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.
I was drowning.
I couldn’t breathe. The moments I finally thought I had surfaced and could catch my breath proved otherwise.
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.
This was my life. This is just what life looks like with four kids under eight.
It didn’t have to.
That is the lie I believed.
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. 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 made a huge difference in how my day went. 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 to Makeover Your Mornings
Let’s start your morning makeover so you can have a successful morning routine with these 8 things to do before 8 am.
1. Start the Laundry
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Plan Your Meals
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
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!
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 on the list of 8 things to do before 8 am?
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 Morning 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?