I have always enjoyed reading about people’s morning routines. Perhaps the voyeuristic pleasure of peeking into a sliver of someone’s day is appealing to me. Or maybe I like the fact that I can learn from someone’s routine and adopt some of their habits to make my life easier.
Back in college, I often took up to an hour to get ready. How indulgent it was! These days, with children and all, my mornings are more streamlined and efficient. Gone are lazy mornings when I get to hit the snooze button a million times or experiment with my outfits in many different ways. Nowadays, it’s all about getting myself and the girls out the door.
So here’s how my mornings usually go. I get up around 7AM. The girls have breakfast with Richard while I get ready. I typically shower and prepare my outfit the night before so getting ready in the morning is a somewhat a truncated process. Then, I put on make-up, which usually takes about 5-10 minutes.
I eat breakfast quickly, about 10 minutes at the most. When it is a school day, I finish preparing the girls’ lunch boxes. I try to prepare most of the items in their lunch boxes the night before. Then, I check on the girls, helping them with their hair and last-minute stuff like choosing which jackets to wear. Then, we are out the door.
Once I drop off the girls at school, there’s usually a 30 minute window before my first appointment (sometimes, it’s not really an appointment but just waiting for a gym class to start). I use this time to write in my journal, organize my thoughts, and listen to morning news.
The weekend is more or less the same. Unless the weather is really bad, I don’t really lounge around in my PJs at home in the mornings. My OCD side often dictates that I simply must get ready, brush my teeth, put on a little make up and wear something nice for the day. I am just not very productive wearing yoga pants and gym clothes for the day so I stay away from them unless I am heading to the gym.
What’s your morning routine? Do you have any short cuts or advice in making mornings easier and less stressful for you and your family?