Sep
09
2013

How to Organize Your Life {#3: How to Create a Morning Routine}

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Morning Routine

Today’s post is the 3rd in our series “How to Organize your Life”! Last week I shared with you my belief that routines are a great way to help you and your family lead a more organized life and I started by sharing with you my family’s evening routine. Over the weekend I wrote a guest post at OrgJunkie┬áthat talked about the afterschool routine that my kids and I use to transition from arriving home to unpacking our backpacks, and coming up with our evening’s homework plan. And today I am going to focus on how to get your day started the right way- with tips on how to create a morning routine for both yourself and for your kids!

First You Have to Determine Your Timeline!

Timeline How to Organize Your Life {#3: How to Create a Morning Routine}

The most important thing about creating a morning routine is to understand the timing of all of the things that you need to achieve in order to get the kids out the door to meet the bus on time. So- get a piece of paper and draw timeline- ending with the time you need to leave your home, and work backwards in 15 minute increments. Now- start listing the activities that you need to accomplish working backwards…. get coats on, grab your backpack, brush teeth, comb hair, eat breakfast, prepare breakfast, get out of bed and get dressed. These are all things that the kids need to do every morning, and when I write them on my timeline- I can see that if I start the process by waking them up at 7:15am, that we can make it out the door by 8:15am without rushing.

It All Starts with You!

Morning Routine How to Organize Your Life {#3: How to Create a Morning Routine}

I think it’s important that I give myself time in the morning- before I ever have to wake up the first child- to do a few things that are important to me. I like to have the dishes unloaded from the dishwasher so that I’m ready to start preparing breakfast. I like to prepare a cup of tea that I can sip throughout the morning. I like to check in on my e-mail early in the morning too. I need to allow myself time to do all of these things, otherwise I end up trying to multitask while also getting the kids ready…. and trying to multitask in the morning when you are tired and the kids are sleepy too, just amps up the overall stress level in our home. I find it so much better if I can accomplish a few things that I would like to do first.

And I also like to try to push my timeline a little further back to give myself either 45 minutes in the morning to exercise, or to get my shower in before the kids get out of bed.

Creating a Checklist

Sometimes when you are trying to get your kids to create a new habit, it helps to post a checklist in a place where they can see it and learn the new steps from it. For younger kids, it can be a picture checklist showing them all the things that they need to do and the order in which they need to do them in order to leave for school on time.

Our Morning Routine in Action…

Check out this quick 3-minute YouTube video that talks about our family’s morning routine…

How About You?

How is your morning routine working for you this school year? I would love to hear about it! Please leave a comment below….

Sharons Signture How to Organize Your Life {#3: How to Create a Morning Routine}

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1 Melissa September 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I can’t tell if my routine is working. I don’t want to get up so early because i like to stay up late and that just means I’m extra tired. The oldest gets on the bus at 7:18am..so I get her up at 645am to get ready, eat breakfast. She’s in 5th grade, so she gets into her routine pretty easily. My plan was to get the Kindergartener up at 718 right when the older gets on the bus (I like to watch her get on the bus, although I don’t walk her to the stop anymore – its 4 houses away.). Turns out the little one gets herself up at 7am and puts on her robe and comes down on her own. This morning she even dressed herself (a little warmly in my opinion for 95 degrees, but it’ll be fine). Somewhere in there i turn on my laptop and check some email. Because of a regular morning meeting i have yet to figure out when to eat breakfast and shower before 10am…oh well :)
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2 Jessica September 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

I’ve figured out 3 different routines for workdays (from home) and office workdays, and days off (at home, but not lazying around!). I’ll let you know how it goes.
Thank you, Sharon!

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3 Sharon
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September 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

That’s awesome Jessica! I definitely want to hear how it works for you!

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4 Klaudia September 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm

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5 Jessica September 12, 2013 at 2:25 am

This is what my office-day routine looks like. It’s now stuck in the bathroom and kitchen.
So far it has worked very well, I feel so organised and in control. Also, I’m not late anymore :-)

OFFICE-DAY ROUTINE
TIME ACTIVITY
6.00 pee
take drops
put away dry dishes
get washed
kitties: food + litter
water plants
6.15 get dressed
open windows
tidy up bedroom
6.30 (breakfast + wash up)
review “to do” list
brush teeth
close windows
6.45 leave home
7.15 take underground
7.45 start work

I’ve found that by doing tasks in this way I’m a lot faster than usual, and I don’t need to get up so early. I could easily get ready in half an hour :-))
Thank you for your inspiration.

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6 cami November 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm

eliminating tv was the single best thing to improve our morning routine. although I didn’t think we could do it, myself included, none of us are distracted and i’m not screaming at the kids to get moving. I even make it to work on time. :)

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