Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Morning Routine

For the month of January I focused on getting more consistent with my morning routine.  If I had to give myself a grade, I probably would say about 70%.  I have 3 kinds of mornings during the week.  I don't count weekends because I get up according to the girls soccer schedules and let myself sleep in until 7am hahahaha.

The perfect morning consists of me getting up anywhere between 530 + 630 as long as I am not running and starting from there. I make myself some tea and catch up on social media on my iPhone and check both my bullet binder and a paper agenda.  Once I am done my tea then i eat breakfast and that usually is either oatmeal that i make in bulk on Monday and eat a few days during the week or a bowl of cereal.  My usual go to is original Special K.  Then I put the dishes away and make the girls lunches and start on whatever I have to do on that day.  I try to get most of my weekly to do list for that day done before we leave for school.  If I finish all that I can do and the girls are still sleeping then I will do some reading on the couch or something.  It really could be anything.  Then I get the girls up either up at 7:15 or 7:30 depending on if they had soccer the night before.  I get them fed, dressed, teeth brushed, hair brushed and backpacks ready before we head out the door to school at 8:10.  These mornings are the best and I feel like I can take on the world once I get home from dropping the girls off.

The second kinda of morning I have is so so but it does work.  This is when I sleep until around 7 and get up and make lunches and eat breakfast and then get the girls up and then get them ready to leave.  This one isn't terrible because I still am not rushed in the morning and do get a few minutes of time alone before I get the girls up.  I have a bit more to do once I get home from school but it still feels good.    

The worst version is when I just don't want to get up at all and  I lay in bed awake until it is time to wake up the girls and get a massive headache as a result of it.  I usually bribe the girls with eating a  bear paw or nutrigrain bar in return for them to make their own lunch.  I know right, mom of the year all the way.  I end up being grouchy until we leave and it's not a great morning.  I drink my tea on my way to school and then when I get home I feel so defeated that I lay on the couch deciding if I should do the stuff on my to do list or just go back to bed.  It's a tough call some days to make the right decision hahaha. 

So while I have 3 perfectly imperfect morning routines, I still have a ways to go to ensure that my first morning routine is one that I experience on most days.  I would love to eliminate the third option because that is never good but it is usually because I don't sleep well the night before and am too tired to get up.  

Do you have a morning routine?  How do you make it work for you? What do you love the most about yours?  If you are like me and have 2 kids then probably the peace and quiet in the house.  That's my favourite part for sure. 

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