Morning Power Hour Routine.

February 20, 2018

 

I used to be a morning person. Emphasis on used to be. I would wake up and practically leap out of bed. What on earth. Who leaps out of bed?! What is morning energy? Those days are long gone. Is it even possible to still have an effective morning routine despite the groggy head starts these days? After trying this power hour for a few months now, I am convinced it makes a night and day difference on my day.

On the two days a week my little ones go to school, they are getting up at 6:30, so I do this routine after we drop them off at school. There are days I get to bed way too late, and others where I have no motivation to get up in the morning, but I am fighting for this power hour more than ever because ultimately a much better version of me is the result. Breaking it down below.

POWER HOUR:

6:30 – Rise. Get dressed. Ten minutes of skin care + makeup routine. (This just helps me shake the sluggish feeling, and ready to face the day.)

6:45 – Matcha + meditation. (I have been trying to cut back on coffee, and this collagen matcha latte powder is a nice wake up without the caffein crash.) I grab my planner and prayer book, and find a good spot in my room or living room to have reflection time. This really helps me adjust my attitude for the day as well as re-focus on things that matter most. I’ve also been trying out the Headspace app, and really like using it for reminders to unwind at different points throughout the day. Particularly right before the battle of the dinner hour.

7:00 – Planner + daily goals. This is where I do general time blocking and try to go over things I need to remember for the day. I do this by week on Sundays, and then take a few minutes in the mornings to go over and adjust where needed during this hour. I try to set weekly and daily goals for not only business related things, but personal and family goals. I have tried several planners, and I keep going back to either the Happy Balance Planner or Erin Condren.

7:15 – Toning – I am at a point in life where I just don’t have the hour a day to exercise. I am lucky if I squeeze in cardio once a week. For now, ten to fifteen minutes of toning will have to do! I know if I save it for later in the day it will never happen, so this is the time I get it out of the way. I want to be able to keep up with my kids as they grow, and I notice a difference in energy level if I can work in strength toning. Many times if my little ones see me doing this they join in as well. I will post my favorite toning routines soon over on IHODwellness instagram.

7:30 – Make and serve breakfast.

I make a point not to check emails or social media for the first hour of my day. It makes a big difference for me to stay away from mental clutter and allow the quiet to be a starting point for reflection.

 

Of course, I am at a time where I am not waking up multiple times a night with little ones, so if you are there, your power hour should be a power nap! If mornings are just a huge struggle to function, maybe you can aim for an hour before bed instead to prepare for your next day.

What are some of the tricks that make your days flow better? I’d love to hear!

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  • I wish I was a morning person too! I’m just so bad at going to bed early. I wish you good luck in becoming a morning person again – you can do it! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • I’ve been trying to do this but we’ve got a cuddle-bug co-sleeping arrangement going on and nearly every time I wake up early to get things done Lucas comes and finds me. It has been a point of frustration but when it happened Thursday I reflected on Parkland and realized I’ll take the cuddles and forego the quiet time when I need to. That said, I have started journaling to remove myself from the computer more (I do it for work or I’d love a complete shut down) and my husband and I have been doing yoga together at home. I’d been encouraging him to do it for years (he’s a gym rat) and now he loves it.

    Also the color tones in that pictures <3

  • This year I’ve tried my Power Hour before the kids wake up. I set an alarm for 5:30 and sit in dim lighting in quiet until the kids wake up, which they do between 6-6:30.

    My attitude is much more positive in the day if I get that quiet time. Unfortunately, we live in an old house with squeaky floors so it’s like Mission Impossible getting past the kids bedrooms and downstairs without them hearing me, but I’m getting pretty good avoiding the creaky spots.

    • I commend you for getting up at 5:30! Incredible. My sister does the same. Laughed about your squeaky floors, I have been there! There was always a squeaky spot in our old house in the hall, and I swear every time I stepped in the spot my kids would wake!

  • I need to be better about adding toning to my routine on days when I know I’m not going to be able to get a run or a bike ride in!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • Nice post! I don’t know why, but with Baby #5 I have been able to get up before everyone else to pray and plan and have that cup of coffee.. I think it’s because I know how much more I need these recharging quiet moments then the extra 20 minutes of sleep to power thhrough our crazy days.

  • Thanks for sharing your mourning routine, it’s always inspiring hearing how others manage their busy mornings! I need to implement the toning and getting out of bed at a regular time, my babies 6 months and it’s time again. Do shower at night? That seems to be the hardest part of my day to schedule, lol!

    • Hi Sheila,
      Thanks for reading! Yes, I shower at night because that is something that helps me unwind at the end of the day, and made me feel like I had a more effective power hour in the morning! It’s always adjusting to make our lives flow isn’t it? Like a puzzle – ha!

  • My morning is similar but instead of toning I do a power walk with inspiring music to get my body moving and my mind awake. Also I started a thing with my planner where the first two sections are reserved for the most important things. Section 1 is for God and my heart. So here I keep favorite prayers etc. Section 2 is for my husband and each child. Each has a page and I jot down thoughts about them and skills I want my children to learn. Also I write down their individual strengths so I can remember to praise them for their identity and unique gifts. It helps me remember to put them first before my work to dos of the day and reminds me to schedule in things like “take a walk with my oldest son” so that I don’t forget the important stuff that is definitely not urgent but in the long run matters immensely. But I won’t make it happen unless I look through my planner very intentionally during my morning. I am loving this section of your business Anna. Keep up the good work!

    • Cal, thank you so much for sharing that. Wow such a beautiful way to encourage your family. I was actually thinking about this yesterday when I had the intention of doing an art lesson with my kids, and ran out of time. I thought, I need to plan these things as a priority as well so they don’t get shuffled to the side. Thank you for this!

  • Ina Miller

    I try so hard to wake up for some morning peace and quiet but rarely do, this post is my new motivation! I love when I do get a head start, my days are always so much better. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • It can be so hard. Some days I definitely stay up to late and miss my power hour even though I know it’s going to make my day harder! Takes a long time to bust habits.

  • I just read “The Miracle Morning” and have begun revisiting my morning routine as an opportunity to set myself up for a positive productive day. It’s great to hear how others get their days started and what works for them to shake off the sleep and set the right intentions. I may have to steal some of your routine! Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.fizzandfade.com

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! My Mom has always told me that once I became a mother I would have to ‘use your minutes’ instead of waiting for big blocks of time but I somehow have a mental block with that. It always feels so hurried if it is 10 minutes here and 5 minutes there. Your routine sounds so manageable though and actually restful! I admire your time management so much! One question, what are your kiddos doing while you are doing this routine on they days they are at home? If your husband has them how do you balance him having time like this as well? (whoops, guess I had two questions).

    • Hi Molly, thank you so much! It has become a forced need, so have learned to make the most of it! I used to fly by the seat of my pants during the day -ha! So the days they aren’t going to school, they don’t get up till 7:30, so Gabe actually also gets up and gets his day going so we are both prepared when all the little feet start running:) On the days they go to school we all get up at 6:30am so it looks a little different on those two days. Hope that makes sense!

  • Thanks for sharing about this! Oh man, I used to be a morning person as well, but then I had a kid and am now pregnant with our second. I still love mornings, but getting out of bed is a struggle! Recently, my husband and I attended this retreat that focused on the importance of praying together as a couple, so we’ve FINALLY gotten into a good morning routine of Scripture reading, silent prayer alone, and prayer out loud together before starting our day. That’s all fine and good, but usually after this point, I lose that momentum rather quickly. These are some great ideas and I think I’ll try to add some of this structure to my mornings to help me keep going after prayer time 🙂

  • Christina

    Hey Anna- I love this post and was so inspired! I don’t know how early I can get up but I’m thinking of ways to sneak in some quiet time. I wanted to ask if you had ever taken the collagen while pregnant? Thanks for all your great posts!!!

  • Yes! My power hour includes some cleaning as well, otherwise I feel behind all day. It’s hard to get up so early, but definitely worth it. I have to ask: where are your pink flats from? Love them!

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