Your New Morning Game Plan
If you’ve been following along with this series, you’ve already learned a LOT when it comes to your morning. But today we’re going to pull it all together.
Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in the morning, what you don’t want to or need to do, and where to find the extra time needed, it’s time to put it all together in a new morning game plan.
We’re going to start with the new set of tasks that you’ve decided is the most important. Figure out a time when you’re going to get those things done.
This is a great place to pull out your journal and start to make a plan.
If your goal is to go for a run in the morning, you may decide to do that first thing before getting a shower and having breakfast when your spouse is home with the kids.
This blog post is part of an email challenge called "Morning Makeover: The Smarter Way". You can read other posts from this series here:
If your goal is to meditate each morning, you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of coffee.
If your goal is to find some time for reading or your favorite hobby in the morning, you could carve out some time before everyone else gets up and while you enjoy that first coffee.
The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn something new.
Come up with a plan
Then work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans. It may take some shuffling around and mixing up of your current routine, but with a little creative thinking and a bit of flexibility, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.
For me, I wanted time in the morning to work on this blog. This was the most important thing for me so I made a plan to get up a bit earlier while everyone else is still asleep.
I’m used to getting up at this point and getting things done first thing in the morning. I’ve come to love my quiet time to sit, sip my tea, and write.
Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes natural to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the grove of things. We’ll look at this in a little more detail tomorrow.
Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes natural to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the grove of things
For now, get out that journal again and write your new morning game plan down. Writing it down will help you solidify your new plan and see if there are any holes in it.
Put the journal or notebook where you jotted down your new plan on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. It will serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do and do differently in the morning now.
The hardest part of this makeover is the follow through. So make sure you make it as easy as possible for you to stay motivated.
The hardest part of a morning makeover is the follow through. Make sure you make it as easy as possible for you to stay motivated.
This new plan of yours isn’t “final” though. It’s a guideline and can be adjusted as needed. Sometimes we over commit, or something we thought would work just doesn’t.
That’s 100% OK! We’re all just a work in progress right?
Instead of panicking, adjust the plan and make changes as needed until you come up with a new morning game plan that works well for you and the rest of your family. Once you have that it’s time to make it the new routine… something we’ll talk more about tomorrow.
When I started working on my mornings, I wanted an hour of time to blog. But then after I started my new plan, I realized that the hour wasn’t working out for me the way that I wanted it to.
I enjoyed my quiet time, but I found myself wishing my family was awake at times. I trimmed it back to a half hour of blogging in the morning and added another half hour at night and I’ve found it’s a great solution for me.
You might have to play around with it. And when you’re adjusting, keep in mind that some things are one-offs.
For example, maybe the day you tried your first new morning, your oldest woke up with a cold. Or perhaps your coffee maker broke. These things aren’t going to happen every day, so it’s worth it to try again tomorrow and see if tomorrow goes any better.
You don’t have to get it “right” on the first try. And it’s OK to make tweaks when you need to.
Everything is fluid. It’s all about finding what works best for you and your family.