As a mom, they are right.
Growing up, I always used to wonder why and how my Mom woke up before me, no matter how late she went to bed.
Although I have always been a morning person, I now understand. Waking up early is all about preparing for the day. Preparing yourself and everyone else in the household too.
All of my productivity comes when I wake up early. Whether it’s enjoying my hot coffee, planning ahead for work, working out, washing laundry or prepping dinner. I am overall a happier person when I have those few minutes to myself AND I am productive.
I wanted to share a few tips to help others enjoy this time as well:
- Use a to-do list. Whether you are checking it off in the morning or at night before bed, this will get things done. We all like to imagine that things get completed as simple as the tap to clean filter on Instagram, but it’s not quite that simple. Crossing items off the list is probably the best feeling, even if you have to write a few down that you already did that day 🙂
- Create a routine. Before going to bed, create a routine that will not only help you fall asleep, but will also help your morning be more productive. I always like to do the loud things at night, so that everyone stays sleeping for as long as possible.
- NO SNOOZING. Do not set four alarms so that you can continue to snooze in the morning. Think of the amount of time you are wasting while laying there, maybe sleeping lightly for a few extra minutes. Set a time to wake up and stick to it. No hitting snooze, no laying around. Get up. I like to put my slippers and a comfy sweatshirt or robe at the end of the bed, so that I am not scared away by the chill of the winter morning. We all know that waking up in the Winter is so much more difficult.
- Enjoy every moment of quiet time. There is nothing like a peaceful morning. Taking some extra time to enjoy the moment has helped me become a better parent throughout the day. Little things that often fluster me have become avoidable and ignored. I have been able to enjoy that moment that my little one wakes up each day rather than dreading it because I didn’t get enough done.