Are you a morning person? Or are you best buddies with the snooze button? As a gigging musician, I often have nights where I get home really late. But as a homeschooling mum, I know that getting up early helps me to be more productive. And now, as a blogger, productivity and efficiency are like the gold dust in my pretty crammed schedule!
So in order to get some much need efficiency into my schedule, I’ve decided to take a 2-week course by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom.com. The course is called ‘Make Over Your Mornings‘ and I desperately need to get radical on my morning routine!
Why do I need to make over my morning?
I was never initially a ‘routines’ person. Before kids, I preferred to do what I felt like, when I felt like it. Now, however, with kids, routines really help me to feel like my days are intentional and my weeks don’t just drift by in chaos (and often tears!).
And this is even more crucial now that I’ve started a blog and am working towards my next album.
I’ve found, that, after I come back from a gig I’m pretty wired from all the adrenaline (depending on the gig!) and I don’t get to sleep straight away. So instead of waking up at 5am like I use to, I’ve been waking up at 8am. That’s a MAJOR lie in for this mama!!
If I wake up at 8am, my kids are already up and generally playing with Duplos in their room with the baby (who’s 18 months).
Morning quiet time? I wish!! It’s straight into the thick of parenthood as soon as I open my eyes. Nappy changes, breakfast, ‘where’s your shirt?’, ‘have you brushed your teeth yet?’ and so forth.
No time for myself to just breathe and enjoy a moments peace or get a bit of work in. And I feel behind before I’ve even looked at my bulging To Do list.
That needs to end here.
I’m not a newbie
I’ve actually done this course before just over a year ago. And I loved it! It really helped me when I was in the trenches with a newborn. But now that I’ve started a blog, I feel like I’ve just been putting out fires everywhere and things are really slipping. So I’m going through the course again.
And I’m purposely going to be really strict with myself. If my alarm goes off, I’ve got to get out of bed. Even if that means that I feel jet lagged and need to have five espressos before lunch!
I’ve learned through studying habits, that you create habits faster if you don’t give yourself an ‘out’. Having a ‘no exceptions‘ attitude to your habit really helps it form a lot quicker. And from there, it’ll be automatic. That’s where I want to get to. An automatic morning routine.
If you’ve been feeling like your days could use some extra productivity, why not try making over your mornings too!
I’ll be updating my progress on Facebook every day (gulp!!) and I could definitely use the accountability. So follow me there if you can! And if you plan on making over your mornings, leave a comment or send me message and let me know how I can encourage you through the 14-day course.
I’ll also write a review post on how I did in two weeks time when I finish this course, so look out for that one too!
Do you have a morning routine to your day? Do your mornings flow in an automatic breezy way? Or are you putting out fires as soon as you get up?