveway, put the car in park to go retrieve the pacifier and the whole car starts melting down and screaming. You can hear both your children screaming at the top of their lungs before you can even get into the car.
Whew! That was how almost every single morning went at my house. Maybe you can relate? I slowly used the tips below to help my morning run smoother and calmer. It’s not without the chaos, because kids, but it is a world of difference. Now, I still forget things, but it’s a lot less frequent and everything isn’t erupting into chaos when that happens because we’re most of the time running a couple of minutes early.
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Tips to Have a More Successful Morning:
Create an evening routine
This sounds complicated, but you can start super small. You can make a small 30-minute investment using the 30 Minutes to a More Successful Morning Checklist and complete it in around 30 minutes before you go to bed. This is a GAME CHANGER when it comes to less chaotic mornings.
Did you know for every minute you spend planning; you save 10 minutes in the execution? Yes, you read that right. So, you get a 10X return on your investment when you plan. So, why not do it? You can start small. You don’t have to go crazy and start tons of complicated systems. You can start small in just 30 minutes a day before you go to bed. Just complete the checklist before bed (it should take about 30 minutes) and it will save you a ton of time and headache the next morning.
Get plenty of sleep
You need to get plenty of sleep so you can function the next morning. Did you know you are supposed to get around 7-8 hours of sleep a night? The average parent only gets about 5-6 hours of sleep a night. If you are going to bed super late now, just back up your bedtime in 15-minute increments. You can go to bed 15 minutes earlier for a week. So, if you’re used to going to be at 11:00 and your new ideal bedtime is 9:00, start going to bed at 10:45 for a week. Then back it up 15 more minutes each week until you get to where you are getting the 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
Don’t do too much at one time
You can’t change it all at one time or it won’t stick. You have to make incremental changes to get your body slowly used to going to bed earlier.
Wake up on time & stop hitting the snooze button
Start waking up on time and it will help you so much in the morning. You won’t feel rushed and anxious. Do like the going to bed earlier example. If you’re getting up too late, just back it up by 10 minutes once a week. So if wake up at 6:30 and want to wake up at 6:00, just start waking up at 6:20. Do that for a week, then start getting up at 6:10. I do 10 minutes on the getting up because it is harder to get up earlier than it is to go to bed earlier.
Wake up before your kids
Waking up before your kids is a game-changer. If I can wake up before them and get dressed before they even wake up, my morning is so much more productive. If I keep hitting snooze, I end up getting up at the same time as them and everybody is getting ready at the same time. It ends up being a huge cluster and everyone is rushed and bumping into each other. Gradually, you can train yourself to get up before your children.
Don’t let anyone get sucked into the electronics rabbit hole before you leave for the day. When kids get on electronics like tv or tablet, it is so hard to get them off and they pitch a fit. If you tell them no, they usually pitch a fit, but not for as long. This is a hard cycle to break. If your children are all into the electronics every morning, just gradually back it off until they don’t have them at all. Just cut off 10 minutes each week until they are off completely.
Go for easy weekday breakfasts
Don’t try to act like Wolfgang Puck in the kitchen on a school morning. Don’t feel guilty about it either. Just pick a quick grab and go breakfast and that’s what your kids can eat. There are so many options (even healthy ones) for you at the grocery store. You can do fruit, yogurt tubes, applesauce pouches, breakfast bars, pop tarts, etc. You don’t have to go crazy and fix homemade meals every morning. You can save them for the weekend. You don’t have to do them during the week.
Make your bed
Making your bed makes you instantly feel more productive. There is a science to back this up. When your bed is not made, you feel more sluggish and less productive. Making your bed should take you less than 5 minutes, so it is a small-time investment that pays off big time.
Stop doing EVERYTHING & Just Focus
Stop doing all the things every single morning. I can’t tell you how many times I have been on-time and then ended up running late because I just had to unload the dishwasher, clean the kitchen, do a quick load of laundry, etc. This does not help you. You can leave the mess or whatever is calling your name and do them later. You don’t have to do them when you don’t have any time to spare.
Figure out what time you need to leave the house
This might sound crazy, but you need to figure out what time you need to leave the house. I used to think I needed to leave at 7:00, but that would make me late. I don’t need to try to leave at 7:00 if my goal is to get there on time.
To do this, you just figure out what time you want to be somewhere and work backward.
Here’s an example:
I have to be at work at 7:30.
I know it takes me about 10 minutes to drop my child off at daycare. It takes me 10 minutes to get to daycare. From daycare, I can get to work in 30 minutes. So, altogether this adds up to 50 minutes. You can decide to leave your house at 6:40 or bump it up to 6:30 to give yourself some wiggle room just in case there’s an accident on the road or something.
So, in order to be at work at 7:30, you want to leave your house at 6:30. So your new goal is to leave at 6:30.
When I was getting used to leaving the house on time every morning, I would set timers. I would set a time for 15 minutes before I had to leave and then the time, I needed to walk out the door. So, using the example above, I need to leave at 6:30 so I will set a hurry up you’re almost of time timer for 6:15 and a get out the door now timer for 6:30.
This is how I started to get out the door on time. You don’t realize how much time you waste in the morning. One thing I’ve noticed about me is that I am more sluggish during a weekday morning because I wake up earlier. Therefore, it takes me longer than normal to do things. So, it might take me 15 minutes to straighten my hair on the weekend, but during the week it might take 25 minutes.
Just look at the time and pay attention to it. If you noticed you are still getting out later than you want to, because it takes you longer to get ready, you need to get up a little earlier or take some things off your list in the morning and move them to another time in the day.
If something happens like the baby spitting up everywhere, don’t stress. You can’t think rationally when you’re stressed. Just relax and take one step at a time. You will get to daycare and work.
Drop the perfectionism
If you have to leave that mess because you ran out of time, who cares? I can bet money that it will still be there when you get home this afternoon. You can get to it then. If you do these tips to help you have a successful morning, but you realize you forget your child’s blanket when you pull into the daycare parking lot, don’t panic. When you expect perfection and you miss the mark, you beat yourself up. When you are busy beating yourself up, it’s hard to find a solution.
Be realistic with what you can do in the time you have
If you only have 1 hour to get up, get everyone ready, and leave the house every morning, you can’t fit 1.5 hours’ worth of stuff into that time frame. It doesn’t work. You’re setting yourself up for failure. You still do it because you are trying to overachieve and you think if you just worked faster, you could make this happen, but it won’t happen. Don’t try it. Believe me, I’m preaching to the choir with this tip.
Check your daily calendar
Check your calendar to see what appointments you have scheduled for the day. That way they aren’t a surprise. You can see them coming and don’t have to flip out when you see your phone notification pop up for the appointment. Just glance at it really quick before you leave the house.
Setting up your morning for success is so important. It can really tell the tone of the entire day. When your morning is messy, so is your day. You can have a more successful morning with just a few new steps and habits at a time. Go easy on yourself and don’t let perfection get in the way. You’ve got this, Mama!! I know you can do it.
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