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My Morning Routine
One thing we all have in common is that every day is a new chance to do the things that we are committed to doing. Here I want to give you a peek into my morning routine that keeps me motivated and moving forward on my life goals.
There is big power in a simple routine that is followed constantly. It will bring growth, establish self-discipline, and bring much peace to your days. I can almost guarantee that all successful people live by routines.
Waking up at 3:30 am every. single. morning. has been the answer for me. I first decided to wake up this early because I needed time in the morning to do some very important things without being interrupted by those I share life with.
For so many years I was frustrated with how to fit in my prayer time, Bible study, planning, and exercise. These things were very easy to put off until ‘tomorrow’ because I had so many other tasks that had to get done. Those daily ‘wife’ and ‘mother’ duties took precedence over anything else I might want to do.
There was laundry, cleaning, appointments, sports practices and games, cooking, family time, chauffering, and ministry obligations.
It’s unbelievable that I have been a mom for 31 years, and it took me 20 of those years to finally figure out that waking up earlier and getting up before anyone else in my home was the answer. This simple adjustment was the key to finally being able to complete those things that are so important to my peace, joy, personal growth, and health.
So now that I have figured that out, I am able to fulfill and be committed to my morning routine and easily stick to it every day.
Prayer & Gratitude
I begin my morning with prayer and a grateful heart. This is time spent speaking, listening, and resting in God’s presence. I journal, list the things I am grateful for, and study the Bible. This is an important part of my morning routine and it is always the way I begin each day.
(Read my post on why my day begins with prayer here.)
Next, I change into workout clothes and head to the elliptical. I do this for about 20 – 25 minutes while reading or listening to an audiobook or podcast. I finish with 5 minutes of target exercises. When the days are longer and the temperature is a bit warmer I will be heading outside to exercise.
Shower & Get Dressed
I then shower, get dressed for my day, apply makeup and do my hair.
Review My Plan
This just takes me a few minutes. I look over my planner and daily tasks and adjust the list if needed. I look and pray over the things I have scheduled, calls I have to make, tasks I need to complete, classes, work, and what I have planned for supper. This step helps to prepare my mind ahead of time and gives me a quick reminder of what my day should look like.
With my morning routine finished, I am armed with God’s grace and more able to focus on the family who is now waking up and on the next task at hand.
Make changes as your seasons of life change
My morning routine has evolved and changed many times throughout the last 20 years. Early morning feedings, diaper changes, or an illness in one of the children temporarily called for changes. But, this is the routine I have quickly returned to.
Right now I babysit, and those 2 boys arrive between 6 and 6:30 four mornings a week. So, my routine begins at the perfect time for me to be ready for them when they arrive.
Establish Your Goals & Be Consistent
Keeping a routine has also helped me evolve in other routines that I have needed to put into place for ongoing study, education, ministry, and goals I want to achieve.
Beginning a morning routine, and really sticking to it is the hardest part. But once committed, and just taking it day by day, you can absolutely make it a habit that will begin to become just part of your everyday life.
Routines are powerful!
Start today. Write down your goals, determine which habits you want to establish, and commit to a time to begin.
By doing this you will bring peace, power & growth to your days, develop good habits, and ultimately improve your life.