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My New Morning Routine (er, at least, the PLANNED routine!)

My Planned Morning Routine

Whew! It’s been a busy morning! We had soccer camp for Silas, swimming lessons for Kathrynne, and Kaitlynn had to get a tooth pulled at the dentist (poor girl!).

I promised you that I’d post my planned new morning routine for June this morning. And well, it’s not morning still, but I figured you all would understand that life just happens like that sometimes!

In between the busyness of the morning, Jesse and I had a chance to talk about our morning routine, though, and here’s what we came up with:

My Planned Morning Routine

5:30 a.m. — Up, read Bible, pray

6:00 a.m. — Run, shower, dress (start laundry)

7:15 a.m. — Breakfast, Family Bible Time, read 1-2 chapters aloud to kids

8:00 a.m. — Morning Cleaning Time — make bed, straighten room, switch laundry, help clean up kitchen, load dishwasher

8:30 a.m. — Computer Time

In an effort to be consistent and follow through with this plan, I’m going to be brave and post an update around noon each week day for the next week (and possibly longer if I’m still struggling with the routine after the first week!) to let you know how my morning routine went that day. I’d love to have you join me and let us know how you’re doing, too!

Today’s Project

Come up with a simple morning routine and post it in the comments below. Then, come back here every week day around noon for the next week to let us know how your morning routine is going. Let’s all encourage each other to be more intentional and make the most of our mornings!

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  • Kristin says:

    My kids (my youngest for the most part) run the time in when I wake up. If all goes well, it goes like this.

    8-8:30am: Wake myself and the kids up, get myself and kids dressed.
    8:30-8:45am: Gets kids breakfast and myself a cup of coffee
    8:45-9:30am: Preschool for my 4 year old. Daughter (9 months old) watches from her bouncy seat.
    9:30-11:30am-Free play for my son. Daughter gets some floor time and plays.
    11:30am-12noon: Get kids ready for lunch, eat and time outside afterwards.

  • Krista says:

    Crystal, I can’t wait to hear how you make out with this routine. That seems like a lot to get done in 3 hours. I hope to learn from you! (not turning on the computer until 8:30 might be the key takeaway for me in all of this)

  • Amy Lou says:

    Seeing this post about your morning routine was perfect timing for me! I attempted to start getting organized a couple months ago but got lazy and out of routine for a while. I recently decided I needed to get my booty in gear and get it back together though! Maybe I should post my routine on my blog also so I feel like I have my readers to keep me accountable! 🙂 Here is my routine:

    6:30-7 Wake up when my alarm goes off (aka 22 month old daughter wakes up)
    7-7:30 Get her breakfast and me coffee. Drink my coffee and check emails/social media while she eats and watches educational videos/cartoons. (this is our wake up and relax time)
    8ish Tidy up, do dishes and laundry as needed, clean one room of the house (I have certain days to do certain rooms) My daughter plays while I clean.
    10ish Work with my daughter on alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc, and one on one reading time for an hour.
    11ish-11:30ish Lunch
    11:30-12 Naptime starts and lasts a few hours so Mommy does a workout and works on blogging or crafts/projects till naptime is over.

  • Joy says:

    OK, here goes:

    6:00 – up, dressed, quick clean up of main living areas
    6:30 – coffee, make to do list for day, quick glance at email, start laundry, plan dinner
    7:00 – project work, no interruptions
    8:30 – kids up, breakfast, etc.
    9:00 – follow calendar for the day

  • Cari says:

    I maybe don’t have much room to talk about morning routines since I’m single and have no children, but I do work full time and hate being rushed in the morning because I am NOT a morning person. I’ve learned to prep as much as I possibly can the night before. I make my lunch, set up the coffee maker, put things needed for tomorrow next to my purse by the front door, lay out my clothes, etc. so that all I have to do is get up, make the bed, get dressed, and “cuddle” with my coffee while watching the morning news until it’s time to leave for work. This very relaxed morning routine puts me in an upbeat mood all day, and seems to make my entire day go smoothly. A good morning starts the night before!

  • brenda says:

    What’s oil pulling?

  • Angel Pietsch says:

    I have been trying forever to get a morning routine. I honestly set my alarm every night to wake up at 6, and every morning I hit the snooze and go back to sleep. I feel so tired when I wake up. I have always wanted to be a “morning person”, but that just hasn’t been my case. I am going to move my alarm into my bathroom tonight, so I have to get up to turn it off and already be in the bathroom. I hope this helps. has been a huge help with my morning routine once I am up. I just want to add in exercise and more time to prepare for my day before my kids are up.
    5:30 bible study and prayer time
    6:00 run with dog and shower
    7:00 make beds, open blinds, start a load of laundry, empty dishwasher
    7:30 computer time
    8:30 breakfast, kids devotional
    Thank you Crystal for all your encouragement.

  • Jeniffer says:

    5:30 Wake up (because sometimes it takes a while)
    6:00 bible study and prayer time
    6:30 make beds, open blinds, start a load of laundry, empty dishwasher
    7:30 Wake girls up
    8:00 breakfast, kids devotional
    9:00 Start the girls schooling
    Thanks for your example and encouragement Crystal.

  • Kelia R. says:

    This may sound crazy but here’s my routine
    4:15 first alarm (right next to my bed)
    4:30 second alarm (in the kitchen now I have to get up lol)
    4:30-5:00 bathroom, devotion, morning prayer
    5:00-6:00 pack lunch, make breakfast, check weather for the day
    6:00 wake kids (literally drag one out of bed)
    6:15-6:45 breakfast
    6:45-7:15 get dressed, make sure kids are ready, tiddy up kitchen
    7:15-7:20 out the door for work and school

  • Karen says:

    5:30 Wake up and make a cup of tea. Read Bible and pray.
    6:00 Make to-go lunches for three who have outside jobs; Empty dishwasher, do early morning dishes.
    6:30 Dress and go to nearby gym for exercise
    7:30 Return home and water outside plants
    7:45 Shower and dress. Make bed and tidy main living area.
    8:15 Breakfast with those at home; Load dishwasher; Start laundry.
    8:45 Email check while others are finishing their morning routines.
    9:00 Begin homeschooling (we’re doing half days for a few more weeks)

  • Q says:

    I am mom of a 7-month old. I would love to hear another mom of a 7 month routine.

    • mallie says:

      I have a 10 month old. I really want a morning routine but I am not a morning person and neither is my husband and daughter. I have always waked up when she has.

      8-9 AR gets up, change diaper, and feed her first bottle. And I have a cup of coffee. She then plays for a bit.

      10-11 she gets sleepy and wants a nap. Naps for 1 1/2-2 hrs

      11:30-1 wake from nap, change diaper and get dressed for the day. Feed lunch then plays

      2-4 afternoon nap

      4ish wake up change diaper feed bottle and play

      7ish supper

      8ish bath time and getting ready for bed
      9-10 trying to get to sleep

      • Q says:

        Thank you for sharing!

      • Linda Rethman says:

        My heart goes out to you with a little one. Thank you for posting. A routine is so good for your little one, but possibly a little tricky for you. Do what you can with what your little one teaches you with what works. Try as much as you can to stick with a routine. More than anything else simply love and enjoy this special time with your child. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Yes, you will get more done with a routine or a time map. Your devotions might look more like listening to Christian radio and your workout might be more like a walk with the baby in the stroller. Give yourself lots of grace for loving each day as it comes. Stay healthy.

    • Britte says:


      I have an 8 month old, and my routine is usually as follows….. (most days)

      6am- wake up, unless naturally waking up earlier
      6-6:30- Make coffee, empty dishwasher, pick up around house
      6:30- Baby girl usually wakes up & Husband leaves for work
      6:35-Change diaper
      6:40-Heat up bottle, feed baby
      6:50-8am- Play time for baby girl, simple work for mom
      8am-9am- Baby girl sleeps & mom gets done anything that can’t be done with baby
      9am- baby girl wakes up, usually on her own.. otherwise I let her sleep until 9:30
      9:30am- 2nd bottle and play time.

      I usually try to incorporate a trip to the gym, right after a bottle or a run/walk with baby girl.

      Hope this helped!

  • Courtney says:

    This sounds great! I’ve wanted to do something like this forever! My problem/ excuse is that I’m 8 months pregnant and have a 17 month old. I could get so much more done in the mornings if I would just get up at 6 or 7 (not to mention a bible study time!) but I just sleep… I do think I’m going to try and implement a no phone/computer time after we wake up. It’s a start at least

    • Susie says:

      Courtney… SLEEP! You have one more month before you have 2 little ones. You can rethink your schedule then. Not being a morning person myself, I really think God would prefer my time with Him to be when I am able to think clearly and can give my prayer and Bible time the attention and respect it deserves. That usually is late morning or early afternoon for me. I admire people who start the day in prayer and study, but I “say good morning God, thank you for another day” and do the rest when my mind is working.

  • anna miller says:

    I try, I want to have a morning routine but it is just too much fun reading to my kids, snuggling them, and chatting anywhere from 6:30-8:30 depending on what subject we are discussing, or what book we are reading…

    What I would like my routine to look like is this: (and maybe this will be motivation and soon will become habit)
    5:30-get dressed, help husband get off to work, make breakfast for him etc..
    6:00-7:00 coffee, Bible, read
    7:00-7:45 snuggle time with kids
    7:45-8:00 breakfast
    8:00-8:15 kids do chores while I make client calls
    8:30-11:30 schoolwork
    Afternoon finish up school, free play etc…

    I know I will never regret the snuggle times with the kids but I really need to get things moving quicker in the morning…

  • Anne says:

    I really enjoy my early morning time, but I also stay up late much too often and end up feeling worn out in the afternoons. Here’s my basic plan:

    9:30-10pm Be in bed & ready to sleep

    5-5:30-ish am Praying and Bible Studying
    (sometimes 5:30-6 Work on projects or tidying)
    6-7 Exercise (very basic) and get showered & ready
    7-7:15 Flexible time as I push my baby’s waking time to 7:30
    7-7:30 Nurse 1 year old son and sometimes tend to almost 3year old or 4 1/2 year old
    7:30-7:45 Get children dressed & downstairs
    8 Eat breakfast and clean up
    9 “Homeschooling” hour: Pray through ACTS, read a small passage of Jesus’ words, (get 1 year old to nap), exercise together, read independently, read aloud together
    10:15ish Free play/mommy jobs
    11:15-11:30 Get baby and start lunch

    The afternoon is nowhere close to a working routine… Someday… 🙂

  • Allison says:

    Hi Crystal and others,
    I am definitely not a natural morning person at all and really struggle with the morning. How do you suggest a non-morning person use the morning vs staying up at night? Right now I am really not using either effectively. I go to bed early (by 10pm at the latest) and wake up late (between 6am to 9am) depending on my work schedule. I currently work a variety of shifts during the week 7:30a-4p, 8:30a-5p, and 10:30a-7p. I work M-F. I find it really hard to get anything done after putting our daughter in bed (I feel so tired after our bedtime routine) or in the am before work (prying myself out of bed is so hard).

  • Jessi says:

    My morning routine is:
    5:10am – Get up, morning prayers, make my bed, wash up, get dressed for the day.
    5:25am – Drink a glass of water, Make a cup of coffee, start washing machine, feed/water cats and clean their litter.
    5:30am – Open for the day (I run an in-home childcare center)
    5:35am – Exercise (while my early morning arrivals lay back down)
    5:55am – Prep for the day: check the weather, expected attendance, fill our outside water cooler, wipe down my deck furniture, check my morning lesson plans, prepare our daily bag to take outside, start sun tea, check the day’s menu
    6:10am – Drink a glass of water, make school lunches, prepare first breakfast shift, do any prep work needed for the days snacks, lunches and thaw anything needed for dinner
    6:45- 8am – Wake up any sleepy heads, be available for all my kiddos, help with breakfast clean-up, bathroom times, getting ready for school.
    8:10am – 2nd Breakfast shift, cup of green tea and clean up, bathroom time. Switch load of laundry, complete attendance records.
    8:30am – Morning Lessons – and our day begins!

    I never used to be a morning person but when I decided to stay home to open my business, I struggled a lot at first with my own expectations of how I was going to fulfill all of my roles. I’ve finally found a great balance and I love how much I can accomplish in a morning. I have specific tasks that I do at certain transition times of the day to help keep up on everything. I’ve learned a lot about organization, balance, meal planning, and knowing my limits by reading your site, so thank you!

  • Beth says:

    We haven’t gotten into our summer routine yet, this being the first day of no school. Our plan is:
    6am: for me to wake with my husband, fix his lunch to take to work, have some decaf tea, and check my emails while he gets ready to go.
    6:45a I either have mommy time to craft, watch a show I’ve taped, or go back to sleep.
    8:15a Wake the kids, have breakfast, and hit the road at 9am for a walk on M-W-F, yard work on T-Th.
    After that it is pretty fuzzy…
    But my husband and I have put a lock on our tv from 10am to 2pm. Shows can be taped to watch later, but noone is sitting on their bum all day. The computer and all electronics will all be off-limits, except for my daughters phone.
    Hope this works for us!

  • Sharon says:

    Ok, so what is bedtime then? I have a hard time because my husband works 2nd shift and does not typically get home until 10:30 pm. That means we don’t get to bed until midnight or so, sometimes later. Getting up before the kids is great, but I typically use them as my alarm clock.


  • Kelly says:

    I’m new to reading your blog. I’m just curious why you do laundry every day? Do you really have enough every day for a full load or are just doing small loads?

    As for morning routines, we’ve sort of perfected ours as it takes a bit of discipline to get four kids and two adults up and ready to go every morning.

    6am my alarm goes off and I get up and shower while my husband goes and wakes up the two oldest
    6:15am Shower done, I check on older kids while my husband starts getting the younger two up and dressed
    6:20am Blow dry my hair and get dressed
    6:30am All kids downstairs for breakfast, most mornings my husband handles this and sometimes I do
    6:35am Flat iron my hair
    6:40am I head downstairs, check to make sure the older two have what they need for school and that I have what I need for work
    6:45am Discuss the day with my husband and the kids
    7:00am Hair brushing, clean up breakfast dishes, last minute check
    7:10am Everyone out the door

    • I try to do one load from start to finish every week day. I typically take the weekends off from laundry. So I find that I usually have enough for a full load every day with the five of us plus towels/sheets, etc.

  • Jayne says:

    6:30-7:00 Get up and make breakfast and lunch for my husband
    7:00-8:00ish Coffee with God aka quiet time/Bible study
    8:00-9:00 Get dressed and straighten bedroom and bath
    9:00-12:00 Blog work This is where I need to get a lot more organized.

  • Linda Rethman says:

    I am so proud of you for posting your morning routine. I did something similar some years ago. It was called a Time Map. The first rule of the time map was not to be legalistic about it or it would be doomed for failure. Flexibility is key mainly because we are not robots. I had to consider it my frame for the morning. I still follow it to a big degree. Something I’ve learned about myself is that for some reason or another I just couldn’t get my devotions in with my morning workout. One or the other just would not happen. Being more flexible with my workout helped a great deal. Having a workout partner helped a ton!!! Going to bed at night is still a big problem for me. I’m a flight attendant so there is no normal for any day of the week for me; however, getting back to routine is a discipline and it does work. OK, back to the time map. Create a chart days of the week across the top and hours of “Your Work Day” down the left hand side. I did mine in hour blocks. Square in the appointments you do weekly. My bible study is every wed morning 9 – 11 so I would block that out including commute time. Picking up my daughter was also blocked out as were lunch and dinner. I also blocked in my family time and chore and side project time. Self forgiveness is huge, but to a great degree the Time Map works with personal discipline. I’m so thankful you have reminded me of this. Let me know what works for you.

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