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I’m sharing my morning routine with you today!
Over the last year, I’ve been on a mission to simplify the mom life one system/routine at a time. Part of that was finding the best morning routine for myself. It’s been a journey, but a really fun one at that. I’ve finally landed on the following flexible routine and it’s been working wonders. The beauty of this routine is it morphs however we need, which makes it ideal for moms.
Plus, there’s a free printable to help you stay on track near the bottom of this post.
Our routine serves as a framework. Some days we follow it exactly, other days we skip a step or move things around. Some days we breeze through the routine, other days we stop and enjoy the process a little more. It really just depends on the day — there are some days the routine gets thrown out the window entirely because something else came up. But in general, having it there provides some extra stability for my morning, a jumping off point to help the whole morning flow better.
My husband works at home with me, since we blog full-time (you can read our blog income reports here), but even if he worked outside the home, my routine would likely look very similar.
My Morning Routine:
Everyone in my house wakes up around 7am usually. Occasionally I wake up before the kids so I can get a few minutes to myself but in general the kids wake up around the same time as me and I do this routine with them in tow.
Here’s what the framework of the routine looks like…
1. Quick workout.
This has been a recent addition to my morning schedule (my goal for 2017 is to move more).
Depending on what time my little people get up the length of this workout changes daily. Some days it’s a full workout, other days it’s just 5 squats. My recent favorite has been doing the frog pose (which I learned about in this Gabby Bernstein video). My toddler loves doing them with me while my little guy usually crawls around my feet.
I also try to drink some water first thing in the morning.
2. Feed everyone including myself.
This is also when I take my vitamins. I try to do it before I sit down so I don’t forget.
Easy breakfast ideas: smoothies, scrambled eggs with toast, bagels with cream cheese, homemade granola with yogurt, etc.
3. Dress the kids.
Get the kids ready for the day.
4. Get myself ready.
After I dress the kids, I set them up on a self-entertaining activity so I can shower and/or get dressed and ready for my day peacefully.
I realize this is later than one normally has coffee, but it’s become the perfect spot for me. I feel better when I eat before I caffeinate and since I have almost everything done (and the kids are fed and happy) it gives me time to sit and actually enjoy my cup.
I like to alternate between coffee and tea depending on my mood.
We just bought a Keurig to make mornings even easier and lately we’ve been trying Seattle’s Best Coffee® (so far totally impressed – a great tasting coffee for such a great price!).
My 3 year old loves to drink “coffee” with us. We fill her coffee mug with milk, water, or juice. 🙂
For us grown ups Seattle’s Best Coffee® hits the mark! They have a great variety! Their Hazelnut coffee is my favorite – I love how smooth it is! Corey’s favorite is their Houseblend – he likes his coffee strong so he brews their K-cup on “strong” and it’s perfect!
6. Enjoy the Kids
I try really hard to create a special little moment with the kids before all the days distractions start in full force.
I sip my coffee and enjoy the kids – watch them play, chat with them and laugh, and get in on the playing action for a few minutes. Depending on the day this can be anywhere from 3 to 30 minutes.
During this time we try to get fresh air and sunlight. On cold days, we stay inside but still try to open the windows for a few minutes to get some fresh new air into our home.
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This is my favorite step. My kids play on their own during this step (they are happy to do so since their little love tanks are full from me just playing with them). I usually try to read or listen to a personal development book and then take a minute to journal.
Depending on how we’re doing on time, my little guy goes down for a nap either right before this step or after the next one.
8. Make a list/game plan for the day.
I’ve found this is a crucial step that helps the rest of my day run smoothly. If I don’t take the time to create a rough draft plan for the rest of the day, the day usually ends up running me.
This step is so easy to skip when life gets busy, but that’s actually when I need it most.
Download the printable.
Use this easy printable to help your mornings stay on track. Click below and you’ll have an option between the above routine or creating your own.
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