Morning Success in 5 Easy Steps
Successful mornings don’t come naturally to me. As a younger person, I always stayed up too late and never wanted to get up early. As a mom, my challenges are different. It’s about getting myself and 3 other people to wake up (when they don’t want to get up), get them ready and get to school/work on time every day. Without a careful plan, my dream of morning success can easily become a morning nightmare.
If you want to have a successful morning, you must have a plan. Successful mornings don’t just happen by wishing and hoping.
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5 Secrets of Moms That Have Successful Mornings
Choose What You Will Wear the Night Before
Every evening before bed (or as part of your evening routine), choose your outfit for the next day. Be sure to have everything you need (shoes, necklace, earrings, everything). You don’t want to waste precious morning time searching for lost or missing clothes.
Bonus points if you layout all your clothes for the week on Sunday night and set-up your children’s clothes too.
Don’t miss this post: Mom’s Morning Rules
Create a Simple Organization System
Morning and evening routines keep me organized and help me remember to do everything that needs to be done before it’s too late or I am in a panic.
A few simple ideas to organize daily tasks include: keeping school lunches simple. Prep everything for a week on Sunday and store in individual packages in the refrigerator and pantry. Each evening when you prepare lunches, you will be able to quickly and easily grab the items for each lunch.
When my children were small, I used hanging sweater shelves in the closet. I would use one shelf for each day of the week. I placed an outfit and socks/underwear (and sometimes I would include a diaper to make my life very easy) on a shelf for each child. Each child had a hanging shelf for their clothes. In the morning, once I was dressed, I would go to their room, grab their clothes for the day and dress them. We would be off to school and work much faster and with less hassle. No more scrambling for matching clothes and socks.
My children are older now attend a school that requires uniforms. We still use a similar process. All their uniforms for the week are folded neatly and hanging together in each child’s closet. When they get up each morning, they are able to pick a shirt and pants or skirt to wear for the day. All the uniform tops/bottoms are mix and match.
Keep Breakfast Simple
If we are not careful, we will get slowed down with breakfast. Too many choices, what to eat, everyone wants something different. Breakfast can become a distraction and slow the your morning routine down.
Make breakfast simple and only offer a few choices like 2 cereals or try oatmeal and yogurt. The more choices offered, the longer breakfast will take. We also usually require that everyone get dressed and be ready first, then eat breakfast. This way, even if they eat breakfast slow, they are still ready to go. Sometimes, I still have to remind them to stay focused and eat.
Get Backpacks, Diaper Bags and Personal Items Ready the Night Before
When homework is done for the evening, we get the all book bags prepared the night before and placed by the front door (preferably hanging up if they are not too heavy). We double check and make sure all books, homework and gym bags are ready to go when we are. No hunting for last minute papers and books when it’s time to leave in the morning. Lunches are prepared the night before and kept in the refrigerator till morning when they are placed with the book bags.
If you have little ones, be sure to double check the diaper bag and add more diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and other items your baby will need during the day.
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Give Yourself Margin Time
Life happens. It always seems to happen to me in the morning when I am rushed and stressed trying to get the kids to school on time. The best way to allow for all the little things that will go wrong is to give yourself some margin time each day.
By just adding 10-15 minutes to your morning routine, you will be able to handle most situations that happen in the morning that ruin your schedule and make you late.
To help with your morning routine, be sure to download your copy of Mom’s Morning Rules (a FREE printable) that will remind your children to stay focused in the morning (and off their electronics) plus you get access to all the printables in the Smart Mom Resource library.
Make Over Your Mornings = Morning Success
At the beginning of 2016, I completed the Make Over Your Mornings course by Crystal Paine. This course has been so helpful to me in getting my morning time focused and getting more done each day.
If you feel that you are not making the most of your morning time, but would like to learn how you could get more done and make your days more successful, Make Over Your Mornings is a great place to start.
Here are just a few of the helpful things I learned in Make Over Your Mornings:
- How to set my daily priorities (I am still working on staying focused on the top priorities when I have limited time)
- Using routines to reduce decisions (so helpful)
- Creating a plan that will motivate you (do you love to exercise in the morning or have quiet reading and journal time – do what you love)
- Learn to make your goals manageable (recognize what you can do, and what you can’t do)
- And so many more helpful tips….
You can make every day a success… start with your mornings. Let’s get started today.
What’s your best tip for morning success?