I touched on getting my morning routine going in this post.
- Special Treat: One of the biggest things for me is to have something to look forward to when I get up. For me, that is coffee. I love drinking coffee in the mornings and just the thought of it helps to motivate me (I know… sad, huh?).
- Quiet Time: I desperately need this time to get my heart and mind ready. Satan often helps me make excuses as to why this time isn’t important. I have to audibly pray for strength and focus so this time isn’t done in vain. I don’t want to simply read words or babble to God, I want it to be impactful- that takes focus. When I have priorities in order, my days flow so much better.
- Time Incentive: Another incentive is after my quiet time, I get to enjoy a few minutes on my blog, instagram, or Pinterest. I limit heavily my morning time on the computer/phone while the kids are awake. And, during school, it is off limits unless Mark calls or texts. Getting up earlier means I get more time doing those things I enjoy prior to the kids waking.
- Less Stress: When I am laying in bed at 5:45 talking myself into and out of getting up, I remind myself how much nicer mornings are when I am up and smiling at the kids when they come into the kitchen, rather than shooing them away as I lay in bed. I love having the table set and everything prepared when the kids come for breakfast. I like to have my clothes on, bed made, and coffee brewed before they scamper up to eat. Many times, this is enough push to get me to get up!