I seem to go through phases with daily routines. Do you?
For a time, I am incredibly productive – eager to start our school day, teach and train my children, and excited to live the day out serving my family and loving them. I take in every ounce of life and can’t wait until the next day to do it all over again.
But then, there are phases I go through where life just feels like one big messy phase. It’s chaotic, non-productive, depressing and overwhelming. In times like that I just want to throw in the towel, grab a cup of coffee and sit down to watch TV.…for like a week.
“Making home” feels impossible and I find myself overwhelmed with housework, having to teach and train my children, being a wife, and taking care of myself.
I like consistency and thrive on routine and schedules. So what gives? Why was this happening?
When my morning routine (or the lack of one sometimes) slacks – my day slacks. If I start my day off in the middle of chaos, I am rarely able to bounce back. But when I start my day of prepared and armed with the basic tools to aid me throughout my day, it is a success!
4 Things to do before breakfast
Here are 4 things I suggest doing before breakfast (maybe not before coffee though) that help me tackle my day without the stress and aid me in having a productive day!
1. Read your Bible. Start your day off by setting the right tone. If you are a Christian, you’ll want to be refreshed daily in the Word. I like to grab a cup of coffee and sit on the balcony (when weather permits) first thing in the morning. I usually just listen to my audio bible as I read along. Sometimes I just listen and others I just read – depends on the day. You can find audio for any version of the Bible through the free app from YouVersion. YouVersion also has several reading plans based on topics (joy, hope, anger, marriage…ect) or reading plans too (Bible in a year, 90 day Bible, Devotionals).
2. Do some exercise. Not only will this help you deal with the stress of a normal day, but it will also give you energy to function throughout your day. And, if you have kids – you’ll need lots of that! There are many options to getting exercise in. A gym is a great option, but not one that everyone can do. I suggest looking into some at home workout programs. (follow my fitness Pinterest board)
3. Get dressed. (and comb your hair) I don’t know about you, but being a stay at home wife/mother/home educator can make it easy to just stay in pj’s or frumpy sweats all day. But just as we prepare our mind and body we need to prepare our self for the day. Throw on some clothes before you tackle your day. After a workout, I like to hop in the shower, get dressed, do my hair and put on a little makeup! Not only does getting ready help me feel prepared for the day, but it also teaches my children to get ready for their day too. Mascara and lip gloss totally counts as daily makeup! You don’t have to go all-out!
4. Skim over your day. This really helps me out. Looking over the day in my planner, jotting down a few key things that can not go undone, and going over my daily task list in the morning has done wonders for me. When I know I have time for everything my day demands of me, I am less prone to feel overwhelmed with things as they come up. Time-blocking offers a huge peace of mind!
Without fail, when I start my day of prepared and armed with these simple basic tools, it is a success! It’s a success even when things come up because my mind is string, my body it awake, and I feel prepared to take on anything that comes my way.