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.
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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