Is it even possible for a mompreneur to have a successful morning routine?
“I’m just not a morning person.”
“I could never wake up that early.”
“I need as much sleep as I can possibly get.”
These are the sorts of things I hear from people when they find out I am up between 430am and 630am nearly every morning. They are also the sorts of things I said to my coach who introduced me to the world of morning routines before I jumped on the bandwagon. And my 180 on early mornings and the results I’ve seen from others in my community who finally have the time for focused work, self-care or just a little quiet alone time are exactly why we are talking “Tips for a Successful Morning Routine” on this week’s episode.
Look, I know early mornings aren’t for everyone. But just like anything else in your business or mom life from Facebook Groups to chore charts, how will you know if it will work if you won’t try it? I feel like sometimes we are more comfortable complaining that we don’t have the time we need to write a blog post in quiet or take a shower without heads peeking in rather than make a simple shift that can allow us to create the time we need. That is exactly what I did.
My first business coach was a huge fan of morning routines. and as she would listen to me complain week in and week out about not having the time to build my business and spend time on myself, she would gently suggest it was time to set the alarm clock a little earlier. Eventually, I relented. If only to prove her wrong. There was no way this night owl, mom of toddlers was ever going to be able to wake up any earlier than absolutely necessary to get my kids wrangled and out the door to preschool before I started my day of appointments. I agreed to wake a half-hour earlier until our next meeting in a month.
Within a week I was hooked. By the time our appointment rolled around, I was waking an hour earlier. I had found the magical time I didn’t think was possible. And I want to help you find it too.
Why Start a Morning Routine
How would it feel for you to start your day, your way? Instead of leading with hustling, bustling, and feeling behind…You could start with feeling accomplished. Nurtured. Awake. Fulfilled. And don’t you think everything that comes after that kind of morning is just going to be better?
A successful morning routine is a combination of setting your alarm along with having a plan for how you’ll spend your time. And of course, putting the phone down, shutting down Netflix while getting your booty to bed a little earlier.
A morning routine gives you dedicated time when the world is quiet to focus. To breathe. To enjoy the silence before the chaos. Rather than trying to focus on creating social media content or workout with one child yelling in the other room and the other strapped to your left leg.
And as I said in the intro, I get that you don’t think you’re a morning person. But how about this quote from Amy Landino’s book “Good Morning, Good Life”…
“I’m not a morning person; I’m a life person.”Amy Landino, Good Morning, Good Life
Do you want to be a life person? Do you want to have time for what you enjoy? To build the business of your dreams? To take the course your bought or start the day with a clear sink? Creating a morning routine that allows you to fulfill your desires can make you a life person, even if you’re not a morning person at your core.
As you dive into your morning routine, you’ll notice the rest of your day feels less stressful. You’re accomplishing more around your house or in your business because of the focused time you’re spending first thing in the day. You’ll actually have time for some stress-relieving activities like working out, reading a book, or taking a shower and getting yourself ready without feeling rushed. In time, you will notice that you now control your daily schedule rather than your schedule controlling you.
Creating a morning routine also helps set the tone for the entire day. You can start feeling accomplished and fulfilled rather than frazzled, stressed, or stuck in an endless loop of being behind.
And picture a school morning where you’ve woken up and worked out, scheduled some social media posts, and/or finished folding the laundry BEFORE the kids wake. Now you can focus on making sure they have what they need for their school day and, dare I say it, sit down to drink your coffee with them while they eat breakfast because you are feeling like you’ve already crossed items off your to-do list before they even work up. Can you see it?
Steps to Creating a Successful Morning Routine
You deserve to start your day your way. You are worthy of time to focus on your needs. And finding that time can be easier than you think…if you can just get past the little alarm clock part. I’ve got 5 steps that I share with my community when they are looking to create or reinvest in a morning routine.
- Know Your Why…as with so many parts a pieces of your business or lives in general, knowing WHY you are trying a new habit or the benefit it will have when you stick with it goes a long way to ensure your success. Why is waking up earlier important for you as a mom? As a business owner? As a household manager? How can making this shift improve the quality of life for you? Your family? Or your clients?
- Get to Bed…Once you are super clear on why you want this time in the morning, you got to get to bed. And I realize everyone’s bed situation is different based on your kids’ ages, your sleeping situation, even the size of your house. But even if you aren’t waking up at the crack of dawn, preparing your body to sleep and fall asleep faster is an important skill for mompreneurs. Way back on Episode 13 of the podcast, I talked about 6 Ways to Get to Bed Earlier to Wake Up Earlier that covers everything from bedtime alarms to shutting down screens to creating a bedtime routine you actually look forward to. (You can check out 6 Ways to Get to Bed Earlier to Wake Up Earlier here) But the big takeaway is that you need to do whatever it takes to get yourself to bed earlier if you want to successfully wake up earlier.
- Set Your Alarm Earlier…And now that you’re getting yourself to sleep earlier, it is time to wake up earlier. I highly recommend starting slow. Set your alarm 15-30 minutes earlier to start. Even 10 minutes is better than nothing…especially if you have a purpose for you time (which we will talk about in our next step). Also, think about your alarm style. If a blaring beep isn’t doing it for you, try waking to music. Or using an alarm clock that uses light versus sound. I recently switched over to a clock like this and I have to say waking to light and chirping birds is much more pleasant than uh-uh-uh.
- Plan What to Do…And once you’re up and raring to go, it’s best to have a plan for your sacred time. Think about what you’d like to do the night before. Or create a morning ritual. Think about the tasks or activities you consider important but that feel like you don’t have time for or can’t devote the time you need to. I like to suggest something for yourself, something for your home, and something for your work if you have time. For instance, you jump on the treadmill for 15 minutes, start a load of laundry, and review your priority tasks for the day. Self, home, business…check, check, check. And all of that could be done in around 30-45 minutes.
- Plan for Failure…And my final step in creating a successful morning routine is to plan to fail. Because it is going to happen. Vacation. The holidays. A sick kid. A sick you. And perhaps you just need a bit more sleep one day which turns into a week of snoozing. It can happen. And it’s ok. What’s important is to reflect on how you got off track and reinvest in why it was you wanted to start your morning routine in the first place. Then continue with what was working for you and take this chance to drop anything that wasn’t. Remember “if a plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal.” If the goal is to wake up earlier to have more time for you or focused work or maintaining your home, but you can’t wake up early when you got to bed at 1130pm every time, perhaps the plan needs a zhuzh. You can use a stopping strategy to help preplan for any backsliding you encounter. Fill in the blank…If I __________, I will _________. If I hit turn off my alarm 2 days in a row, I will contact a friend to text me to make sure I’m up on the third day.Or if I find myself going to bed later which makes it harder to wake up early, I will create time in the middle of my day to watch my favorite show rather than staying up too late. Think about how you can get back on the horse if you happen to fall off.
And there you have my 5 steps to help you, yes you, even the most non-morning person, create a successful morning routine. Know why it is you want or need to wake up earlier. Create a plan to get yourself to bed earlier. Start setting your alarm a little earlier. Have a plan for how your will spend your new found time nurturing yourself, focusing on your business, or maintaining your household. And finally, know that it is ok if you get off track. Life happens. And mom life happens even more. But deciding now how you will reinvest will help you get back on track quicker and easier.
And if you’re looking for help in creating your successful morning routine or just managing your time in general, I’ve got several different ways to help you make the most of the time you have, focus on the priority tasks that will grow your business AND help you spend more time with your family. Whether you need to create a prioritized workflow or a thorough evaluation of your time and goals with accountability to keep you on track, I’m here to help. Let’s jump on a free, no-obligation call to see how I can help you overcome your overwhelm to live your most fun and fulfilled life as a mom and business owner. Click the link below to book your free call today.
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