Finding Time In Your Busy Morning
22 August 2022
Mornings are busy and they can be quite chaotic. If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know this firsthand. The good news is that it does not have to be that way, no matter how busy you think you are first thing in the day. Earlier I shared with you how the first few hours in the morning set the tone for the entire rest of the day. Do you want that to be rushed, frantic, and feeling like you are constantly running and trying to catch up? Or do you want it to be calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you are in control? It is up to you, and it is all about embracing two simple concepts.
Get Up Early Enough
It is tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It is even hard to set the alarm early enough that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it. If you are not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it is not nearly as hard as you think and something you will quickly get used to.
Getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs is the key to an unrushed morning. Here is the problem with cutting time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start. You have to rush to make it out the door in time and any minor problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis because it could cause you to be late for work and the kids to be tardy at school. Remember, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it chasing down time and things, that is likely how you will spend the rest of your time.
Getting up early enough on the other hand puts you ahead of the game. You are in control. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on. In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day.
Restructure Your Routine
Before we wrap this up, spend a little time thinking about your current morning routine and where you are spending time. Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do. For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to meditate, look at what you could take care ahead of time, eliminate, or delegate to make that time. If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone, get in the habit of setting the breakfast table the night before. Get your spouse to get the coffee ready, so all you have to do in the morning is push a button. Teach the kids to make their own breakfast and take the dirty dishes to the sink, rinse them, and put them in the dish washer. Make sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours), and that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot and that there where they need to be before you turn in for the night. Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a significant difference. I challenge you to produce a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.
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