I’m sitting in bed as I write this post. It’s usually a rule I don’t like to break but sometimes it’s ok to have bit of screen time late at night. I’m ready for the morning. I’m not gloating about it. But I know when I get up I’ll be able to get myself ready for work and my daughter ready for nursery without loads of stress.
My morning routine wasn’t always so easy and I used to rush everywhere.
In my 20s I got up as late as possible, hurried to work, ate lunch at my desk, went out with friends at 5pm and stayed up most of the night watching DVDs or on the internet. It can’t be like that now; the Millennial Dad must develop a routine to make sure everything goes smoothly. That doesn’t mean taking the fun out of things, but it does mean thinking a bit more about how we do things to get the most out of life and being a parent.
So here are my three tips for creating a successful morning routine:
Create processes for your morning routine.
A routine is just that. It’s a set of actions that you follow to accomplish a task. When thinking about a morning routine you should aim to practice it over and over until you get it right. So you might set the alarm for 6.30am, get up, shower, have breakfast, wake up your children, give them breakfast, get dressed, go to school and work. You might decide that it’s not early enough so set the alarm for 6am. Test out different strategies until you find the right one for you. But always aim to follow a set plan. Don’t just hope to get everything right, make it happen.
Find your own extra hour.
The Millennial Dad knows that everyone has the same 24 hours in each day to get things done. He knows that a morning routine will mean a lot of effort to get himself and his family ready to face the day. He also knows the importance of finding his own time to prepare for the day. In the past, you may have had the morning to slowly prepare yourself for the day ahead, maybe listen to the radio, read a book, all before you get up. These days it may not be so easy. But it’s still important to find some time in the day to start how you want to. Some of us want to do exercise or write part of a book. If so, these things won’t get done by getting up at the usual time. Instead, find that magic extra hour. Get up at 5am instead of 6am, when the house is still asleep. Use this precious time to get your most important “you” task done, whatever that may be. And then you can guarantee to be able to face the morning routine knowing you’ve already accomplished something important.
Acknowledge the end of each day and think about the next one.
Recognise the importance of each day. Don’t rush through things. At the end of everything you’ll wonder what you did with your time. Take time at the end of the day to appreciate what you’ve achieved, what you’re grateful for, and what could have gone better. Breathe. Then think about the next day. What do you want to achieve? How do you want that day to look? Prepare for tomorrow by setting yourself up for success. Make sure everything is in its right place so you don’t have to rush tomorrow.
Whatever your morning routine it’s important not to get too stressed about things. Occasionally it will go wrong, you’ll be late for work or school, or maybe your train will be cancelled or there’ll be traffic. It’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. There’s always another day.