I know you’re cringing just reading the phrase “morning routine.” I know that because my brow furrows and lips purse, too, to think of holding myself accountable to even one more thing.
But hang in with me for just a minute…
This morning routine doesn’t include all the hard stuff. No sweating to a 30-minute workout video. No spending 20 minutes over a frying pan of homemade pancakes for the kids. I’m not asking you to get up an hour before the kids to fit in a shower and full face of makeup. I know how impossible that all feels. I know how hard that would be.
This morning routine is different.
This super simple 3 step morning routine is all for you and all about you.
Now, I’m not saying that exercise and hearty kids’ breakfasts and the occasional hot shower are bad. Yes, you might want those in your morning, too. But this little 3 step routine is about making time for yourself amidst all that other craziness.
How to Be a Better Mom – with Just a Simple 3 Step Morning Routine
First, let B-Inspired Mama sponsor, Jimmy Dean, take care of breakfast. No need to over think or worry about what you’re having when new Jimmy Dean Delights Frittatas are in the freezer waiting for you.
Since they’re made with real ingredients, like whole eggs, lean meat, and real vegetables, they’re an excellent source of protein and contain 9-10g of carbs per serving, making them a delicious wholesome breakfast option. And one which only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to be ready on busy mama mornings. (Psst… My favorite is the Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage and Bacon Frittatas variety!)
Now, sit down with your breakfast and this one-page day planner. It can be a few minutes before the kids usually get up. Or right at the breakfast table with them. There’s no perfect time for this. Just do it.
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Honestly, I hesitate to call it a day “planner,” because it’s not about making elaborate schedules for your day.
I don’t know about you, but I’m so over planning out my crazy busy days just to feel frustrated at the end of them when the days don’t go as planned. And to feel ashamed of myself when I can’t seem to make filling out a complicated planner a daily habit.
So this “planner” has only THREE things for you to think about and fill in:
- One spot for 3 things you are thankful for;
- one spot for 3 things to do during the day; and
- one spot for your “MAMA MANTRA” for the day.
Let’s break those down…
1. THREE Things You Are Thankful For
It’s a wide held belief that expressing gratitude for the things and people in our life is good for us. But there’s research to back that up, too. Harvard Medical School outlines such research on gratitude in this article, explaining…
“In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
So I think that makes a pretty good way to start your day, don’t you?
2. THREE Things to Do
Yes, there are probably more things on your to-do list. But this day planning sheet only asks for 3. The 3 most important things that NEED to get done that day. Sure, you might get more done. But won’t it feel great and empowering when you get these 3 done by the end of the day?
3. Your “Mama Mantra” for the Day
What the honeysuckle is a Mama Mantra?
mama mantra – n. a saying, quote, or verse to read and/or repeat to yourself throughout the day to help you be a better parent.
(That’s not an official definition, by the way. It’s just from the dictionary of Krissy.)
Examples of Mama Mantras:
- This too shall pass.
- I am the perfect mother for my children.
- Good moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, and happy kids.
- Today I will choose to be happy.
- Just take a deep breath.
- There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.
- For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13
- And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Take some time to think about your parenting struggles and choose something to help you through them. It doesn’t have to be a famous quote or well-known saying. It can just be a positive self-talk statement, like “I will focus on the positive.” And it can be the same one every day if you want, too. Maybe you need to re-write and re-read the same one over and over each day for a month. Or maybe you pick a new one each week. There is no exact science here.
Check out some of my blogging mama friends thoughts on mantras:
- Parenting Mantras: Make that Little Voice in Your Head a Positive One – Picklebums
- Parenthood Mantras: How to Have a Peaceful Home with Children – Dirt & Boogers
- Noticing the Seeds: A Mantra for Parents Who Feel They Haven’t Accomplished Anything Today – Not Just Cute
- 30 Inspirational Quotes for Moms – The Military Wife and Mom
Don’t forget to grab your FREE “Better Mama” Day Planner:
That’s it. Just fill those 3 simple things in while eating your wholesome breakfast (Thank you very much, you deliciously easy Jimmy Dean Delights Frittatas!), do a little coloring on the day planner sheet (which is also believed to relieve stress) if you have time, and start your day on track to be a better mom!
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