I know a lot of you are working moms like me: either you work outside the home commuting every day or you work from home. Sometimes WITH your children in tow. So finding the time to do things and making our days productive and successful is always a challenge. But over the last few years, I discovered that if I did a few of the same things every single morning ( even on the weekends) my days went better and I had a more productive day. I polled a few of my productive mom friends and found that there were a few things these highly productive moms do every morning. No matter what.
5 Morning Habits of Highly Productive Moms
1.Wake up Early
The average American wakes up between 6:30 and 7:30 am. Imagine what you could do if you woke up just 30 minutes earlier? Listen. I know. I know the struggle! But adding even an extra 30 minutes to your day BEFORE your kids and the rest of the world gets up and you are thrust into the hustle and bustle of breakfast, answering emails, and getting to school on time can help YOU not only maintain your sanity, but give you a jump-start on your day. Most of you know I wake up almost everyday around 4 am. ( Yes, you read that right). Because even though I work from home, I found that if I didn't get started with my day BEFORE my family got up and it was time to go go go …I got nothing done and the rest of my day was a rush to catch up.
2.Meditate/pray/become one with the earth etc…..
The morning time is the perfect time to spend a little time visualizing your day and what you want to accomplish. Visualization and positive thinking before you start your day can have a great impact on your day.
Good health is a must. Most people who work out everyday, work out in the morning. And those endorphins last you right through your day! It doesn't have to be at the crack of dawn, but try to exercise in morning. Even if you walk 15 minutes on the treadmill, or do yoga, or do a you tube exercise video: exercise gets your blood flowing, and keeps you healthy. Plus, when you work out in the morning, you decrease the possibility that you will bail out after work or at the end of a long day chasing a toddler.
4. Make a List
I live by my lists! Early morning before your day actually gets started is the perfect time to map out how you want your day to go. Making a to do list is like making an outline of your day. Every week, I make a long list and then break it down into short lists. On Sunday night, I sit down and for about 15 minutes, write everything that comes to mind what I need to do that week. Then, every day, I pick 3 things I off of the list I want to accomplish that day. Those are my 3 MUST DO things. Sometimes I finish all three things and sometimes, I carry over a thing to the next day. But it keeps me motivated. There is nothing like crossing an item off of your to do list.
5. Eat the Frog
Have you read the book( affiliate link) Eat That Frog? The basic theory comes from a Mark Twain quote:
“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain.
Basically do the worst thing on your list. Do the thing that you dread the most FIRST and the rest of your day is a gravy. Most days, my frog is working out. Or cleaning the bathrooms. Or scheduling social media for my blog.
So if you want to try to improve your productively this year, try to develop one or all of these morning habits of highly productive moms. Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit, so don't be too hard on yourself the first week. Just try again the next day!
How are you improving your productivity this year?