My mom used to always refer to me as her “morning child.” I would always bound out of bed early in the morning and proclaim, “I wake up when the sun wakes up!” To this day, my body feels it’s best when I start my day off early and productive. Early morning hours are sacred to me for getting some much-needed me time in before all the kiddos wake up and the daily chaos begins. So, what better way to start off your day than with a handy little morning checklist?
These are the things I try to do before the kids wake up that set me up for a centered, relaxed, and productive day. I left one space blank for you to fill in whatever you like.
Don’t you just love checklists? There’s something so satisfying about checking things off… especially first thing in the morning. It makes me feel accomplished and organized. My husband laughs at all the checklists I have around the house but I swear if they didn’t exist, nothing would get done. For weeks I’ve tried to squeeze everything in, but always seem to forget something and it’s hard to make extra time after the hustle and bustle starts. So, I made this pretty little checklist and it’s made my mornings go so much smoother.
Overall, the list is really short and you can do it all in about an hour. Personally, I feel like when I start my day off this way, I have more energy and am more focused for the day ahead. The time I spend in the morning saves me even more time into the late afternoon.
Here’s the way I break it down:
6:00: I keep a water bottle next to my bed and start chugging it as soon as my alarm goes off and even before my feet hit the ground. The water gives me the extra boost, wakes me up, and re-hydrates me after a full night’s sleep.
6:05: I stumble to the bathroom and brush my teeth and wash my face. By the time I’m done, I’m much more coherent and awake.
6:15: Time to start yoga. I used to attempt hardcore yoga sessions first thing in the morning. Honestly, my body just isn’t working that well yet and I’m better off stretching, breathing, and using a more restorative morning routine like this one I found on YouTube.
6:35: Meditate for fifteen minutes. By this time I’m feeling great, am wide awake, but the house is still quiet. I take 10-15 minutes to meditate and am more patient for the rest of the day.
6:50: I quickly re-write my goals (do this every day!) and review my planner. I add little things to my to-do list and take a second to organize my day. By this time in the morning the kids are wandering into the kitchen and will bounce around in there like a roomba until I give them breakfast.
7:00: Breakfast. I try my best to give the kids real food each morning, but often cereal wins. My toddler still asks for cottage cheese and fruit in the morning and I always make myself the usual: 5 egg whites with spinach and Parmesan cheese.
From here the daily chaos begins. We pack lunches, fight over what they should wear to school, forget backpacks, etc. You know the drill….
On mornings when I take just an hour to start my day off on the right foot, I have noticeably more energy, feel more centered and focused, am more patient with the kids, and often even get them to school earlier as a result. Try this little printable out and feel free to tweak it to fit your day.
Get the Morning Checklist here.