Start your day with some of these 100+ ways!
Mornings have the potential to make or break your day. And whether you like a slow start or you get out of bed rushing to start your day, there are plenty of ways to prioritize your first hour.
I’m not a morning person. I never have been and probably never will be. So I’m always looking for help in making my morning run smoothly.
Recently I asked my e-mail subscribers about their morning routines, and I got dozens of responses. Here are their great ideas for a smoother morning:
The very first thing in the morning
- Get a big glass of water and a cup of coffee.
- Throw on last night’s clothes and run out to pick my husband from work.
- Read Bible.
- Brush teeth.
- Cuppa, breakfast and medications while checking my diary for the day’s tasks.
- Feed baby.
- Get up and make breakfast for my husband and myself before he leaves for work.
- Make coffee, then Bible study.
- Get dressed, make beds, check my to-do list for the day. I use time blocks in my daily schedule. It has worked for me and my large family for years.
- Get up and get ready…before the kids! A very hard habit for me, but well worth it!
- My husband and I get up at about 6 a.m., get dressed and go for about a 90-minute walk. We live in Central Florida and the heat comes early.
- Dress kids for school.
- Shower and dress to shoes.
- Grab a cup of coffee and put the dry dishes away from the night before and empty the dishwasher while my coffee brews.
- Let the dog out.
- Pray. Make coffee.
- Make my coffee, sit in my chair with my Bible and prayer journal.
- Read the verse of the day through the Bible app I use on my phone.
- Spend time with Jesus praying and studying my Bible
- Start the water for my tea and let the dogs out.
- Drink a glass of warm water with lemon
- Drink tea and read my Bible
- Make my bed.
- Hug and kiss my little pup, look outside and then stretch.
- Feed and water the dog.
- My husband brings me coffee in bed most mornings.
- Wake up my daughter for school.
- Make breakfast for my husband.
- Feed the animals.
- Drink coffee, check e-mails.
- Dress for the day: Hair, makeup and change clothes, with my outfit chosen the day before.
- Read my Bible and pray.
- Try to get up early enough for personal devotions before my five kids are up!
- Make coffee from my Keurig. Then bathroom.
- Pee, wash, brush, coffee.
- Read the daily Bible verse on my phone, then check Yahoo Mail, Facebook posts (for weather primarily), drag myself to the bathroom, brush my teeth, comb my hair, then wake the kids for school.
- Get dressed and let the dogs out.
- Make a cup of tea. Sit and plan my day in my mind. I am not easily organized, so I have had to work on it every day. I could easily fall off my routine, but if that happens I feel very out of sorts. Also I make lists for everything that way I can feel in some control. It’s a continuous work in progress.
- I check my calendar, check e-mails on my phone, think about what I’ll cook for the day. More or less, I get my brain going.
- Grab what I need for workout, go downstairs and sit on the couch.
- Make tea!
- Give thanks to the Lord.
In the first hour of the day
- Get dressed and get kids to school.
- Drink my water and coffee, try to eat something, wake up my daughter for preschool, and begin the long process of getting her ready to go to school.
- Pick my husband up from work, shower, get dressed, eat breakfast.
- Read, take medicine, check phone, bathroom, teeth brushing, face washing, shower, wake up my son.
- See to dogs, put on coffee machine, wake son, check on daughter, make breakfast, organize medicines for daughter, start load of wash, see husband off to work, see to son’s packed lunch and get him off to work, exercise dogs. (My daughter’s service dog gets chubby easily.)
- Prioritize what has to be done that day.
- Coffee, get 5-year-old ready for school and wait for my sister to take her, breakfast for toddler, feed baby again.
- Eat breakfast, drink water, listen to a devotion with my husband, and often go back to bed. (I’m pregnant and fighting a cold at the moment, so I need all the sleep I can get!)
- Prepare breakfast and lunchboxes.
- Bible reading and prayer. (MOST important.)
- Coffee, Bible study, plan day, read/e-course/read blogs.
- Get myself ready and help my kids get ready. Getting ready means getting dressed, brushing hair, making beds, ensuring rooms are clean and ready for the day. Then I begin some basic, everyday chores, like transferring laundry that was set up to auto wash at an earlier time in the morning and emptying the dishwasher that washed the night before while we were sleeping.
- Work out, take shower.
- Empty dish drainer, make and eat breakfast.
- Take kids to school. Get coffee. Feed babies breakfast.
- Eat breakfast and read a section of the Bible.
- Quiet time with the Lord, reading and studying His Word, praying and sometimes reading a bit in a scripturally sound book to go deeper.
- Get my son some milk and his vitamins, take my vitamins and get coffee, go to the bathroom, check my e-mails and Facebook.
- Prayer, reflection, journal.
- Shower, watch a Bible study while getting dressed, pack lunches, a few minutes of devotions.
- If I don’t work that day: Try to start a load of laundry, unload and load dishwasher, clean kitchen, make breakfast. I usually run out of energy after dinner the night before because I am cleaning up dinner, packing lunches, and backpacks and ironing clothes then baths.
- Mentally prepare for the day, get ready, listen to a devotion on my drive to work.
- Prepare breakfast and make my husband’s lunch. Eat breakfast with him and get him off to work.
- Get dressed, make the kids breakfast, straighten up the house.
- Make a to-do list and prioritize.
- Daily devotions, get laundry started, get dressed, make the bed, eat breakfast, do the dishes (there’s no dishwasher here).
- Make breakfast for my kid and clean it up.
- Pack lunches and eat breakfast. Read my devotion.
- Water my plants outside and make some yummy coffee.
- Put dishes away and make hubby’s lunch, then I help get him ready to leave for work.
- Get ready for work.
- Feed cats, make tea, Bible reading, text hubby.
- I feed the dog, do my hair and makeup, make my lunch for work, make my breakfast, then eat it while catching up on the news. Then I fold the laundry from the night before and put it away, get dressed, and head to work.
- Get ready for work, wake kids up, fix breakfast.
- Drink coffee. Eat. Get dressed. Do hair and makeup. Take husband to work. Go to work myself.
- Wake up my daughter (who gets on the early bus), make breakfast for her, pack lunches for three kids and myself, wait for the bus to come, start a load of laundry, read my Bible and have some prayer time.
- Eat breakfast, and savor my coffee!
- Have coffee, vacuum the upstairs, get washed up and dressed for the day, put on my makeup, have breakfast.
- Eat breakfast while reviewing my to-do list for the day.
- Shower, dress, make a smoothie, make coffee, figure out what is for dinner.
- Eat breakfast and have my devotions.
- Drink water, check e-mails, dishes, breakfast.
- Get dressed, eat breakfast, read blogs and She Reads Truth, put meat in the Crock-Pot if necessary, empty the dishwasher if I’m motivated.
- Shower, get dressed, pack lunches, read Bible.
- Make breakfast and lunch for two members of my family before they walk out the door.
- Wake up at 4 a.m. Shower. Get dressed. Hair and makeup. Leave for work at 4:45 a.m. Arrive at 5.
- Coffee, breakfast, spend time with hubby.
- Exercise, get ready, coffee and quiet time (it’s must!), then Morning Time Basket (Bible time with my little ones), and breakfast.
- Coffee and Perry Mason on TV.
- Make bed, set bedroom to right, and make coffee. While it brews I make my husband’s lunch, drink coffee and pray with husband. Then I wake up kids, start kitchen duties, breakfast, clean out dishwasher.
- Get everyone ready for school, and get out the door.
- Eat breakfast. Get newspaper from yard. Clean up breakfast dishes. Load of laundry.
- Read e-mails, breakfast, two cups of tea , check my planner, plan on dinner, make the bed, morning beauty routine, empty dishwasher, start a load of laundry.
- Coffee, shower, make breakfast for myself and my 8-year-old, and pack her lunchbox.
- Make and eat breakfast, dishes, laundry.
- I pray, read Bible, do Bible study, read. Then talk and pray with my husband. I make his lunch while he makes his smoothie. I clean out the sink and kiss him goodbye.
- Read Bible. Get dressed.
- Bible Study and get ready for work.
Planning a successful day
While everyone’s days seem to start very similarly, I’ve loved noticing how the unique needs of each life shapes the rest of our mornings and our days – whether we’re serving others, or getting as much done around our homes as we can.
So often, how you start your day can add balance to your homemaking – and your life – or it can set everything off-kilter. If you could use some help, you’ll love Jami Balmet’s free guide and training video, 5 Keys to Planning a Successful Day!
How do YOU start your day?
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