5 Steps to a Strong Morning Routine for Working Moms
The morning routine for working moms literally sets up how the rest of your day will look and feel.
The morning routine for working moms is a lifesaver. Starting the day right has three main effects: how you feel throughout the rest of the day, how productive you are the rest of the day AND the way you interact with others. When you feel good, in return, your day is brighter and more in harmony.
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As a busy working mom, in particular, my morning routine is probably THE most important routine of them all.
Here is where I plan out the day’s meals, clean/ organize the house, hype myself up and so much more. I not only set up my day for success but that of my family as well. It will also determine what you have left to do in the evening when you get home from work. The more you set up early on, the less you have to do later on, when you get home exhausted and eager to just be with your kid(s).
Here are 5 super rewarding ways to kick start your day. When you incorporate all or some of these different tips, you will start to look forward to your day and not be overly stressed or burnt out. The less chaos we have, the more present we can be for our family and lives.
5 Steps for a Strong Morning Routine for Working Moms
#1. Organize downstairs (or your main area).
Having a clean and decluttered main area also has a way of clearing out negative thoughts and feelings. One of the first things that I do is clean up the living room and kitchen because it is where my family spends the most amount of time. This is something that I do on a daily basis (and yes, the kids will mess it up again) but it gives you a fresh start to your day.
You do not need to deep clean the area, but have it organized in a way that everyone can be productive. With a baby, this also includes refilling the baby caddy with diapers for the day. My kids stay home with dad so it’s a must! But even if you all go to work, refilling the caddy is super helpful for when you return and want to have diapers and wipe readily available (especially if you have two floors in your home).
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#2. Journal/ gratitude notebook
This practice literally changes my whole attitude. It is why I LOVE and recommend that you start the day with a little gratitude journal. Focus on your purpose and the abundance of love that you have around yourself. When you do that, it becomes a lot easier to NOT stress the small stuff but rather appreciate what it is teaching you.
Journaling is not something that you need to take a long time doing. Even if you take 2 minutes to do this or 15 minutes, it serves the same purpose. It is also a super satisfying and helpful way to incorporate some self-care and love to start your day.
You should also take the time to create or buy a journal that connects with your personality. It truly is the small things that make the difference long-term. You can add quotes or images that call to you on it.
#3. Read and/or listen to podcast
This is another self-care regime that is super helpful early in the morning (and honestly, in the evening before going to bed). However, you can fit this in whatever way works best for you. I like to do a mixture of self-development and just interesting books and podcasts.
I was never a big reader (oddly enough) so listening to podcasts became so huge for me. At first, I thought, when the heck will I have time to read or listen to a podcast? But quickly discovered that this is something you can add at various points in the day. Especially with listening to a podcast – you can do so while showering, driving to work or even cooking dinner. You can leave to work 10 minutes early so you can read in the car or read after the kids go to sleep.
Right now, I am into the book: How are you, really? By Jenna Kutcher.
Some of my favorite Momprenuer podcasts include:
- Her Life By Design by Christina Galbato
- Life on Her Terms by Sam
- Goal Digger by Jenna Kutcher
#4. Make/ take out breakfast
We HAVE to fuel that body! When we don’t fuel our body, we will simply lose energy (before we even have time to gain it). Make sure that you make yourself breakfast. You can easily bake some breakfast goodies that you can store away for the week. OR you can take time to make fresh breakfast for not only yourself but the family.
I am a big meal prepper EXCEPT for breakfast. That is one meal I enjoy making each day because it’s the one time of day that I am home with my kids. I get to make something that will not only help me survive the chaos of a working mom, but I get to help my son start his day off strong.
Come up with some breakfast ideas before the start of the week so that you don’t give up on making breakfast because you don’t know what to make.
Some ideas with recipe links:
- Toast, scrambled eggs, bacon
- Chocolate chip pancakes with fruits
- Sweet potato waffles (you can batch make these)
- Overnight oats
#5. Drink water & prepare your coffee
Not only do you need to make sure that you eat, but you also need to make sure you are staying hydrated. Starting off the day with a big glass of water goes a long way for your energy and health. If you are someone who forgets to do this, you can place your cup of water on your nightstand or in the bathroom. Think about which room you enter first in the morning and place it there.
Now, I also added that you should prepare your coffee. I am a big coffee drinker, so I needed to add this into here. But for you, that may be tea. Whatever drink you need to get you going, you do that!
Why the morning routine for working moms is so important.
I cannot reiterate this enough! Once you establish some key pieces to starting your day right, it will be helpful to write it out and establish it into your daily morning routine. That means that you should make a morning checklist and place it in your notebook or on the kitchen fridge. Once you start doing it, make sure you stay consistent. Once you do it for a few weeks, it will become a habit you cannot live without and truly makes all the difference in how your day feels.
Remember that with young kids, some of these may have to periodically shift, however set them up from the beginning as something you can do even if your little one is with you. Or at a consistent time that you know you will be free.