10 Morning Habits To Kick Start Your Day And Help You Be A Happier Mom


These 10 easy-to-do morning habits to kick start your day will seem obvious, but they are highly effective and none of them are difficult tasks.

By now, I think we all know that a good morning sets the tone for the entire day. It’s just so easy to skip these and not realize how important they each are for setting our days up for success.

Good Morning Habits Start the Night Before

You are more likely to succeed at following these morning habits to kick start your day if you are intentionally preparing the night before.

Set goals for the morning and prepare your home so you can wake up refreshed. By following an evening routine, you will be able to focus on these morning habits to kick start your day and be a happier, less stressed mom.

Stop Skipping the Important Stuff

Let’s be honest, mommas. How many of these super important self-care habits do you skip each morning? As moms, we spend so much time anticipating our childrens’ needs and focusing on everything but ourselves.

You deserve to take some time for you each day! In fact, if you don’t take time for self-care, you won’t be able to give the best version of yourself to your family, friends and business.

10 morning habits for mommas

Habit #1: Wake Up Before Your Kids

The alarm goes off. You hit snooze. Once. Twice… I’ve been there. The baby didn’t sleep well, and neither did you. In your groggy state, you have to choose between getting up and being productive or getting an extra hour of sleep.

Waking up before my kids is the hardest step for me. But, it’s the most important of the habits to kick start your day.

Once your kids are awake, they will become your priority. They need your help and you need to be present with them. But, before they wake up, you can truly be the priority. The rest of this list is a whole lot more difficult if you are trying to balance the kids’ needs at the same time.

Habit #2: Brush Your Teeth, Wash Your Face, Shower

These three things will help you wake up after you have dragged yourself out of bed. It doesn’t matter how tired I am, once I finish with these three things, I feel ready to tackle any day.

Habit #3: Comb your hair

Even if it’s just into a messy mom bun, be intentional about getting fully prepared for the day. Don’t skip any part of getting yourself prepared for the day.

Habit #4: Get fully dressed

Speaking of getting fully prepared for the day. Get dressed fully. I have found that when I get dressed AND put on my shoes from the start of the day, I have a more productive day.

I don’t know what the psychology behind that is (Editors Note: Go Google “Endowed Progress Effect”), I just know that I get more done!

I don’t think it matters if you are wearing leggings and sneakers or a dress and high heels. The act of preparing yourself for your day is meaningful to your success.

Habit #5: Eat Breakfast (while sitting down)

How many times do you quickly eat while standing over the sink or kitchen counter? Sitting down for your meal is a simple act of self-care. Momma, you are worth it! Sit down and enjoy that kitchen table.

Habit #6: Empty the dishwasher

I’m lucky in that my husband does this one most mornings. I really dislike doing it, so it’s nice that I, typically, don’t have to worry about it.

Even if you don’t have a dishwasher, just starting the morning with all your dishes clean and tidy keeps one less thing on your to do list all day.

Habit #7: Clean out the sink

If there is anything in the sink from breakfast, clear that out. I have read that keeping your sink clear is a habit that will help keep the rest of your house clean. I know it works for me! If the sink is clean, somehow the rest of the house seems manageable to me.

Habit #8: Make the bed

Making the bed is a simple and easy thing to do in the morning that will set you up to relax at night. It also motivates me to clean up the rest of my bedroom. When my bed is looking inviting, I want my bedroom to match!

Habit #9: Do something for you (coffee, workout, devotionals,etc)

Whether it’s drinking an entire cup of coffee without interruption, doing a 20 minute workout or reading a daily Bible devotional, taking quiet time with yourself is important to start your day right. Have you heard the phrase, you can’t pour from an empty cup? These moments of self-care are critical for you to fill your cup.

Habit #10: Finish one chore/to do list item

There is nothing more motivational for me than knowing that I have already crossed off an item from my to do list before the kids are even awake! That one chore can be writing a blog post, mopping the floors or mapping out my week on my planner.

When I complete these 10 morning habits, I always have a better day. If I don’t, I feel like I am behind all day. What are your must do morning habits to kick start your day




Focusing on faith, family and finances, Jenny gives tired, stressed and overwhelmed moms the tools they need to become the best version of herself. After six years as a working mom, Jenny took a leap of faith and quit her job to become a stay at home mom to her three children. Switching from two incomes to one hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been worth it to her. She shares the lessons she has learned to encourage moms on their own journeys on her blog

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  1. Jun 20, 2018 7:12 pm

    I could have written this! I need to try and wake up before my kids but that’s hard! I do many of these things already like clear the dishes and make the bed, makes the house feel somewhat organized!

    • Jun 20, 2018 10:04 pm


      Hi Tal! Isn’t it nice to feel like you have already accomplished some things before breakfast? I totally agree the waking up part is the hardest!!

  2. Jun 20, 2018 9:45 pm

    I looove waking up before my daughter. That quiet peaceful time (sometimes 15 minutes, sometimes an hour) starts my day off right. I wasn’t naturally a morning person before but after having a bakery/catering business I learned to be up early and now I love that time.

    • Jun 21, 2018 4:39 pm

      @The Curious Frugal

      Hi! I completely agree. That quiet time is so peaceful and gives me energy for the rest of the day.

  3. Jun 20, 2018 11:49 pm

    Seriously, thank you for the extra push. On my drive home from work today I looked at myself in the mirror in disgust. Tomorrow is a new day and I’m going to make sure to check off the things on here, if not all at least most! xoxo

    • Jun 21, 2018 4:43 pm


      Hi Chells! I know these tips will help you feel more refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

      We all have those days where we feel just plain icky. I love your attitude that tomorrow IS a new day!

      I think you would enjoy my evening routine to help you rest better and be ready for the next morning. You can check it out here: https://homeafterthree.com/2018/06/16/easy-evening-routine-for-busy-moms/

  4. Jun 21, 2018 5:08 am

    Any tips for us self-admitted night owls? I do a lot of this at night and like that…but I do have trouble starting the day with impact. 😬

    • Jun 21, 2018 4:38 pm


      Hi Amy! I absolutely used to stay up all night and had trouble waking up early. I found that giving myself a “bedtime” and evening routine helps me get to bed a little earlier so that I can wake up before the kids.

      Have you tried planning an activity for early in the morning? I love breakfast, so sometimes I plan to make a big breakfast for me and the kids. It’s a little extra motivation to get up and get going.

  5. Jun 21, 2018 3:19 pm

    My mornings are super chaotic and stressful. These tips are so useful and important. I need to just set my alarm and just get up, I’ll feel much better.

    • Jun 21, 2018 4:44 pm


      Hi Kayla! It’s true, we just need to be intentional about waking up. It’s the hardest step. Everything else is easy to do once we are up and out of bed!

  6. Jun 27, 2018 1:43 am

    These are great tips! I have recently started making my bed in the morning and it truly does make it so much nicer to get into at the end of the day. I’m so guilty of eating every meal standing up at the counter and I want to be more intentional about actually sitting down! And finally, the morning shows DOES make such a difference!

    • Jun 29, 2018 1:53 am


      I love making my bed because it makes my room look clean instantly. it also makes me feel like I am ready for the day and I accomplished one small thing!

  7. Jun 27, 2018 1:44 am

    **shower not shows 😂

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