34 Days of Favorites: Morning Routine

For many, many years, I was one of those people who slept in as long as I possibly could.

Fortunately for me, we’ve been blessed with children who don’t wake up before 8:00 in the morning, so I could usually get away with staying in bed until then. When I’d hear them making noise, I’d finally roll out of bed, and my day would start at exactly the same time as theirs did.

Although this kind of worked, way back in a deep, dark corner of my mind, I knew it wasn’t the best plan.

For one thing, I was always a bit cranky in the morning, because I hadn’t really had time to fully wake up.

Another problem was that I really like to have a bit of alone time first thing in the morning, but it could never happen when I woke up at the same time as the girls.

The most annoying part were all those women who kept talking about their “quiet time” in the morning, starting the day with devotions. I immediately felt defensive when I’d hear about early morning quiet times, because my conscience bothered me. I tried to justify everything by telling myself that prayer can happen any time of day, but really, I knew my day would go better if I would have the self-discipline to start it right.

I stuffed down these problems for as long as I could, and found other times of day for doing what I needed to do. Kaylia was still taking long afternoon naps, so I had time for reading with Anika, exercising, doing my devotions, and taking a quick nap each afternoon.

But one fateful day, Kaylia decided she was done with naps. At the ripe old age of two. I had been expecting a few more years of naps out of her, but it was not to be.

Suddenly, I had no time for exercising or devotions, and I knew something had to change.

I started waking up 15 minutes early. Not much time, but it was a start.

Before long, I changed it to half an hour earlier, and stayed there for quite some time. I got my exercising done, but that was about it.

After a few months, I decided to wake up 45 minutes earlier than the girls, so that I could exercise and do my devotions.

And I’m still going strong. Some mornings I wake up an hour early, if I need some extra time for working on the computer.

The weird part in all of this is that the very thing I most dreaded for many years has become one of the best parts of my day. Now I will sound like all those annoying women when I say how much I love a quiet house on an early, fresh morning.

I spend a little bit of time praying, and then I do yoga. I love that time.

If I’ve ever gotten to bed exceptionally late, wanted a bit of extra sleep, and gone back to waking up at 8 am, I feel completely disgusting.

I don’t know if it’s because my body is so used to waking up at 7:15 am, or if I just really need that quiet time alone before I’m ready to jump into the day, but if I sleep later, I am grumpy.

Finding what works for my morning routine has made a huge difference for how I feel about the rest of the day.

My new goal for this next year is getting to bed earlier! Oh my goodness, is that ever a hard one for me! But maybe by next year, I’ll love going to bed earlier as much as I love waking up earlier!

We’ll see…

What’s your morning routine? And do you have any tips for how I can get my evening routine working a little better?

6 thoughts on “34 Days of Favorites: Morning Routine

  1. Hey, that sounds almost exactly like me. My kids are not early risers either (actually, they are still sleeping and it is 8:45am – though they did go to bed later than normal) so I have just slept until they woke up. However, I felt the same way you did and started to make the most of my mornings by participating in a HelloMornings challenge – getting up earlier at the encouragement of a bunch of unknown women who would email me to say they were up. I had to beat the clock or explain why I slept in. (The challenge can be found here: http://inspiredtoaction.com/2012/08/war-and-motherhood-welcome-to-the-hellomornings-challenge/) The point was to get up, get dressed, make the bed, have devotions, (no exercise at that time because it just doesn’t work to blare TurboFire music at 6:30 in the morning and expect them to stay sleeping!) and greet the kids with a smile and a hug and have a completely different outlook on the day. Oh my goodness, what a difference. I am a night-owl so this has taken some rearranging. And now that I am building it is all out the window but I will return when order returns! As for my night routine, I figure out how many hours I need to sleep (because that is key to a good day as well) and work back from there. I set out my clothes, make sure everything for the morning is prepped so I can just jump out of bed and go instead of looking for this, that and everything else. Try going to bed just 10 minutes earlier so you can get up 10 minutes earlier. Don’t try to do too much at a time or success will be harder to find.

  2. Oh my. This is a hard one for me. I do have early risers. I hear the littlest one before 7am some days. Now that they are sharing a room there’s no possibility of even just bringing him into my bed and snuggling with him for a few minutes before the oldest wakes up. I know I do need to get to bed a little earlier, but it’s not so I can get up earlier…it’s so I can cope with the 6:45-7am wake up calls! Perhaps someday when all my kids are just a little older I might start with a few minutes early. But for right now this is one challenge I’m going to have to pass on! I love that you get up before the girls…I can really see how that would add so much to your day. I can see how it would benefit my day! But getting up at 6 or 6:30 each morning at this point in life seems a little impossible. Maybe if I went to bed earlier? I’m figuring I should work on that one first…I have zero discipline when it comes to going to bed early since I love a quiet house! So yes, I will join you in your challenge to get to bed earlier. Feel free to keep me accountable on that one! πŸ™‚

    • Nope, I would also not be able to get up at 6 or 6:30 each morning! My goodness. That’s very unfortunate. But I can see how the challenge to get to bed earlier would be a good one to try. I’m totally in agreement with you – it is HARD to give up those quiet evenings!!

  3. Applauding you.

    On most mornings, I wake up the same time as all three of my girls (around 8:00 or 8:30am). So far, it’s working out well.

    Lately, I prefer to go for my runs in the evening and I do tend to pray throughout the day. That said, I can see the benefit of some solitude in the morning. This is food for thought.

  4. You are very inspiring. I’ll admit my conscience has been twinging while reading this. I have known for years that if I want to have time for devotions and to have a bit of time to wake myself up and be pleasant, that I do need to wake up earlier and get it done before everyone else wakes up. It would be easier if the girls all woke up at the same time each day, but as long as I can get it done before the hubby goes to work, it would be possible. Having said that, I guess I am more accountable to do it since now you know! πŸ™‚ Have a great day Kendra!

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