Here's to Better Mornings
The best days start with good mornings, but mornings can be a serious pain in the ass. Our culture seems to dictate that mornings are or should be an inherently busy, chaotic shuffle that we just hammer through in order to get on with our day. This Postmodern Homemaker wants you to make your mornings a more meaningful, intentional part of your day.
Prep work is the best work.
There are a ton of ways to prep for a better weekday morning. What is tomorrow going to be like? Is it going to be crazy busy? A little more flex? Somewhere in between? Knowing this will help you set your intentions for a good day regardless of the intensity. If I know my day is going to be hectic, I try to get up a little extra early, get a little more protein in my morning meal or even try to get some down time in advance. I’ve found that even if my evening is busy and I don’t have time to actually prep (like setting the coffee maker, making breakfast/lunch, setting out an outfit), if I spend 5 minutes before bed just giving some thought to my options for the morning, things can go more smoothly when my head is groggy.
Use the two minute rule.
I don’t know where I first read about this but it’s well documented on the internet. The idea is, if it takes less than two minutes, just do it, don’t put it off. Some good examples of this are:
- Making your bed in the morning
- Doing a couple dishes in the sink
- Making yourself a morning snack if you don’t have time for a sit down breakfast
- Picking your PJs up off the floor
Prioritize your time. You don’t have to do it all.
We live in a busyness-obsessed culture. Every task is on fire, everything is the most important thing, there’s no time in the day - ever! I’d like to challenge that. For most privileged people not struggling to put food on the table, busyness is a function of a need for self importance. We revel in the idea of being the martyrs of our own chaos. It doesn’t have to be that way. We’re just not prioritizing the right things. Can you find five minutes to sit on your porch to drink a cup of coffee and take the world in? Ten minutes to do some sun salutations? Fifteen minutes to sit down and connect with your kid over breakfast? The likelihood is that you spend way more time than that milling over how stressed you are. Make time because these moments are the ones that will set the tone for the rest of your day.
Be flexible, have humor and keep perspective.
A few weeks ago, I was running out of my house to get to work on time when I ran by my stove and somehow managed to smash the mason jar of iced coffee in my hand against the handle of a cast-iron skillet. The jar cut my hand, the coffee went all over the stove, the counter, into the oven, down the side of my pants and into my boot. I burst out laughing because the cut on my hand was minor, because I somehow maximized the amount of cleanup I had to do (including changing my clothes and shoes), and I’m lucky enough to have a job where if I show up late, I can just work late. Because I’ve had many jobs where I don’t get sick days or where I might get fired if I show up late, It’s easy for me to check my privilege. The next morning something goes sideways for you, change your narrative. ‘I got this’, ‘this is going to be a good story when I get to work’, ‘things could be/have been way worse’, ‘what if this was funny and not frustrating?’.
What are things you do to slow your morning down and make it more meaningful? If you have tips for a better morning or a good story about a wonky morning that you turned around, let us know in the comments below!