I have a confession. I am not a morning person. I never have been, and I probably never will be. If I had my way, I’d stay up until midnight and sleep until 10:00 in the morning every day. But, with a family to take care of, chores to do, and a kid who is always up before 8:00, I’ve done my best to adapt.
Because I’m not a morning person, it takes a lot of effort for me to get up and get going every day. Since becoming a mom, I’ve learned that there are five ways to ruin my day before it even starts. They are…
- Sleep in until your kids wake up. Every morning, when I wake up and stumble out of bed, I am a crabby, groggy mess. I need at least thirty minutes of alone time before I can talk to anybody. And If I don’t get that time to myself, I am irritable all day long. So, every morning as I lay in bed thinking “Maybe I should just sleep in just this once” I remind myself how awful my day will be if I do. Then I roll out of bed and head straight for the coffee pot.
- Don’t get dressed. At least once a week I am tempted to call ‘pajama day’ and spend the day at home in my pajamas. And while I always imagine it would be nice to skip getting dressed… that feeling fades away quickly. For me, getting dressed is a signal that it is time to start my day. The simple act of putting on pants and a shirt tells my body that it’s time to get moving. After all, pajamas are made for lounging, right?
- Go to bed with a messy kitchen. This is really one of the worst ways to start the day. Already feeling groggy, and a bit crabby, and having to spend the morning cleaning up yesterday’s mess. That is why I always take five minutes to clean up the kitchen at night, making sure to clear the counters and empty the sink. That way I start the morning off fresh. It’s a whole new day, after all.
- Don’t have a game plan for the day. Every night, before I got to bed, I make a quick list of all the things I need to do the next day. (If I don’t have a to-do list, nothing gets done.) This helps me stay focused, and helps make sure that I’m doing all the things I need to do for the day. This is especially important during summer, when The Goose and I spend lots of one on one time together and I have to alternate between playing with him and getting things done around the house. Having a plan for every day helps make sure we make the most of our days.
- Skip breakfast. I know, I know. You’ve all heard it before. But breakfast really is important. Personally, I wake up with my stomach growling every morning. And, since I have to wait thirty, torturous minutes before I can eat breakfast (my thyroid medicine needs to be taken on an empty stomach), I can’t imagine how awful my morning would be if I were to skip breakfast – and I’m pretty sure I don’t want to find out.