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I’ve never really considered myself a morning person and in fact, used to sleep in right up until it was time to get the kids ready for school. Which meant I wasn’t fully awake and alert during the morning rush hour. I was disorganized and instead of a yummy breakfast that fueled them up for the day, it was the same thing all the time. I woke up not really knowing what all I needed to do, what the day held for me and what some of my most important tasks that needed to be done were.
But now I sit here at 4:30 in the morning with a cup of hot coffee, a to-do list ready to go, a clean kitchen and a mind at ease. For me personally, getting up an hour or so before the kids and following a morning routine, sets the mood for the entire day. I’m more effective when it comes to work and when the kids’ alarms go off, they wake up to a mom who’s ready to greet them and help them start their day.
There are five things I do every morning to make sure I have an amazing day.
1. When the alarm goes off, I tell myself today is going to be a great day and this day leads me closer to my goals.
My amazing morning starts before my feet even hit the floor. This is something I have really been working on and honestly, it’s been a little difficult. Like I said, I’m not a morning person and my first reaction to the alarm going off is a groan. I finally decided this was not how I wanted to start off my day, so I’ve started saying this in my head as soon as the alarm goes off “Today is going to be a great day and this day leads me closer to my goals.” Just that little switch has helped change my attitude about getting out from under those warm covers and starting a brand new day.
2. As soon as I walk down the stairs, I make myself a cup of coffee.
There is something so calming to me about a cup of hot coffee and a quiet house. I pop in a McCafé pod and watch the coffee flow into my cup. I’m probably standing there with a grin on my face because that’s how happy my morning cup of joe makes me. It’s the little things right? I love using the McCafé pod because they’re fast and help make my morning routine more efficient. I’ve also learned that a quality cup of coffee is important to me and McCafé coffee (you can purchase it at Walmart), is made with 100% Arabica beans. I know I’m getting a quality cup of coffee and that’s a great way to start off my day.
3. I sit down and go over my to-do list and calendar.
I can’t tell you the value of a to-do list and my calendar. There is something very satisfying about checking things off, looking at my filled out calendar and knowing exactly what my day/week looks like. I tried to transition to all digital, but it just didn’t work for me. I like a pretty notebook where I can physically write things down. I use my phone calendar for when I’m out and about and need to schedule something, like an ortho appointment for my son.
4. I tidy up the kitchen.
I go to bed most nights with a clean kitchen. I love waking up in the morning to clean counters, a clean sink and a dishwasher full of clean dishes. There are times this doesn’t happen and the kitchen requires a little tidying up in the morning. Making sure the sink is empty and the counters are cleared of clutter helps set my day on the right foot. To me, a clean kitchen means a clear mind.
5. I pack lunches for the kids and make sure my youngest has his lunch, papers and snack ready to go in his backpack.
I usually have the lunches packed and ready to go before everyone is awake. With that done and me out of the kitchen, it frees it up for everyone else to make their breakfast. While they’re eating their breakfast, I’m finishing up with emails, eating my own breakfast and chatting with the kids and my husband. It’s a little thing, but it makes a big difference in my morning routine….and everyone else’s.
Be sure to try McCafé for a delicious cup of coffee in the morning. It also makes a wonderful pick me up coffee for the afternoons, which I’ve been known to need on occasion. There will be McCafé demos at Walmart locations nationwide from 12/18 through 12/21, so pop into your local Walmart when you get a chance. These demos are fun and give you a chance to experience the product.
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How do you start off your day to make sure it’s amazing? I would love to hear how you make the morning rush hour go smoothly.