I am NOT a morning person.
I really don’t enjoy getting up early. I like to take my time waking up, slowly. Naturally, I’m more of a night owl.
But I want to be a morning person. Why? Because I’m more productive and a better person when I wake up early. I love staying up late but being super honest, I don’t actually get much done. Once the girls go to bed, I’m ready to just chill for a bit so I’m not really that productive.
I discovered this by accident. One day the girls slept in. Normally they wake up around 7 am but one morning they slept until just after 8. Well, being used to getting up at 7, I was wide awake. So I got up and started my day. In that hour before they woke up, I got so much done. I was able to wake myself up, have some time alone (introvert here!) and figure out my day and prep a little. All before they woke up. And then once they were awake, I was able to get more done since I had a plan and I was a better mom since I wasn’t spending the first hour trying to get rid of the morning fog.
After that experience, I knew that I needed to start waking up before the kids and start my day earlier. Not super early, but by 6 am. It’s also going to help me meet my goals for 2019. I need some uninterrupted time to accomplish things and getting up a little earlier will help me achieve what I want to achieve this year.
But not being a morning person, getting up early is hard for me. I had to come up with a plan, a routine so that I could actually do this.
Here’s my basic morning routine:
The first thing I do in the morning is drink a tall glass of water. It’s the best way for me to start my day and it ensures that I get some water in my system right away. I don’t eat breakfast or make tea or anything because Zoé’s room is right off the kitchen and she has supersonic hearing. If she hears food being prepared she wakes up and my morning routine is over.
Every morning I wake up, grab my morning journal and start journalling. I have a simple layout, the same headings every morning. I always start with 3 things I’m thankful for, 3 different things every morning. Then I move on to my Top 3 Things – the 3 things that I have to accomplished by the end of the day.
My meals for the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)
Bonus: Anything else that I would like to accomplish but if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world.
My favourite part of yesterday: A little memory from the day before
By 7 am, I try to do my first social media posts of the day. It’s the time of day when I get the most engagement. So I try to do that right away.
I’ve decided that this is the year to get healthy. for 20-30 minutes every morning, I get to do a little exercise whether it’s yoga or some simple bodyweight resistance exercises. Because if I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I won’t do it at all.
I’ve got a goal of reading 1 book a month this year. 12 books in 12 months. Now that doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you only get a few minutes to read every day, it’s about all I can handle. This is usually the last thing I do, so if the kids get up early, it’s easy to cut without it really affecting my day.
That’s it. That’s my morning routine and it’s working for me so far. Once the girls wake up between 7 and 7:30 am, we start the day. You know, breakfast, getting dressed and ready for the day. It does mean that I have to go to bed earlier by 10:30 pm at the latest, but it’s been, pretty good. I’ve been getting more done during the day, more exercise and more self-care and self-improvement. I’m a happier, healthier me and that makes me a happier and more well-adjusted mom, wife and woman during the day. It’s win-win for everyone.