Guest Blogger: Elisha Austin
As a mom of 7 year old twins, I have a long to do list and what feels like a short amount of time to get it all done. Between being a wife, mom, school counselor, daughter, sister and aunt, it never feels like there’s enough time to do the things that I need to, let alone time to do the things that I want to do.
“It never feels like there’s enough time to do the things that I need to, let alone time to do the things I want to do.”
When I get home from work, my awesome twosome are coming home from school and they want all of my attention (and I really want to talk to them too). After catching up, there’s dinner to be made, homework to review and depending on the day, a host of other duties. By the time I’m winding down for the evening, I don’t usually feel accomplished. There are still a lot of things on my to do list and what about a little self care? It feels like my entire day is dedicated to others and that can become taxing if there’s no “me time” involved.
“By the time I’m winding down for the evening, I don’t usually feel accomplished.”
So, on to my secret weapon!
“The best solution that I’ve found to get the most done and make sure that includes things that I want to do is to wake up early.”
Yup, that’s my secret. When I’m especially overwhelmed and my to do list is a mile long, I use my mornings to my advantage and get as much done as possible.
Waking up earlier than my children gives me the much needed time and peace to get things done. Now, this works for me because I’m a morning person. I feel like my mind is sharpest, my body is most energized and the ability to get things done while it’s quiet is amazing.
Morning routine 101
The key to maximizing this time is creating a morning routine. A morning routine allows YOU to be in charge of what you get done on your terms. The best morning routines include things you need to do and things you want to do.
“I think including time for self care during your morning routine should be a requirement. “
If you’re sacrificing your sleep, you should get something out of it, more than some lines through your to do list. I would also suggest including some form of physical movement and something that sparks your brain.
You can do it!
Creating a morning routine can be super simple! Check out the step by step directions below to get started with your secret weapon to getting things done:
- Figure out what you want to get done, that you can’t get done when you’re caring for others
- Set a time for your morning routine to start: I say start at least a half hour before anyone else in your house wakes up – this will depend on what you want to get done
- Write out your routine with the estimated time it will take you to do each task
- Set your alarm
- Wake Up
- Run through the routine
- Evaluate your routine to see if you’re getting up early enough to accomplish your routine or alter the routine to fit the time that you have
What are some must haves in your morning routine?
Elisha A of MomsOnPoint.com is a married mom of twins. As a busy professional woman, she created her blog to help other mothers like her, who are looking to live more balanced lives.