Let me preface this post by saying that I am NOT a morning person. I take a while to truly "wake up" and join the land of the living. That being said, I am learning to take advantage of my mornings and really get a good start to my day. Here is my morning routine:
6:00 Ick. This is the time when I wake up. I have a second alarm that goes off at 6:05. I keep this alarm in another room, so that I have to get up and turn it off. If I fail to turn the second alarm off, it might wake up Miss. E.
6:05 By this time, I am running myself a bath. I am always so cold in the morning so I have a 20-25 minute bath in the morning to warm up. While the tub is running, I read my daily devotional and pray.
6:30 I do my hair and makeup. I don't spend very long on this, especially on a work day. I try to be done and out of the bathroom by 6:45. I have to wear my hair up and back in the lab so that makes it easier to get out the door. My go to style is a bun.
6:45 I start making breakfast. I really enjoy boiled eggs or scrambled eggs. They are filling and seem to help me have energy for my morning. While my breakfast is cooking, I get all of Miss. E's things ready and put them by the door. I also pack our lunches so they are ready to go.
6:50 I eat my breakfast and drink my tea.
7:00 Get Miss. E up and dressed for the day.
7:10 Usually, Hubby helps Miss. E with her breakfast while I do her hair.
7:20 We clean up the kitchen while Miss. E finishes eating. I check my checklist and make sure that I have everything that Miss. E needs for the babysitter. I start my vehicle and run a few things out to the Jeep so that I have less to carry when I head out with Miss. E.
7:35 We head to the door and get dressed to go outside. Boots, hats, coats, and mittens. It all takes time, especially with a little one who wants to do most of it herself.
7:40/7:45 We are in the car heading to the babysitter's house.
On a day when I stay at home, the routine stops at about 7:00 a.m.. I will start some tasks around that time and see what I can get done before Miss. E wakes up. I have found getting up early has made my days much smoother. Instead of running around like crazy at night when I am bone tired, I can get some tasks done earlier in the day. My early wake up call also helps me feel more awake and energized at work. I am definitely not a morning person, but with some planning and routine I have found mornings to be a really productive time for me.