Creating the perfect morning routine seems like finding the holy grail, doesn’t it?
If you are a fellow “Little Miss Scatterbrain” like myself then you may know the agony of perfectionism behind creating your morning routine and, even further yet, executing it like a habit…Every. Single. Day.
“Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
And that’s just it. That was my epiphany.
AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.
In my last post on your morning routine, I listed a good three or four hours of tasks: bible reading, bible journaling, hour walks, cooking, showering, tidying…and yes, that all needs to get done.
But what I noticed is that that in itself was so overwhelming…to think of all the things that I’d like to do daily was causing me to form an “all or nothing” mentality.
“Well, I didn’t get to that today. I’m skipping the routine.”
I once read that the reason why many of us procrastinate is because we believe something will take longer than it really does. I have to say I agree.
My morning routine was hard to execute daily because it was so long.
So it had me thinking: what are the quickest things I can get done, that are also equally important? What am I missing daily?
Really, a lot of the things that I realized weren’t getting done were the simplest, littlest things…things that could be done in a minute or two.The littlest things make the biggest differences. Simplify your #morning #routine. @nittygrittylinz Click To Tweet
Things like eating breakfast and showering are things that are going to be done sooner or later. They have to get done. So, long story short, I made my ten minute list of those little things that make major differences.
Rockin’ Your Morning Routine
Make the Bed
Hear me out. It takes one minute and it makes a huge difference in how your room looks and feels. And remember: BEHAVIOR BREEDS BEHAVIOR. When you get up and make your bed, it sets a tone for your day; a tone that says “We are together. We have order. We get it done.”
You might even find yourself picking the clothes up off the floor. 😉
So those of you that work outside the home may not have this problem. But a large number of my readers are stay-at-home mothers and we sometimes do…have this problem, that is.
So even if it is “fancy pants” (a term a dear friend coined me with because I wear stretchy yoga pants with designs) and a tank or tee, it still isn’t pajamas. And again: BEHAVIOR BREEDS BEHAVIOR. This may lead you to further grooming habits, like…
Washing Your Face
I’m telling you, it makes a difference. I know how I feel when I have a shower. Washing your face is another quick way of boosting your energy and making you feel clean and ready. Caring for your hygiene is also a psychological thing. And it only takes a minute. Soap, warm water, wipe.
Fill Up Your Water Bottle
This is perhaps one of the most important things you can do each morning.
Now, I’m not much of a water drinker so it was important to me to make this a habit, and to get it done first thing.
What really helps me is putting it in a bottle so I can sip on it throughout the day. When it is there and ready it is more likely that I will drink it.
We all know that water is crucial and benefits us, but let me remind you:
- It detoxes
- helps rid fat cells
- supports every function in your body
- keeps your skin healthy
…and the list goes on!
Brewing Your Tea or Coffee.
Come on. We need it. I don’t have to explain this.
Take Your Vitamins
I have supplements in my desk drawer that I knew that I needed on a daily basis. Not just vitamins but supplements to help with my focus and other issues as well. But sadly they stay in my drawer month after month. Then something happens and I think, “Oh. I really need to remember to take my supplements each day.”
Making them part of an easy, executable ten minute routine has been great. No need to “remember”. It’s part of an automated routine; it becomes habit.
Unload the Dishwasher
It only takes a couple minutes. But it packs a difference!
If you did the dishes the night before and ran the dishwasher, then they should be clean. If you take a minute or two to put them away, then not only will you have access to all the dishes during the day (no more “They’re in the dishwasher!”) then you will also be able to rinse your dishes during the day and stick them in. No more “It’s five o’clock and I need to cook dinner but I have to clean the kitchen first.”
What a sanity saver that is!
Read A Daily Scripture
Many of us are religious/spiritual beings. But in this day and age it is easy to push spiritual pursuits to the side and focus on the novelty, the exciting, the new, the shiny, the distracting… Reading a daily devotion type booklet (I call mine “the Daily Text” which is a scripture each day with comments) helps to put you in a positive, spiritual frame of mind. I timed how long it took me to read mine and it was about a minute.
We have a minute.
Another great reminder, another great habit. Though I love my God and dedicated my life to Him, it is embarrassing how often a day goes by without talking to Him. And He’s supposed to be my best friend. I realized it only take a minute to thank him for my life, to praise Him for His goodness and His works, and to ask for His spirit to be with us on this day. And that, my dears, is the most powerful thing I can do for my day.
Make Your To-Do List
This is your moment to think about what needs to be done that day. Having that sticky note on your desk is so incredibly helpful. You don’t know what’s going to pop up in your day.
So get focused and make a quick list:
- Who do you need to call?
- Where do you need to go?
- What do you need to pay?
- What’s for dinner?
- What have you been procrastinating on?
You get it.
Now your fifteen minutes is up.
You are hydrated, you are organized, and you are ready to attack this day.
The trick to pulling all this off, of course, would be that you were prepared the night before. You laid out your clothes, you “shined your sink”, you had tea or coffee ready.
In other words, the trick to pulling this off is that you would have completed your EVENING ROUTINE.
And that, my dears, is a whole other post.
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