Who wouldn’t want to be more productive with very little effort?
I know, I know… you are probably thinking that I’m just crazy for thinking you can add 5 MORE things to your already hectic morning. Believe me, I’m not here to put more on you, I’m here to let you know how these things can SAVE. YOUR. DAY!
I’m a mom who works full-time in the rat race. Someday I won’t but today I do. I get up and take care of business before I go and take care of someone else’s business, ya know?? So I really do get it… in fact sometimes I still have a hard time holding it together. At first it did seem like doing these things added to the stress but once I made them a habit, it’s a whole different card game.
First of all… and stick with me here!…. You ARE going to need to get up earlier. NO, NO, NO!!! Please don’t leave because you will find that if you implement these things, your day will go smoother over all and you will be more sane in the long run. And I must add that there will be another post about things you can do at night to make the next morning go more smoothly. This is really the key to making all of this work. So bare with me and let’s just try it! You don’t have to get it perfectly the first time but, I promise, it will come!
The trick is to get ahead and stay ahead. These 5 things will help you do that!
We will start out with the simple and eeeaaasssse into the things you think you won’t be able to do… ever.
1. Make the bed
This seems like a no-brainer to some of you, I get that. But as someone who was used to just getting up and getting ready as quickly as possible, I figured it could wait. For real! You’re just gonna get back in it when you get home so why bother?!
But guess what? The first thing you see when you walk into your bedroom after a long day at work or running errands or taking the children to the ball game – the unmade bed. If you’re anything like me, the sheets are halfway untucked at the end of the bed so you have to make it back anyway before you can get a good night’s rest in it. So it makes sense to just take a few minutes right when you get up to make that baby back up. It also prevents you from getting back in it after you get out of the shower or whatever. I’m not judging, I’ve actually done it too.
The best reason to make the bed though, is that when you come in and see a nice, neatly made bed, it provides a sense of calm to your evening. It’s one less thing you have to do in your exhausted state before going to sleep. And it’s easy!
2. Make sure no dirty dishes are in the sink
Now I know you are really wanting to click on that X button at the top but hear me out. I didn’t say you have to wash dishes. I just said to make sure there are no dirty dishes in the sink. Who in their right mind wants to come home to a load of dirty dishes stacked up in the sink? Certainly not me. When I get up in the mornings, I usually do have a few dishes left from the night before. My husband eats at around 9pm, which is about the time I get in bed to go to sleep. (I’ll tell you how that’s possible in another post). So there are usually a few dishes. I either wash those few things or throw them in the dishwasher, depending on whether the dishes in the dishwasher are dirty or clean. I’m telling you!! I don’t have a lot of free time either! So yes, I do have dirty dishes and sometimes the clean ones stay in the washer for… a while. But if i get the dirty ones out of sight, the scenery is a lot more peaceful to come home to.
Doesn’t THIS, make you feel better…
3. Put a load of laundry in the washing machine
I know you are sitting there thinking – Whoa! This is just getting out of hand!!
I swear, it’s as easy as carrying the load in the laundry room and putting it in. You don’t have to turn it on or anything. Just throw it in.
The reason for this is because it takes literally NO effort to turn on the washing machine. Or for your husband or child to do it (assuming they are old enough) for you. When you come home after all the other stuff you have to do, that load of laundry is already prepared to go. It’s just one load. ONE.
It’s even easier if you have one of these sorting baskets like we have. We have a separate basket in the laundry room for towels and washclothes because I like to use this method to wash those. And I don’t like wet washcloths sitting on top of my other clothes either because it leads to mildew and stains and all sorts of nasty stuff that I just can’t tolerate.
When I get home in the evening, I can just wash that load while I’m focused on something else. If I’m feeling extra feisty, I even put the soap and softener in that morning as well!
4. Sit still and drink a cup of coffee (or tea or water)
If you are thinking, “Duh, Jennifer, this is a time waster, not a time saver” then you would be wrong. Sorry, I call it like I see it. This is a tricky one because when we are short of time, we tend to deny ourselves.
I’m not saying to drink coffee because of the caffeine (although that’s not a bad idea). I’m saying it because, as moms, workers, humans… we need a little quiet time to sit and plan and sort through the things in our mind and in our day. We need time to reflect. Don’t watch the news or read your social media. Just sit and meditate on the day and calm down before you go crazy! This is important but I bet a lot of you reading won’t think so. But just try it. I bet you’ll like it.
5. Read or write your Scripture for the day
This is the last on the list because it is most difficult and also most important. I don’t know about you but
I can’t go a day without Jesus!
If you don’t know His Word then you don’t really know Him. And if you don’t really know Him, how can you trust Him with all of the thing that happen in your day? To be honest, I usually do combine 4 and 5. That’s because reading or writing Scripture helps me focus on my priorities, which is what I’m trying to do while I’m sitting and drinking my coffee.
So, in my humble opinion, you are allowed to drink coffee (or whatever you drink) while you are completing step 5, which is essential. Am I clear on this?? Good.
In case you are overwhelmed with this…
Take heart, my fellow human. Life is hard and it gets busy. But you can do this!
If you are still with me at this point then Bless Your Heart!
Whether you have a full-time job outside the home, or you are a WAHM, a SAHM, maybe even a dad… with some practice and patience, you can put these things into practice. No, it won’t happen over night. No, it probably won’t be painless. But it will be ever so worth it. And let’s not forget, none of us are a super hero. If you can’t do everything in a day, then you can’t. It shouldn’t be expected from you or anyone else to push beyond your limits and that is completely ok. Here’s hoping that you give these 5 things a chance and that you eventually find more peace and less chaos.
In this together,