Recently, my morning routine or as I say my morning circus has changed. Last month, I started working from home. Which is a blessing not to have to commute thirty to forty-five minutes every day to a job that is miserable. But it’s not all meditations and relaxing with my coffee over here. I mean I am the mother of a kindergartner and second grader after all.
The School Bell
My kids have to be at school at 7:30 am, in an ideal world I would be up 5 am doing all the things that I worry about getting done during the day that has nothing to do with my work. But I usually pop out of bed between 6-6: 30 am. 6:30 is the absolute latest I can get my kiddos out of bed and be out the door before the tardy bell. And yes, I want my kids to be on time. It will help them later in life. So once I get my darlings off to school, I get back home and try to do things that distract me before I start working for the day.
We recently finished my home office which is great because I used to work at the kitchen counter where I could see ALL the chores that needed to be completed. I suffer from mild anxiety, and with the help of my therapist, it is improving all the time. I don’t think it will ever go away, but I am getting better at dealing with it. So seeing all the clutter just causes it to rear its ugly head. Constantly pinging around my head, do the dishes, ugh the laundry is piling up, THE KIDS SHOES ON THE FLOOR and on, and on… Which as you can imagine is not helpful when you are trying to get other things accomplished. I have found if a do a few of the tasks that bother me the most; I tend to be more productive.
A Clean Room is a Happy Room
My house is by no means spic and span. I have two kids, two dogs, and a husband and I am a freelancer, so my workload can be unpredictable. Plus we are always going to soccer or karate or dinners with family. You get the picture. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t worry about the condition of our house. So once I return home from drop off, if I haven’t already, I make my bed. Even before I bought my new pretty comforter and pillows, I made the bed. It just makes me feel better. If I get nothing else done around the house that simple task helps. The second item on my list, the dishes. I may leave them overnight, but if I don’t do them the next morning, it weighs on me. Rather than spending all day dwelling on it, I spend the five minutes it takes to do them and move on. After that, I spend a few minutes picking up random things.
I guess I could insert here that everyone else should help, etc. And I do make my kids pick up after themselves, but now that I work from home, I do what I can to make it easier on me. For example, I discovered that I am more productive in the morning, so I try to be on my computer by 8:30 or 9. Which means getting house chores down before or at lunch.
It’s Okay if You Can’t Do All the Things
Some mornings, like this morning it’s hard for me to focus with all that swirl’s around in my head. So I try to go for a walk. And hey, I know that not everyone has the flexibility I do, but you can still make it work. Figure out what makes your mornings stressful and think of ways that you can take some stress off. Other than sedating your children. Just kidding. If you are a night owl, for example, get some of your to-do items marked off after everyone goes to bed, so your mornings aren’t so crazy. I like to fold laundry after everyone is in bed and binge watch Friends.
Don’t get it twisted though. We aren’t skipping around the house singing songs from the Sound of Music every morning. I am still screeching like a howler monkey for my kids to get ready or to eat or to make sure their backpacks have all their crap in it. But having a plan for the other things keeps me from exploding. Also on a side note, having an idea on what they are wearing the night before helps, setting it out is even better, but hey sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Actually, most of the time that it ain’t happening. And that’s okay.
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