Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in the morning, what you don’t want to or need to do, and where to find the extra time needed, it’s time to put it all together in a new morning game plan.
The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you.
Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get them accomplished. If your goal is to go for a run in the morning, you may decide to do that first thing before getting a shower and having breakfast.
If your goal is to read your Bible each morning and pray, you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of coffee.
If your goal is to find some time for reading or your favorite hobby in the morning, you could carve out some time before everyone else gets up and while you enjoy that first coffee. The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn something new.
Then work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans. It may take some shuffling around and mixing up of your current routine, but with a little creative thinking and a bit of flexibility, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.
Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes natural to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the grove of things. We’ll look at this in a little more detail tomorrow.
For right now, my suggestion is that you write your new morning game plan down. It’s easy to forget what you’re planning to do. Writing it down will not only give you a reference to refer back to, but also solidify your new plan in your mind.
Put the note, or notebook where you jotted down your new plan on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. It will serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do and do differently in the morning now.
Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize it’s not written in stone.
The best well-laid out plans don’t always work when put into action. Adjust it and make changes as needed until you come up with a new morning game plan that works well for you and the rest of your family.
Once you have that, it’s time to make it the new routine… something we’ll talk more about tomorrow.
See you then!
You may find these apps and resources helpful.
* Setting up a morning routine with your kids. Check out these tips for organising kids and preparing a morning routine with kids that works.
* Use music. I can get up and going so much faster and with a better attitude if I put on music. Here are some suggestions from Spotify: Your Favourite CoffeeHouse - Praise you in the Morning - Christian music you've never heard
* Want to get the kids out of bed? Try these bright songs to get them up and going. Christian kids' music 2017
* Looking to include some exercise in the morning routine? Check out Sworkit - customised exercises for anyone. Free or paid version. How about following along on Blogilates on YouTube?
* How about finishing the day with some quiet reflection as you journal? If you're new to journaling, try the Grid Diary app. And, while the Five Minute Journal is a popular journaling booklet to use, the app version is much cheaper. Check it out!
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Ecclesiastes 3:11 'Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.'
DAILY REMINDER & AFFIRMATION
I will remember that the surest way to simplify my life is to focus on what really matters.
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Thank you for joining me in the 7-Day Morning Makeover Challenge. I can’t wait to get started.