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How to Have a Great Morning Routine

It’s the beginning of a new school year for us and many of you. With that, come new routines — whether you are homeschooling or your kids are going to school in-person.

In this episode, Jesse and I share strategies for having a better morning routine and how to set up a morning routine that serves you and your family well.

We talk about why a successful morning begins the night before, how to tackle the hardest things first, and the importance of creating more than one morning routine.

Say what? More than one routine?

Yes, you read that right. Curious what we mean? Be sure to listen in!

We also share an update on Champ, why Jesse is loving long drives, a new exercise “program” Jesse inspired me to start, why I’m loving velvet hangers, and a book I’m reading right now.

In This Episode: 

[00:33] The babies are joining us for this one! We give a quick update on Champ.

[03:45] What Jesse inspired me to start recently.

[05:36] Taking long drives is saving Jesse’s life this week.

[07:32] Velvet hangers are saving my life.

[09:05] I have been reading You Be You by Jamie Ivey.

[13:29] A great morning starts the night before.

[14:30] Waking up to a clean house is the best. Here’s how to make it happen…

[14:50] How I plan my days using Google calendar and the difference this makes.

[16:27] What a simple morning routine looks like.

[18:06] Do the hardest, most important things first.

[21:39] Let’s talk about why a routine isn’t a schedule.

[24:10] Your morning routine is not set in stone. It is to serve you.

[26:58] What are the things that could consistently interrupt your mornings? Let’s plan for the interruptions so they don’t disrupt our days.

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  • Ashley P says:

    The Google calendar thing is ESSENTIAL for me! I started relying on it for my autistic son’s therapy visits, and now it includes everything from my meal plan to my homeschool schedule to my cleaning schedule… it’s become my life blood. 😛

    I’m blessed (though it doesn’t always feel like it lol) that my husband’s work shift starts at 4 AM, so I kinda have to get up early by default. I grab a bag of laundry from the hallway on my way downstairs and throw them in the wash before I make my coffee. And then I do my Bible study. Cuz if I don’t do it before the kids get up, it ain’t getting done! Once Bible study is done, I empty the dishwasher. Hubby works from home, so when he takes his breakfast break, he’ll load it with the dishes in the sink. I take out anything that needs to thaw for dinner, make breakfast, earn some Swagbucks while the kids eat, and then put the small ones upstairs for video playlists I curated to go with our homeschool curriculum while I teach the oldest.

    It doesn’t always go perfectly smoothly. But it at least gets the laundry started, the dishwasher emptied, the table cleared off, and my Bible study done while there’s still quiet in the house before all the crazy noise and squabbles start. If I manage to finish Bible study early or the kids sleep late (ha!), I might even get to listen to an audiobook for a chapter or two.

  • Kendra says:

    Which velvet hangers did you get? I’m also looking to get some durable velvet hangers. Can you include a link?

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