It’s already the month of February and I have lots of plans/goals for 2014. In order to stay on track here’s what I’ve committed to do:
Plan the night before. At some point of your morning you will end up in the kitchen SOOO clean it the night before. Make sure all the dishes are washed and put away, wipe counters leaving it lemony fresh so that when it’s time to make breakfast it’s inviting and it smells good (bonus-no food for roaches). Whatever papers, books, keys, wallets, handbags, etc., is needed for the work, place them in a stack so that you are not frantically looking for them the next morning—talk about eliminating stress.
ETOD (estimated time of departure). If I want my day to stay on track I need to leave by 9:00am (the latest 9:30), the same time my son leaves for school. With that said I need to be up by 7:30am for my specific morning rituals.
Create specific rituals. For me that means make my bed. Make breakfast. Juice. Take a bath. Meditate. Get dressed for the gym. Walk the dog. If time allows I may throw a load of laundry in the wash, something small unlike scouring your bath tub. These are my Monday through Friday rituals, weekend ahhh whatever!
Time Alone. I spend anywhere from 20-30 minutes every morning meditating. That could mean any or all of the following reading my Bible, reading devotionals, or watching a 30-minute broadcast i.e. Joel Osteen. Most days when I’m not able to do this my day seems to be off kilter a bit.
Only do what is truly needed. If checking your social media accounts were not a part of your morning ritual list, then you should not be doing it here. Let’s focus on something a little more important like eating and getting dressed.
What does your morning routine look like? Is it frantic and chaotic? Maybe it’s time to do some tweaking.