When you are a busy mom, every minute counts! I think most will agree that it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the never-ending task list that needs to be accomplished and it is difficult to try to manage to get everything done in the day.
Fortunately, there are a few things that can you can do to help you feel like you’ve got a good handle on your situation and it all starts with a good routine.
Wake up early. This really is the only way to get extra time in the day. Wake up early in the morning (before everyone else) to give yourself an opportunity to have some quiet time. You can use that time for a workout, meditation, reflection or maybe just to watch your favorite non-kid-friendly tv. This extra time is for you to do what you need to do to unwind. Also, use this time to get ready so you don’t feel rushed to put yourself together, which will give you more confidence throughout the day.
Make a habit of cleaning every day. It is much more manageable to clean a little bit at a time. Spend a few minutes each day, at a time that works with your schedule, to do dishes, do a load of laundry and pick up toys/clutter. Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus and process information. By keeping your surroundings clean, you will avoid distractions in the morning and focus on what needs to get done.
Check the weather the night before. You’ve got to know if it is going to be hot or cold, or snow or rain, in order to best prepare for your morning. The easiest way to get a head start on the next day is to be prepared for whatever weather may be coming at you!
Layout your clothes the night before. You can do this for yourself and the kids and I promise you the mornings will go SO much smoother. Even the few minutes of attempting to match a sweater with a blouse will take precious minutes out of your morning, so figure that out at night! Another Tip: iron or steam your outfits the night before to give yourself a polished look.
Pack lunches, snacks and book bags the night before. Try to avoid the search for items right before you head out the door. If your kids are old enough, teach them to prepare their bags and place them in the same spot every day — it is never too early to start establishing a good habit.
You can add any tasks to your night routine that you find yourself doing in the morning, like filling the coffee filter. If you can accomplish it at night, you will save precious minutes for your morning.
Make a list. Whether electronic or hand-written, make a list of things that need to get done for the day. If your morning routine has gone smoothly, you will have set yourself up for success and you should be ready to start your day. Do not let time slip away with wasted or unprioritized tasks. Making a thought out list will help you focus on the items that need to be done and will alleviate any stress that something could have been overlooked or forgotten.
I try my best to do each of these and make it a habit; however, I will admit that things sometimes get in the way. Do not let it discourage you and try again the next day. Old bad habits are sometimes hard to break but I feel such a difference when I’ve prepared myself for a good morning.
I love starting the morning feeling like everything is going right and it really sets me up for a great day.