I hate mornings. I won’t even lie about it. I can get up and be chipper with the best of them, but it doesn’t mean I have to want to get up. I definitely still feel like crawling back in bed right now, and it’s 2pm. The nights are late when you’re trying to run an empire! I remind myself that these days are fleeting. Soon I’ll be the master of my sleep schedule. Of course, I’ll have to get past baby #2s infant phase and by then maybe I’ll want #3. I’m a glutton for punishment. What can I say? In the meantime, I’ll live by these 16 tips for busy moms.
Set your baby monitor to a higher volume. If you still have a small one, you’ll definitely be jolted out of bed by their screams. If they’re older, you’ll want to put your alarm clock across the room or better yet teach them to fix their own breakfast!
Get breakfast set up the night before. This may mean setting the table, or it may be preparing your overnight oats. Whatever it is that you do for breakfast, you’ll want to set yourself up for success the night before.
Get the kids ready the night before. Lay out their clothes. Pack those lunches. Seriously, if it can be done the night before then it’s time to just do it. You’ll have more energy for it, and you won’t be rushing around.
Set out your clothes for the next day. If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander. You’ll appreciate not having to think about it in the morning to boot.
Tidy up before bed. I’m talking about putting the toys that are cluttering your living room away and doing those dishes. You’ll feel better in the morning to not wake up overwhelmed by stuff to do.
Make that to-do list the night before. This one is HUGE for me. I like knowing what I’ve got on my plate for the day before it starts, and I notice that I’m able to get more of it done. Today, I scheduled my car service first thing, because I knew it was on the list.
Turn off the electronics before bed. While you’re at it turn your phone over so you won’t see the blue light flashing in the middle of the night. I put mine on DND. I can still get important phone calls from family, but I’m not inundated by texts, emails, and phone calls.
Follow the same morning and night time routines. This will prep your body for knowing what time it is and what it should expect from you.
Go to bed earlier. Seriously! This one is so difficult when you’re in the middle of that really great book, but it’s important for you to be well rested.
Stick with routines even on weekends. This will make that M-F less of a slump.
Reward yourself for getting up. Enjoy that cup of highly flavored coffee that you love.
Find a song that gets you moving. Play it every morning.
Let in some sunlight. This is HUGE. You’ll definitely wake up letting the sun in, and you’ll get that much needed vitamin D coming in your house.
Shower the night before and wash that hair. I usually do this during naptime personally, but it’s good to do it at a time that isn’t first thing in the morning. My thick hair takes forever to dry, but I know it’s better to let it air dry. It’s less damaged and easier to manage.
Drink a glass of water. It’s best to do this even before you have your coffee. Wake up your body
Eat something you love as your daily breakfast. Isn’t it easier to get up when you really have something to look forward to?