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Keeping a house clean, the kids fed, the pets alive, and your sanity intact is no easy job. As a matter of fact, sometimes it feels like I’m literally drowning under the weight of it all. And the further I sink, the harder it gets.
If you’re like me and easily find yourself struggling to keep your head above water, then you need a Morning To Do List that will help you succeed, not weigh you down even more.
My Morning Routine is the best tool I’ve found for keeping my home running and in some kind of order, regardless of how hectic and not-together the rest of life may be. It may take me the entire day to get my Morning Routine finished, but the day feels like a success even if that’s the only thing I accomplish.
How to Make a Morning Routine:
Now, I am NOT going to tell you to write down “just three things” to do every day. Most people recommend that as a starting point for making a morning routine, but more than three tasks are absolutely essential to my mornings, and maybe it’s the same for you.
Lets follow these steps…
1. Write down what you must do every morning. Not what you want to do, but what you must do, even on the days you’re running late. For me, the essentials are having a quiet time, packing lunches, taking kids to school, and getting myself showered and put together.
2. My one exception to the “must do” rule is having a quiet time for Bible-reading and prayer. I might have to forgo that one on an I-overslept-and-now-I’m-gonna-be-late day, but it is still essential. Be sure it makes the cut.
3. Write down anything that you feel is necessary to your sense of peace, even if life can go on if it doesn’t get done. Ask yourself if there is any task you do everyday and feel undone if you can’t get to it. On my list, this important non-essential is making the bed. I have a hard time doing anything else if my bed isn’t made. Because I’m weird.
4. Go through a morning and see if there are any tasks that can be cut from your list or that need added to it. Be on the lookout for necessary things that tend to fall through the cracks, and don’t be afraid to cut out anything that isn’t absolutely essential for your morning.
And there you have it! It’s your new Morning To Do List.
Write or type it out and do it every single morning. I truly believe that making (and following) a morning routine is one of the best things we can do to bring a chaotic home to order.
You can (and likely should) add to your list once you begin to feel comfortable doing the essentials. But add slowly, and only after you feel confident that you can keep up the daily pace.
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Just be careful that you don’t look at my Morning To Do List and think that your list doesn’t measure up. Let me assure you that I rarely complete every item from my list every single day. Like “exercise.” I almost never get to that one. I leave it on there to give me hope that someday I’ll finally be able to check it off!
So, print off a copy of my To Do List or grab a piece of paper and jot down the things you’re going to accomplish tomorrow morning. What have you got to lose?