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Inside: If you want to make over your day, then a strong morning routine is the best way to start. The key to a day that runs smoothly is to start out your morning routine well. Check out these ways to develop a great morning routine game plan.
WHAT IS YOUR MORNING ROUTINE GAME PLAN?
There’s something about the morning that I just love. The day is fresh and new with the promise of a good start. That is, if I’ve been careful to develop routines and habits.
It seems like if I have a good start to my morning, the rest of the day follow suit. On the other hand, when things don’t start out going well, the whole day seems to be a disaster. At times it’s even tempting to slip back into bed and pull the covers over my head.
Have you been there? You want your day to go smoothly and in your head you have a great idea of what it should look like, but it doesn’t always happen.
The Secret to Having a Great Day is a Strong Morning Routine
The secret to having an organized day is developing a strong morning routine. For some reason, everything else in my day can fall apart but if my morning starts out solidly, then I can handle things a bit better.
If you’re struggling with finding a good morning routine, then these things should help you come up with a game plan to rock your mornings.
What Things Are Most Important to You?
The most important factor is to decide what things are most important to you. Those are the things you need to focus on.
The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you:
If your goal is to spend time in God’s Word each morning, 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 your first cup of coffee.
Of course, 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. The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on personal things or learn something new.
It can totally be customized to you!
What Are Your Big Rocks?
In our house, when my husband and I are organizing our day, we always talk about what we referred to as the big rocks.
See the video below for the perfect illustration of what I’m talking about. (Please note: I do not endorse the website in the video, nor do I necessarily agree with all of the examples he gives, but I want you to see the illustration.)
In other words, the things that are most important to us have to get scheduled first or they don’t happen at all. Then the other things will fall into the margins.
Having said that, it will be important for you to decide which things are most important to you.
For me, I know that I want to start out my day by spending quiet time in God’s Word before the day gets away from me. (Let me just say that just because this time works best for me, does not mean it’s what’s best for you. I realize that not everyone’s day will be ordered the same. This is just what I have found best for me.)
Ask Yourself Some Questions
Grab a pen and paper and jot down the things that are most important to you. Ask yourself questions like:
- Which things have to get accomplished in order for me to feel satisfied?
- Are there things can I not let go??
- Which things do I hope to accomplish in my morning routine?
How Much Time do You Have to Spend on Your Morning Routine?
Time, is like money. You can only spend what you have or you’re going to run into trouble!
I have always been notorious for overbooking myself. I have high hopes of getting many things accomplished in a short amount of time. Truly, what happens when I overbook myself is that nothing gets accomplished and I feel frustrated.
Are you the same way? Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get your morning goals accomplished.
It’s important to evaluate your morning routine and think honestly about how much time you actually do have.
Think through these questions:
- Do I need a half an hour before the kids wake up in order to get ready?
- Can I amend my schedule by going to bed a little earlier and getting up a little earlier in the morning?
- Are all the things I want to include in my morning routine absolutely necessary?
Whatever the case, decide on how much time you have to work with and then fit your big rocks in accordingly.
Then work the rest of your morning chores and activities 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 good working plan.
Prepare the Night Before
Preparation is probably the biggest key to having a strong morning routine. There are so many things that can be done the night before to make the following morning run smoothly.
Of course, it takes a little bit of discipline to develop the habit of reminding yourself to do these things before you go to bed at night.
Make it a habit to clean up the house and get everyone involved. In our house, just after supper, I like to set a 15 minute timer where we race the clock and everyone pitches in to get the house clean fast.
We have fun, and accomplish our chores quickly and no one feels like they had to work alone.
For me, having the house in order when I wake up helps me to accomplish a strong morning routine with a much better attitude and effectiveness.
On the other hand, if you wake up to a sink full of dishes and laundry pile a mile high, you probably won’t feel like accomplishing anything.
So grab your notebook again, and jot down the things that you could do to prepare for your morning routine the night before. Then take care of those things!
Decide What You Will Do About Social Media
I’m not going to tell you not to check Facebook or Pinterest before doing other things.
I’ve heard from people who have a strong morning routine that the best thing they can do in order to accomplish the things they want to accomplish is to get social media and email out of the way before anything else.
At first I thought it was best to stay off of my phone and not check notifications at all, but then I realized the people who follow this structure, have a point. Sometimes checking your phone and getting notifications taken care of first is enough to let your brain relax and focus on your strong morning routine.
You choose. It’s your routine so do what works best for you. If checking your notifications is a part of your strong morning routine, then that’s totally fine.
Write Your Entire Plan Down
Now it’s time to take all of the notes and information you’ve compiled and put it together into a plan.
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 the 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.
Stick to The Tasks at Hand
Once you’ve decided what you want your routine to be, then stick to it. Give it at least a week before you decide that it’s not working. It takes time to develop new habits and the discipline of sticking to a routine is something you might have to work towards.
It will be especially difficult if you’ve never had a strong morning routine.
Of course, you can have my permission to take care of any needs that come up on your kids. But take notes: If you find you have a lot of interruptions, then you may need to reconsider your wake up time.
Amend Your Morning Routine if Necessary
Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize that it’s not written in stone. The well-laid out plans don’t always work when put into action. Plans can look great on paper, but don’t always work like you planned!
Adjust your morning routine 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.
Since this is your schedule and we want it to work best for you, then after you’ve given it a good week of time, amend your schedule if necessary.
You will be the one to best know if what you’re doing is working. Amending your schedule isn’t bad at all. In fact, sometimes it takes several tries before you find a strong morning routine that works well for you.
Give Yourself Time to Adjust
Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the groove of things.
Remember that it takes time, patience, diligence, and the desire to execute your plan well. But if you follow these steps, you’ll have a strong morning routine in no time at all!
How about you? What is your morning routine game plan? What things have you found that make your mornings successful and give you a strong start to the day? Comment below and let me know how you rock your mornings!
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