It’s day two of our week of mornings, and I’m going to go backwards, just a little. Yesterday I talked about getting up before your kids, not for your kids. Using those precious, quiet, first minutes of your day to recharge your batteries, and greeting the day with positivity, rather than being woken up and having to hit the ground running.
There’s nothing earth-shattering about today’s message. You will have heard it a hundred times before. All this is, is a gentle reminder that these habits that we have fallen out of will make our lives so much easier if we can just get ourselves back into them again. Or perhaps you’re already all over this and can smile smugly while the rest of us have our ‘aha’ moments.
Do what you can the night before.
If your mornings are crazy as you run around half dressed, looking for the library book that’s due back today, trying to find something that will vaguely pass as a healthy lunch and shouting at the kids to find their drink bottles and put them in their bags NOW (can you just tell that I’ve been there many, many times?) then this one’s for you.
Imagine ticking six or eight things off your morning to-do list before morning even hits. Bliss!
These are some of the things I aim to get done the night before, to leave my mornings freer:
- check my diary and calendar to avoid missed appointments
- make school/kinder lunches
- fill drink bottles
- complete permission slips, payments, raffle tickets, book orders etc and put in bags
- pack bags with library books, hats, show and tell etc
- check uniform items and make sure no last minute washing is required
- lay out clothes on sofa so boys can get dressed after breakfast
- get sorted for any after school sports or activities
- decide what I’m going to wear (I’m so indecisive in the mornings!)
- repack nappy bag and handbag
- load the washing machine and set it on delay so it finishes first thing in the morning
It looks like a huge list, but in reality, each thing will only take a couple of minutes. Setting aside twenty minutes at night to be super prepared in the morning is worth it!
And, you know, this series is all about mornings, but it’s a good idea to reassess your bedtime. Especially if you are planning to get up that bit earlier to beat your kids up. In the nicest possible way, that is…
Do you need to think about getting to bed before midnight instead of after?. Aim to get under the covers half an hour earlier? Most of us know how much sleep we need to be at our best. I run well at about seven hours. For others that could be six or eight. Do what you need to do to bless your body with enough sleep.
Are you one of the smug ones reading this? Or, like me, is this a habit you have fallen out of and need to get back into? Is there anything else you do the night before to make mornings a breeze? Do you need to reassess your bedtime