I have given myself the challenge of trying to create more order in my life. There are areas where I manage well and others where I fail dismally and cause me stress. I would love nothing more, than to have routines and habits that enable life to just flow better. I am hoping that by posting everyday the various areas that need I feel improvement, that it will keep me accountable and I will achieve my to do list for once in my life.
“Where are your goggles?” Decibel levels rising in parallel to the frustration levels.
“I don’t know!” My daughter replied, wiping away a tear.
“Why didn’t you do it last night?”
“I forgot,” came the reply.
” And this is the consequence of you forgetting.” Hubby calmly reminded her.
It was 7:03.am on Friday morning. My girls have an early morning club at school, which requires them to be out of the door before 7am. My friend, who was driving them in, had been waiting outside for a couple of minutes and things were getting frazzled to say the least.
It was a valid reminder of the value of doing the evening routine.
To make the morning flow, the evening needs to have its routine and when the evening routine is done, the morning routine will flow.
So what is our morning routine?
The Children’s Morning Routine:
Their routine is pretty basic for now, involving 6 steps:
- Get up,
- Get dressed,
- Have breakfast,
- Brush teeth and
- Pack bags,
- Coats etc on
It’s on their ‘Easy Peasy Chore Chart‘ but they effectively know it. That’s what makes a routine so good- it becomes a habit.
I would like to include a few more items- music practice for the older ones, their folded clothes into their cupboards, reading with my youngest one, but at the moment I am content with them being self sufficient in getting ready, which is why having a routine is so useful and such a lifesaver.
But my routine has gone by the wayside. My depression, Plantar Fasciitus, back pain has resulted in me being in survival mode. I get the basics done- get up, make tea, make lunches, make breakfasts, get dressed, take the children to school. But there is so much more I’d like to do, and I know it is possible to do more, as I have achieved it on the rare occasion. (Survival mode has been in more areas than just the morning routine- I’ve had days when I’ve come to wash the pots and pans and realise that we used them two days previously.)
So in an ideal world, my morning will look like this:
6:10 Wake the body.
: This would involve, getting up without hitting the snooze button and grabbing myself a glass of water with lemon. The health benefits of drinking a glass of water first things in the morning are long. I’m hoping that by drinking this glass, it will kick start me in the right direction.
: Basic exercises. This is basically a simplified version of what my Physio has given me. It involves some stretches and then the crucial strength builders I need to facilitate healing and recovery. I plan to do more thorough (namely cardiovascular and strength building) exercises 3 times a week.
6:20 Wake the spirit.
: I would love to finish reading my Cover to Cover Complete Bible in a Year. I’ve yet to make it past week 12. So, 5-10 minutes reading the daily reading, followed by praying for my husband (with some help from The Power of a Praying Wife). I will also use Stormie’s The Power of a Praying Parent as a guide for praying for my children. Hopefully this would set me up with a positive start, before I come back later in the day to have a more in depth devotion.
6:30 Plan my day.
: Grab my planner, my calendar and daily planner and just use the time to plan my day, so I can achieve the necessities while still having time to accomplish the nice to dos (goals, hobbies, exploring) and the invaluables( time spent with family and friends.)
6:45 Into the kitchen
: Time to get sorted…. Finish making the lunches (at best, taking everything out of the fridge and putting them into lunch boxes, at the worst- making them from scratch.). Make my caffeine fix and breakfast for myself and the family.
7:15 The dining room
: When I was first married, I discovered that ‘A’, and M had a routine of sitting down every morning and eating breakfast together. I found that challenging as I was used to living on my own and just eating my breakfast while making my lunch. Interestingly, we now all eat breakfast separately, but it would be so good to bring us all sitting down at the breakfast table together back into our morning routine.
7:30 Beauty calls…
: Shower, dressed, make up. All pretty self explanatory.
7:50 Reading time.
: Just sitting for 5-10 minutes with J, listening to him read.
8:00 Time to go.
So, that’s what I’d like to do. One day (but not yet) I would like to do more exercise (physical and spiritual) in the morning and have cleared the kitchen and completed the next stage of the laundry routine, so that when I walk out of the door for drop off, I am free to do what I wish.
But that’s one day.
Today is today and I’m going to tackle this in a manageable way- building on what I do already do. If I can crack the first 30 minutes of the day, that would be great.
(I will say that my PF is significantly better, thanks to my visit to the orthopaedic surgeon last week- hence my ability to feel like I can challenge my morning routine.)
So my challenge for this week, is to crack the first 30 minutes. Building into my routine, so it becomes a habit.
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