How to make your mornings run more smoothly, even if you're not a morning person.
My eldest daughter is a morning person.. always has been, just like me, and so is my son. But when my younger daughter was born, I was surprised to discover that she was a night owl. She would happily stay up long after the others were fast asleep. I'd go in to check on them and discover Laura underneath the bedcovers, torch in hand, reading a book. She wasn't at all sleepy.
But getting her up the next morning was a very different thing. I once decided I'd let her sleep in and see what time she actually surfaced. Hah! She was still asleep at lunchtime!
Now, with three children of her own to care for, and energetic boys at that who are alll early risers, she's had to reluctantly change her lifestyle.
So... just what do you do when you're not a morning person? How can you manage the daily rush to prepare for the day and exit the house by a reasonable time?
Just a reminder that over the next few days, weeks and months, I'll be sharing some ideas and some challenges -- that will help me and you, too, I hope- to find your best year ever. So look out for my '365 days' ideas and inspiration... like this one.
If you’re not a morning person, beginning each day may be a struggle. You can do much to change the way your morning goes by making some changes to your night. The following ideas will help make your morning run more smoothly so you can get about your day.
1. Prepare as much as you can the night before.
Choose the clothes you’re going to wear the next day. This goes for your children, as well. Help them find their clothes, put their shoes where they can easily get them and get them to bed early.
As the children are bathing and getting ready for bed, you can take that time to prepare lunch boxes if your children take them to school. If you take the time to fix as much as possible of their lunch the night before, it won’t take as long the next morning. You can hand them their lunches, already made, right before they have to leave for school.
If you haven’t already done so, go through your child’s backpack. They may have papers you need to sign or sheets of information you need to know about. This is the perfect time to take care of these things so you won’t miss an important date.
An extra idea...
Make sure both you and the kids are ready for the morning.. before it even starts.
How about listing the morning activities that the kids need to complete so that you don't have to nag them.
Print off this colourful freebie from iMom for each child and laminate it. Then, they can tick it off themselves each morning.
2. Get enough rest.
Be sure to go to bed early enough that you can get at least eight hours of sleep. Does this mean you have to go to bed at the same time as the children? Absolutely not, but you do want to get the rest you need, too.
3. Set your alarm clock but place it across the room.
If your alarm is right next to the bed it will be too easy for you to hit the snooze button. Place your clock on the dresser or a table away from the bed. This will cause you to have to physically get up to turn your alarm off.
4. Try to get up early enough that you won’t be rushed.
Give yourself enough time to take care of yourself before you wake the children. If you have enough time, try to read, meditate on God's Word and pray for a few minutes. This will help you start the day with a sense of peace and calm before all the hubbub starts.
5. Play music while you go about your morning routine.
Put on your favorite music to get you moving. If you have peppy music playing, you’ll be surprised how much you can get done and how good you’ll feel doing it.
Not everyone is a morning person by nature. That doesn’t mean you can’t make some changes to your schedule which will help you make your day run smoother. You can do as much as you can the night before, place your alarm across the room or play music to get you going. Above all, get a good night’s sleep so you’re rested and able to function.
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