Finding Time In Your Busy Morning
Mornings generally are busy and quite chaotic. If you have a young family, and having to get everyone out the door daily, you know this first hand.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way, no matter how busy you think you are first thing in the day.
Earlier I shared with you how the first few hours in the morning set the tone for the entire rest of the day.
Do you want that:
- being rushed,
- and feeling like you’re constantly running
- and trying to catch up?
Or do you want it to be:
- and with a feeling that you’re in control?
It’s up to you and it’s all about embracing two simple concepts.
Get Up Early Enough
It’s tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It’s hard to even set the alarm early enough. Just so that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it.
If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it’s not nearly as hard as you think and something you’ll quickly get used to. Here is a way to have it be less traumatic, try the clock radio. Barry and I enjoy waking up to the tunes of Life 100.3 FM. You can even listen to it online.
Getting up early enough is the ultimate key to an unhurried morning. However, you must avoid hitting the snooze button at all costs.
Consequences Of Snoozing In
Here’s the problem with cutting your time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start of your day.
You will find yourself having to rush to make it out the door in time. And any little problem or speed bump along the way suddenly turns into a huge problem.
Something that normally would be a simple problem, such as not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis. Because now instead of carefully retracing your steps and finding the keys, your stress level is increased. As a result, you panic, can’t concentrate, and it results in you being late for work and the kids to be tardy at school.
Remember, how your morning begins sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it by having to chase down time and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your day. Chasing the entire day. Sounds exhausting doesn’t it. That is because it is.
Restructure Your Routine
On the other hand, getting up early enough puts you ahead of the game. You’re in control. Suddenly you are EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on.
In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day.
Before you restructure your morning routine, spend a little time thinking about what your current morning routine is.
Where are you already spending your time?
Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do. For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to pray or read Scriptures, look at what you could:
- take care of ahead of time,
- or delegate to make that time.
What Can You Do The Night Before?
If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone, here are some suggestions to change what you currently are doing.
- get in the habit of setting the breakfast table the night before.
- program the coffee maker to have the coffee brewed when your alarm goes off. Mmmm, doesn’t the smell of fresh brewed coffee just make you want to pull yourself out of bed? Sure it does!
- teach the kids to make their own breakfast. They can take the dirty dishes to the sink, and rinse them. Even put them in the dish washer if you use one.
- make sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours),
- and that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot. Ensure that they are where they need to be before you go to bed.
Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference. I challenge you to come up with a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.
See where you can find time in your busy morning. And once you find it, comment and share with us what worked for you and your family.