Finding Time In Your Busy Morning

 If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know how busy and chaotic mornings can be.

Here is the good news though ….regardless of how busy and hectic your mornings are now…

it doesn’t have to be that way!

Remember I shared previously how important the  first few hours in the morning are because they set the tone for the entire rest of the day.

Do you want those hours to be frantic and rushed, where you feel like like you’re constantly running and trying to catch up?

Or would you prefer to feel like you’re in control , and those morning hours to be calm and productive.

It’s up to you,  and it’s all about embracing two simple concepts.

# Get Up Early Enough 

Yes, it is so very tempting to hit the snooze button and try to catch a few more minutes of sleep.

And yes – it is difficult to set the alarm early enough in order to have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done.

I get it.

Even more difficult if you’re not a morning person!  It is really tough to move the alarm forward  30 minutes in order to carve out a little extra time.

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. 

The key to an un-rushed morning is getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs.

Here’s the problem with hitting the snooze button a few times or not allowing enough time.

It causes you to get behind right from the very start of the day.

Just to make it out the door in time you have to rush. Worse still, if you strike any little problem or speed bump along the way, then everything seems to turn into a complete disaster!

Something as simple as not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis!  Because all of a sudden you’re now running late for work or late getting the kids to school.

Remember, how you organise and what you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day.

If you start it chasing down time and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your day. 

Getting up in plenty of time on the other hand puts you in control and ahead of the game. There is time to take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner. And with time for the important things you want to work on as well.

In short, set yourself up for an amazing, productive day by getting up early enough. 

Time For a Routine Restructure

Before we wrap this up, spend some time thinking about your current morning routine.

What are you spending time doing?

Is there anything you can change or tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do.

If you want an extra 20 minutes for exercise or meditation for example – plan ahead. Try to take care of anything the night before that you can organise ahead of time.

Or could you delegate some things to others in your household? Don’t be afraid to ask for co-operation.

Get into the habit of preparation the night before, maybe setting the breakfast table or making the lunches the night before.

Could your spouse or partner get the coffee ready the night before?  That would mean all you need to do in the morning is push the button on the coffee machine.

Maybe you could teach the children to prepare their own breakfast and rinse their dishes or place them in the dishwasher

Prepare all the morning clothes the night before ( including yours) and lay them out ready.

Ensure that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot and that they are where they need to be for the morning before you turn in for the night.

Simple changes to your morning routine can make a huge difference. I challenge you to come up with some simple tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning. 

 

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