How To Create A Morning Routine in 5 Easy Steps

How To Create A Morning Routine in 5 Easy Steps

This week we have a guest post by Emily Swanda. She is a success and productivity coach for high achieving women.

For those of us with kids, our mornings can be the most stressful and difficult part of our day.  I am a firm believer that our mornings dictate how the rest of our day will go.  If you start out on a rocky road it probably means the rest of the day is a downhill slide to rock bottom.

Having young people to take care of makes it crucial to have a system in place so we don’t lose our minds before 8 a.m.  A few years ago I would go through my whole morning routine, get the kids ready for daycare and by the time I arrived at work at 7:45 a.m. I needed a break!  

It was only a few weeks of experiencing this stress and overwhelm did I create my ideal morning routine so I could truly enjoy the first few hours of my day and those precious moments with my kids before being at work all day.   

I have 2 sons, ages 10 and 8, and after lots of trial and error we have our morning routine down pat.  Keep in mind that I got serious about my morning routine when my oldest was 3 and my youngest was 6 months old.  The routine looks different now but the same key components are the same.

Here are the 5 tips I recommend you use to create your own morning routine.

4 Fears of A Working Mom

4 Fears of A Working Mom

Being a working mom is like riding a roller coaster. There are good days, okay days and some very bad days. Some days you can go off to work and feel great about yourself, and other days you feel like a monster. Sometimes mom guilt looms over us and we have no clue how to shake it. I've been a working mom for about 7 years now, and even I still battle with fear from time to time.

Here are some of the worst fears I've experienced:

1) I'm missing out on my kids' lives

How to stop comparing yourself to other moms

How to stop comparing yourself to other moms

So often I find myself on social media, mindlessly scrolling. Everyone’s feed always looks so perfect. The pictures always have the best lighting, all the moms have perfect bodies and their kids have evergreen smiles. They show their beautiful, spotless homes and beautiful, spotless cars. Life always seems to be going well for them.

What being a working mom has taught me

What being a working mom has taught me

I grew up with two working parents. In my mind, my mom was Superwoman. The lady got up before everyone, went to bed after everyone, had a successful career and raised three children.

I have pleasant memories of running errands with her and also watching her at work. My mama can do no wrong.

Well, when I became a mom, I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career. I wasn’t quite sure which career, but I knew the stay at home life didn’t suit me. I’ve now been a working mom for almost 7 years, and here’s what I’ve learned:

What my husband has taught me

What my husband has taught me

As I get older, I am learning to soak up as many lessons as I can so that I can leave the world a little better for the people coming after me.

My mindset has shifted me from overwhelmed, tired mom to a woman on a mission to enjoy her life and achieve some goals. So often when we talk about building a network of support, we forget that our husbands should be added to that list.

Here are some lessons I have learned from my husband: