5 Things Productive Moms Do Every Morning
Mornings are hard. No one wants to crawl out of their comfy bed when the alarm goes off, especially if it's early. If the sun isn't up, why should we be? Mornings are made more challenging when you're a mom. No longer are you responsible for just getting yourself up and ready. Oh no. Now you have the kids and probably your husband or partner to help out as well.
How your morning goes sets the tone for the rest of the day, but good mornings don't just happen. They're made. If you're like me, you might enjoy the extra time mornings allow for getting things done, but you never quite identify with the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed folk who call themselves morning people. Whether you're a stay at home mom or a working mom, the following five habits can help you have a more productive day.
There's a funny quote I saw online a few years ago. It reads, "As kids we wondered why our parents were always in a bad mood. Now we're like, okay, yes. This makes sense." Every time I read it, I chuckle. I've been guilty on more than one occasion of being grumpy for absolutely no reason. I think it can be chalked up to overall fatigue and age. Other times I appear cranky, but in reality, I'm just not ready to have conversations. I need coffee first thing upon waking to acclimate with the world.
Whether you stay at home with your kids full-time or head off to work, a daily gratitude practice can greatly alter your outlook. Attitude and mindset are everything. Taking a few moments each morning to mentally or physically list out who and what you're grateful for makes a big difference in your day. Focus on appreciating the people in your life instead of grumbling about minor annoyances and being thankful for the things you are fortunate to have instead of the things you don't. It's easier said than done sometimes, but when you make gratitude a habit, you'll notice a boost in your overall mood. When tough times happen, gratitude will be your reflex. Having a sense of appreciation will help you put life in perspective and you'll be better able to tackle those challenges, no matter how big or small.
Relish a Few Moments of Silence
Oh the sweet sound of silence. What is this mythical idea of which I speak? When you're a mom, you forget what silence is because there never seems to be any. From the time the kids wake up to the time they go to sleep, the house is full of noise and chaos. We're often given the advice to soak it all in, enjoy, because one day we'll blink and the kids will be all grown up. While this is true, it's hard to remember in the day-to-day, when the kids are running around, screaming at the top of their lungs or when they're insistent on telling the intricate saga of their favorite video game.
When you get up earlier than everyone else in your family, you can take advantage of the sweet silence. Savor your coffee and watch the sunrise, soaking in the calming sounds of nature. Enjoy this precious time for yourself, just being present in the moment. This a great opportunity to incorporate your daily gratitudes, meditate, or read a few pages in a motivational book. Relishing a few moments of silence each morning helps you prepare for the day ahead. You might feel a renowned sense of peace and you'll certainly be in a better mood after taking some time just for yourself.
Exercise keeps you healthy and happy. A regular workout routine helps combat stress and leaves you feeling confident year round. Making fitness a priority in the morning eliminates excuses. When you get your workout in first thing, the busyness of the day never has a chance to derail you. With the convenience of modern technology, you no longer need a gym to get a quality workout. There are plenty of streaming options available for every fitness level and any goal. On a budget? You can find a variety of free fitness videos on YouTube and Vimeo.
Get Ready for the Day
What this means and looks like will vary depending on your schedule and life. If you're working, chances are you already have a solid routine for getting ready for your day. It's just as important for stay at home moms and moms who are working from home to also have a routine. When you're home all day, it's easy to just leave your pajamas on. Why not? It's comfortable and you're not going anywhere, right? While that might be fun for a few weeks, soon you'll start feeling frumpy and unmotivated. If you have video calls or meetings, you definitely don't want to show up in pajamas with your hair a knotted mess.
On the flip side, it's not necessary to get all dolled up every day. You don't have to be a 1950's housewife, wearing heels, a dress, and red lipstick if that doesn't appeal to you. Instead, keep it simple. Do your basic hygiene tasks: brush your teeth, wash your face, and maybe comb out your hair. If you want to put on makeup, go for it! If you want to style your hair, go ahead. Wear something comfortable and easy to move around in, choosing items based on what your day will look like. For me, that usually means workout attire. When I change out of my pajamas every morning, I throw on a cute, comfortable pair of shorts and a tank top. It's easy, versatile, and appropriate for everything I do on a daily basis.
Organization is a key to happiness. Stay on top of household tasks and chores to keep your home tidy and prevent clutter build up. It's not necessary for your house to resemble the cover of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and with kids, that's usually a futile effort anyway. Tackling messes and chores head on will cut back on future overwhelm and save time in the long run. It's also great to have a calendar to keep appointments and other important events straight. Make out a to-do list so you never forget a task and utilize your evening to prepare for the next day. Set your coffee maker to have your coffee ready for you when you wake up, pack lunches for the next day if necessary, and put everything you'll need when walking out the door in an easily accessible spot. Doing this will make your morning run much smoother and help you have a more productive day.
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