Does anyone else benefit from peeking into the lives of those around them? I mean kindly peeking, of course. Not stalkerish peeking. Or critical peeking. I try really hard not to have a critical spirit, but it's one of my worst struggles, so I don't allow myself to be a critical peeker.
I both enjoy AND greatly benefit from seeing how other people manage their homes. Seeing how other people budget their time inspires me to do better with mine (and trust me, there's a lot of room for improvement!). I thought I would share what my morning routine looks like before the kids get up. I've followed this for months at a time, so I feel pretty confident that it works for me right now. Please keep in mind that I am certifiably lazy at heart, so I definitely have to pray for discipline to make this happen!
Before I took Crystal Paine's Makeover Your Mornings Course, I was sure that I just didn't have time for devotions in the morning. I was cramming my work schedule into breaks between homeschool subjects, and just generally not getting much done. I was groggy when the kids would wake up, and frustrated that nothing was getting done. I needed a sample of a morning routine for homeschool moms, but I couldn't find one that worked for me, until I learned in the Makeover Your Mornings Course how to make my own successful routine! If you're not able to sign up for it right now, there are lots of posts on the MoneySavingMom website that can help you make your mornings easier. I would definitely recommend checking them out! I wrote about this course when I wrote about “Finding Balance and Rest in Every Day”, and you may find some good tips there, too!
Here's what you should know about my morning routine, and why it will look different from yours:
- I work two jobs from home; 2. I have five kids (one of whom is a nursing baby); 3. My husband travels for work so he isn't bothered by alarm in the morning because he either a) isn't here, or b) is so exhausted he'll sleep through it (poor guy). 4. I write all of this down in my Purposeful Planner so I don't miss anything (plus, I love crossing things off of my to-do list, especially routine items). You are likely juggling a totally different set of circumstances, so rock your routine in your own way – this is just an example of how my mornings go!
My Morning Routine:
5:00am – Wake up and read for fun in bed (novels, books I enjoy, etc).
5:30am – Get out of bed, try to transfer baby back to crib without waking her up.
If I am successful – I head downstairs and put on pretty music, get a cup of tea brewing, and do one (quiet) chore. Then I have some quiet time with God, eat a light breakfast, and take my vitamins.
If I am unsuccessful, I weep bitterly and bang my head against the wall. Just kidding. I just enjoy an extra fifteen minutes of snuggle time and delay everything, no big deal. 🙂
6:00am – Work on my job tasks that I wrote down the night before in my planner as part of my evening routine.
7:45am – Make sure school is set up for the day (I do this as part of my evening routine, but this is where I check to make sure I didn't miss anything and that everything is out and ready for Morning Time) and exercise for thirty minutes.
8:20am – Wake the school-aged kids to start their morning routines and take a shower and get ready.
8:40am – Help to make breakfast (or supervise the kids) and start our read-alouds while they eat, then continue reading while they do their after-meal chores.
9:00am – Make sure littlest ones are up and changed and start our school day.
That's it! Then we're up and running, and there's no slowing down til mandatory quiet time after lunch. I wrote times down on my routine, but they are approximate. It's not a schedule, necessarily, but I do follow this order of getting things done, even if I'm delayed by sweet baby snuggles or not-so-sweet (but still very loved) teething babies. How do you plan your mornings?