The last time I wrote about my morning routine, it was during the summer and my kids were on summer break. Once they went back to school, I had to update it accordingly, and, now that I’m back on the weight loss wagon, I’ve had to update it again. Here’s what my updated morning routine looks like. Some things haven’t changed, while others have changed quite a bit.
5:00 am: Rise and Shine
During the school year, my youngest has to get up and in the shower by 6 am. When school first started this year, I was getting up at 6 with him. But, things have changed a bit since then. I saw my doctor for my 6 month check up last month and was disgusted with my weight. Since then, I’ve started getting up at 5 am so that I have an hour to myself. During this time, I enjoy my coffee, take the dogs out, catch up on some news, and update my Filofax as needed.
6:00 am: Mom on Duty
I get the kid up so he can get a shower, have breakfast, and get ready for school. He’s usually done by 6:30 and we sit back and watch Here Comes the Boom on the DVR. It’s what we do. We watch about 30 minutes a day so it takes us a few days to watch it in full. But, it’s our bonding time together and we look forward to it every day.
7:15 am: Let the Housework Begin
The kid is on the bus between 7:13 and 7:15 am each school day. When he’s gone, I get started with my housework. This tends to vary depending on my DVR. If I have a show that recorded the night before, I’ll watch it when the kid leaves before I get into my housework. My cleaning routine in the morning is as follows:
- Unload dishwasher from the night before & add breakfast dishes
- Start laundry
- Take out what we’re having for dinner, if we’re not having leftovers
- Wipe down kitchen counters
- Make the bed
8:00 am: Getting Physical
Once I’ve completed my cleaning routine, I usually have my breakfast and another cup of coffee. Then, it’s on to my workout. I’ve been doing Denise Austin’s Fat-Blasting Cardio Walking Workout for Beginners on YouTube, but I’ve since moved on to Denise Austin’s Kickboxing Cardio Burn Workout, also on YouTube. There’s no need to spend money on a gym membership or workout plan subscriptions when there are plenty available on YouTube for free.
9:00 am: Me Time
I’m just starting this part of my morning routine and it’s where I sit down with my book to read for about 15-20 minutes, update my Filofax, take a shower, and get ready for the day. I say this is new to my routine because it’s scheduled. I’ve always showered and gotten ready for the day, but it’s way more structured now. This time used to be a free-for-all in which I would get very little done.
10:00 am: Off to Work
I log on to work at 10 am every day and start handling email and other tasks. Each day brings about different things so it’s important that my Filofax is updated each day.
So, that’s my updated morning routine that’s been working very well for me. I’ve found that following this routine has “given” me more time in the morning to get everything done and still have time to sit down and enjoy myself before I start my work day.