master of scheduling my time. I poured
over the course catalog and class times in order to get the schedule that I
wanted, I created a plan. Either all
morning Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes; or classes that only met on Tuesday
that I had. Using my mornings effectively helped me to accomplish my goals.
wouldn’t I try to complete all of my classes by noon MWF? My friends were always amazed at how much “free”
time I seemed to have because I loaded all my classes into the mornings,
instead of having an 8am class, a 2:30 class and a 4pm class.
plan that worked for me.
ones, the desire to have a good plan in place never went away, but the
variables changed quite a bit, obviously.
where I couldn’t get a handle on anything. It was all so overwhelming; a toddler and a
newborn can do that to a person! I didn’t
have a schedule, my kids refused to be put on one, so instead I started a
rhythm, but it was still difficult for me to get anything done with all of life’s
won’t be able to accomplish anything if you are going that direction. Of course, being in the new baby years, there
is always a lot of room for change, and you have to go with what is given to
you for a large portion of that time, and that is OK.
same precision that I exhibited when I was in college, albeit with a lot more
East and the sun would stream in every.single.morning. Living in Maine, it was quite the early
sunrise in the summer. That, coupled
with my mom, who never seemed to sleep, getting ready early, and I was always
woken up, not by my choosing.
accomplish a lot during the day.
their kids out of bed for school, I envy them.
My oldest daughter, Emma, has always gotten up super early. Most days she is up by 6am and ready for the
day. That means that if I am going to
get up before her, I need to be up super early.
get up that early, one of my children will be the thing that wakes me up, and
then I am not a happy camper.
to happen to me, I want to make my day happen.
downstairs, start the coffee pot, brush my teeth and then sit down to read my
Bible, journal, and plan out my day – that routine has made my mornings more
effective, even if my kids are getting up early.
it. Take this morning for instance. I got up at 5am, I came downstairs, made my
coffee, brushed my teeth, and at 5:15 Lucy woke up.
into having a great morning routine, actually get up early, and then right when
I am ready to be productive, the baby wakes up, or one of the kids needs to use
the bathroom and then wants breakfast?
Having those interruptions was difficult for a long time, but I realized I
needed to change my thinking. I need to
make my plan work, even when there are interruptions. My life is not only my life, I have four
other people every day that I am with, and who impact every part of it.
was the key.
morning to-do list. But I, of course,
went upstairs, nursed her, and got her settled again. While I was doing that, I read my Bible on my
phone. Not exactly the way I like to
read my Bible (I have an entire set up that includes multiple journals and
pretty pens), but I was still able to get my Bible reading done, while I was
settling Lucy back down.
the first plan doesn’t work is what has helped me.
me in the morning, when all I want to do is drink hot coffee. Instead, I need to joyfully greet the day
(and my family). It doesn’t always
happen that way, but often it will, and those are the best days for me.
I have to scale it back.
create before I consume.
can be done even if there are a lot of interruptions. Of course I have a lot that I need and want
to accomplish in the morning, but being realistic about what I am able to do
helped with the disappointment when I am unable to check those items off the to-do list first thing in the morning.
mornings with a plan? Have you attempted
a routine but outside factors throw you off?
Can you simplify?