Simplify your life by skipping the time wasters. Try these 8 things to do before 8 am to make your day run smooth and less stress-filled.
Before kids, I had an idea in my mind about what life would look like. I would fix breakfast every morning. There would always be clean clothes. My kids would be polite and perfect. We would have a simple morning routine and everything would be peachy.
You see where I’m going with that.
Instead, I was drowning.
I couldn’t breathe. Life was overwhelming. Our mornings were anything but simple. Cereal was the go-to breakfast food, and I rarely sat down to eat.
I knew that I couldn’t keep up what I was doing, but at the same time, I didn’t know how to put an end to the vicious cycle.
How do you stop the cycle of overwhelm?
I told myself that this was my life now. This is just what life looks like with four kids under eight.
Hindsight is 20/20. It didn’t have to be that way. We could have a simple morning routine. I didn’t have to be frazzled all the time and putting our fires 24-7 until I collapsed in the bed.
That is the lie I believed.
But how do you create a simple morning routine and makeover your mornings when it’s in a downward spiral?
It was going to take a HUGE shift in my way of thinking. I was going to have to train myself to go to bed earlier. This night owl was going to have to make over her mornings.
A plan was needed. I needed to, first things first, (affiliate link) I needed a morning makeover. Our simple morning routine needed to start with simple morning lists that were actually followed.
It took a couple of weeks but I realized that there were several things that I needed to get done every morning before the kids got up in order for a less chaotic day.
These 8 things to do before 8 am coupled with these ten things before 10 PM have made a huge difference in how my day goes.
I’m not going to say every day is perfect, but there was a lot less crazy. Even with four kids and working from home.
8 Things to Do Before 8 am for a Better Morning Routine
Here is a simple morning routine of 8 things you can do before 8 am to start your morning off right. With this morning makeover, you can establish a successful simple morning routine and get these 8 things to do before 8 am done.
1. Start the Laundry
Every simple morning routine should start with laundry. It’s a huge topic of conversation. There are laundry chairs, laundry treadmills, laundry gets left in the washer for days.
It doesn’t end there, though. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to rewash loads of clothes multiple times. Right now though I’m washing a load of laundry but forgot to actually add the clothes. Oops!
Have a plan on when you will put it in the dryer.
For me, it’s washing a load after the kids are dressed for the day and putting it in the dryer when the littlest goes down for her nap or when she wakes up since the laundry room is on the second floor.
2. Drink WATER
On my list of first things first in the morning, water is a must. Water should be the first thing you drink in the morning, then you can drink your much-needed cup of coffee.
Don’t like plain water? That’s okay. Infused water tastes great and helps you get in your daily water needs.
3. Empty the Dishwasher
It’s like a clean slate. When the dishwasher is empty, as dishes get dirty you can bypass the sink and put them straight in the dishwasher. That leaves you with a clean sink.
I don’t know about you, but a clean sink helps my sanity on hard times. This is a huge one if a sink full of dishes makes your anxiety level go up.
Definitely add it to your list of 8 things to do before 8 am simple morning routine.
4. Read your Bible
In some seasons this can seem daunting. So impossible that we make excuse after excuse on why we can’t sit down long enough to read and meditate on God’s Word. Let us not give up.
Write down Scripture verses and post them throughout your house. Read one Proverb a day until it becomes a habit and you crave that time delving into the Word. It’s not impossible.
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5. Plan Your Meals
Do you like to meal plan? I don’t. That’s how I knew I needed to add this to my simple morning routine.
Know what you are having for dinner.
Make a simple list of meals your family loves to eat. Meal planning is so important in sticking to your budget and maintaining a lower stress level at home.
When you know what you’re having for dinner in the morning, you can prep the ingredients early in the day and won’t be standing in front of the pantry and fridge while your children are tugging on your pants legs begging for food.
6. Get Dressed
Did you know that getting dressed is an important part a simple morning routine?
This sounds silly, I know. It’s amazing the difference in the flow of the day when I am dressed and ready to tackle the day when the kids wake up and the days when the opposite is true.
Is your closet overwhelming? There is a solution. First things first, streamline your wardrobe.
It’s amazing the difference it makes when you’re ready to tackle the day.
7. Brain Dump
This will help in your morning makeover. Make two columns on a piece of paper. On one side write down what you are thankful for. On the other write down all the things weighing on you.
Your to-do list, everything that you know you need to get done, future events, things that you want to do, every thought that comes to mind, write it down.
You don’t have to write it in any kind of order, just write down everything. It’s amazing how much brain capacity we take up just trying to remember everything. Once it’s written down, you can visualize what needs to happen and make your to-do list.
8. Simple Morning Lists
Make a simple morning list of things you need to get done. After you write it down, prioritize those items.
What absolutely has to happen?
What could be done tomorrow if life happens and disrupts your list?
Pick three things. If you get to more, awesome! If not, no worries. There is always tomorrow.
Notice What Is NOT On The List
Did you notice what wasn’t part of this simple morning routine?
Checking social media. Checking email. Catching up on the daily gossip. While tempting, those are total time wasters.
If you want to streamline your day and get more accomplished, skip those and start with the non-negotiables.
Your Simple Morning Routine Makeover
Do you need a morning makeover? What is your morning routine to start the day out right?
Do you follow my list of 8 things to do before 8 am during your morning routine, or do you have a totally different plan each morning?
Do you try to do these 10 things before 10 PM to improve your productivity?
Consider making your simple morning lists the night before so you know exactly what you need to tackle when you wake up in the morning.