I am in a "jumpstart" kind of season where I often find that if I don't get up before the kids in the morning, I feel really behind the rest of the day. Because if they do wake up before me, I have to jumpstart myself. And then all the sudden their urgent needs and requests are met with resentment and tension. I hate feeling that way.
I'm not exactly a morning person though. But after many days of frustration with the outcome of my day, I figured out that there are two practices that almost always ensure that we'll have a more positive, productive day:
1. Getting up well before the kids. I try for 5:30am whenever I can. And I'm not a coffee drinker so this is early for me. I shower and get fully dressed for the day. The key is that I'm able to be alone with my thoughts for a bit. I'm the kind of person who desperately needs some alone time every day. It's my recharge. And since the kids no longer take naps, this is often the only time of day I get it.
2. Remember God's presence and invite Him into my day, asking for moment by moment mercy. If I am able to recognize His presence at the very start of my day, he is so faithful to meet me there and set the tone for my day. I forget this one far too often. But it's truly my key to tapping into the best version of myself.
If (and it's never a given)... But IF I accomplish both of those things, I am pretty confident my day will go smoothly. Or, at least smoother than it would otherwise.
But on both good days and bad, I often cling to this:
What is your strategy for ensuring a good start to the day? I would love to hear them!