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I’ve always wanted a morning routine, but everywhere I looked seemed to have routines that felt busy and complicated.
Then I read this post from Erica about the 3 things she does each morning and I thought “wait, I could do 1-2 things in the morning” So I did, and maybe life didn’t change drastically, but it did change.
Morning routines don’t have to be complicated. I knew that I didn’t want to have a ‘to-do list’ routine before my actual to-do list for the day got started. I needed something simple that would leave me feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
What my 2-step morning routine looks like
Now, every morning my alarm clock goes off at 6:30. I’d love to get up at 6 to have a little more quiet time before Von gets up, but I need to work on my bedtime routine before I do that ;).
My alarm goes off and I head to the bathroom, where the clothes I picked out for the day are waiting for me. And the first part of my morning is to take a shower.
Ever since I became a mom, I have had this seemingly never-ending battle with taking showers. Do I or don’t I? Do I do it in the morning or not until 2 pm? There seemed to be no in between. But for me, I know that I feel better if I get up, get showered, and get dressed. Yeah, I’d love to work out in the morning, but maybe we’ll add that in once I’m used to getting up consistently.
I shower and get myself ready for the day. Step one, complete.
Then I head to my office and grab my journal.
Not my journal journal. I grab my Bible and my Write the Word journal and write out a couple of verses and what’s on my heart in the morning.
It’s simple. It’s quick. It’s a way to get God in my life right from the start and I love it. (See how the Write the Word journal changed my faith)
Once I’m finished with that, I can get a start on my day. Some mornings, Von is up by this point so our day together starts. Other mornings she sleeps a little longer and I get some writing or blog work in, depending on what’s happening that week.
Simplifying my morning routine has helped so much. I’m already happier when Von gets up, knowing I took a few minutes for myself to get ready and spend some quiet time with God.
Next, I’ll be simplifying my (our) bedtime routines, because I’m learning that sometimes the most successful mornings start the night before.