My mornings could use a little work. I shared with you how I have gradually become more of a morning person, and thought I’d follow up with a post on how I’m using my new morning-energy to develop a better morning routine. This is another post in partnership with RaceTrac, where you’ll always find something tasty to get your day going–whether you’re a morning person or a night owl and whether you have a well-established routine or a developing one like mine. Read on to find out more about what they offer and for a new printable to help you create a better morning routine as well.
This post is sponsored by RaceTrac to help you discover how they can make your mornings a little easier.
Reflecting on My Morning Routine
These days, my mornings start out at 5:50 a.m. with either the boring “beacon” alarm tone or Regina Carter’s Anitra’s Dance when I already know my morning is gonna need a little something extra. I always start with thankfulness, then the next step is making sure the eldest child makes it out on time. This is when I get a quick win by picking up in the kitchen while I cross my fingers that she doesn’t miss the bus.
And that’s about as routine as my morning gets. After she leaves, I may or may not take advantage of what I call the bonus sleep before I really start my day. This is both the blessing and curse of being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. I thoroughly enjoy that option, but because we don’t start school until 9, I end up with way too much time that’s ripe for the wasting.
I’d love to start a solid, predictable routine during those hours before school. Instead, I may or may not eat breakfast, I avoid my morning walk and get to things like quiet time and checking my planner at some point. My ideal morning would involve doing all these things before we start the school day. It’s a work in progress, but I’m not giving up!!
As I think about it, I realize that things are a bit better when I do ocassionally have to take my daughter to school. Being forced to get out and into the sun goes a long way toward waking me up and getting me going. It also makes it more likely that I’ll eat breakfast because I’m more apt to pick something up than to make something on my own. If you’re like me, this is where a quick breakfast stop like RaceTrac makes things easier.
They offer guests good food that gets them ready for the day–from six blends of fresh brewed coffee and fresh donuts delivered daily to classic roller grill items. RaceTrac has whatever its guests need to start the morning off right, plus it’s easy to pick up a quick and healthy lunch while you’re there too.
Printable Morning Routine Worksheet
Since starting the morning off right makes the day so much better, let’s work on improving our morning routines together. Download my printable morning routine worksheet, grab a cup of crazy good RaceTrac coffee, and spend some time writing down what your morning routine is like now and what you want your new morning routine to be. Start by describing both mornings in three words that paint a clear picture for you. For me, my current routine might be described as inconsistent, basic and sparse, while the routine I’m aiming toward is consistent, fruitful and fulfilling.
After that, use the boxes to list both your current routine and your ideal routine. Some things you could add to the new routine might include a daily workout, a healthy meal, a commitment to not check social media/email first thing in the morning or a regular wake-up time. After you decide on the things you want to add, go through the reflection questions to establish your “why” (for me, it’s being the best I can possibly be for my family). This should help motivate you each morning. Try to keep to your routine for at least 21 habit-forming days and use the table at the bottom of the worksheet to track your progress.
I’d love to hear how you’re transforming your morning routine and the folks at RaceTrac would love to hear how they fit into it and why it’s a great place for you to start your day. Let’s chat about it in the comments below, on Twitter or The Mama Zone’s Facebook page. I’ll update you on my progress soon.
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Anitra has been sharing useful ideas for moms at The Mama Zone since 2009. She’s a wife, mom of two and an elementary school teacher, turned homeschooling mom. She’s also an online influencer and ebook author who enjoys writing to help other moms and to build strong families.