Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Establishing a Morning Routine

Lately, I've been thinking about the need to begin getting up earlier, which means going to bed earlier, to facilitate the transition from the lazy days of summer to the busy days of school, which are just a fleeting month away.

Then, a friend challenged me to implement one new habit this week, in which we would keep each other accountable. So, I started thinking about what one thing I wanted to work on -- and kept coming back to the idea of revamping my morning routine. Of course, a morning routine encompasses more than one new habit, so I wasn't sure if it were the best thing to select. I was pondering what my new habit should be on Sunday afternoon.

Then, Sunday night, our guest preacher had an interesting sermon, based on Isaiah 40:29-31:

"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth
strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men
shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint."

He had a very unique application of this verse, saying that as we actively wait upon God (clinging to Him like a spider clings to his web), God gives us strength to keep the lofty ideals that He inspires for our lives (mounting up with wings as eagles); He gives us strength to run during the challenging trials of life (running and not growing weary); and He gives us strength in the daily routines of life (walking and not fainting). He then shared a poignant story about a man whose family was forever changed as the result of a fatal car accident to illustrate how we take our daily routines for granted. Most of us would give anything to have those normal routines back after a crisis interrupts our lives. He then shared his own morning routine, which includes his personal hygiene, a time of Bible reading, prayer and waiting on the Lord, and a daily walk.

I felt like God used that sermon to confirm my desire to focus on re-establishing a solid morning routine, based on right priorities. So, this week I am working on creating and implementing a new morning routine. I will probably be tweaking it for awhile, but this is my foundation:

1. Rise early and dress for exercise. (Key is to get up when my alarm goes off!)

2. Make coffee.

3. While coffee brews, unload the dishwasher, and

4. Start a load of laundry.

5. Read Bible or Coffee Time with God. (I love this concept!)

6. Plan and pray over my day and my to-do list.

7. Quickly check email and online calendar.

8. Exercise (T-Tapp or walk).

9. Shower, dress, personal grooming.

10. Prepare and eat breakfast.

11. Clean up kitchen.

12. Complete morning chore list, while children complete their morning chore lists.

After our morning chores are completed, we will be ready to start our school day with its routines come mid-August. Before then, I plan to redistribute chores and create new chore lists all around. But, that will be the challenge for another week.

What about you? Are you happy with how your mornings are going? Do you feel like you are using your mornings wisely? Do you want to join me in establishing and tweaking your morning routine to be more productive and efficient? If so, please leave a comment or a link to your blog if you want to share what you are doing.


MOMSWEB said...

Oh my goodness! God bless you for even trying to have a routine, but with such a large family I'm sure it will help you LOTS. Life always gets in the way of my planned schedule.

kristilea said...

I have completely changed my morning routine as well. The biggest change is that I now have a routine! I get up early to wake my husband up for work and make his lunch, and see him off. I usually go back to bed after this. I have decided to stay up now that we have started school again. After he leaves, I now do a devotion or small reading of scripture and pray my little heart out. Then I start a load of laundry. Next, comes exercise to help me wake up and make sure I get it in for the day. Then I move the laundry to the dryer and start a second load. I clean up anything downstairs that was missed the day before and then start breakfast no later than 8:00am. I get the kids up, if they aren't already and feed them and then we all clean up the table and dishes. I put away the first load of laundry that is now done, and switch the 2nd load into the dryer and start the third in the washer. Up to the schoolroom by 9:00am.
Lunch by 12:00, clean dishes, but away 2nd load of laundry, put 3rd in dryer. Back to schoolroom for my preschoolers time with teacher/mommy while older kids occupy toddler. Blogg for a while, any other computer needs, then put away third load of laundry and pick up house before daddy comes home.
Supper by 6:30pm at the latest, clean up kitchen, family time, bed by 9:00 so I can read for a while and sleep so I can do it all over again the next day!!!!

Vivianna said...

We will be starting our homeschool year the first week of September here in upstate New York, actually I'm only about 10 min. from the NJ border, but it's still considered upstate NY, go figure...

Anyway I have been struggling with my morning routine as well.

Would you be able to share what time you actually wake up in the morning? I may use your schedule until I can tweak it to suit our needs. You may leave a comment on my blog, Blossoming Where I am Planted (www.blossomingwhereiamplanted.blogspot.com) or e-mail me at ourthreesons86@yahoo.com

Thanks for sharing.

mommyx12 said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I needed to hear it. I have such a hard time getting going in the morning and it seems I am forever setting goals to get my act together earlier in the day and I constantly fail. Just NOT a morning person. Right now I set my alarm for 5am to take my daily basal body temperature but I always fall back off to sleep. But it's like getting up in the middle of the night!!!

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