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My Morning To- Do List/Routine

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My girls have a “Back To School Morning Routine Chart” that keeps them on track and responsible for their own stuff.  The only thing I have to do for them in the mornings is make their lunches and help them with their hair.

I, too, have a morning routine.  Now that I have fewer doctor’s appointments and more energy, I am getting back on track with my routine and I LOVE IT!  My day just runs so much better when I take the time to do my routine each day.

I keep my list online. I have an iGoogle homepage. It allows me to add “gadgets” to the page, depending on my needs.  I added a “To Do List” gadget, and used it to make an A.M. Routine list.  I sometimes us a paper to do list, the one featured above by Clean Mama is a good one!

Here is what is on my list:

~Give Day To God
~Make Bed
~Get Dressed/Hair/Makeup/Teeth
~Empty/Fill Dishwasher
~Fill Water Bottle
~House Pick Up
~Wipe All Glass
~Wipe Bathrooms
~Reboot Laundry
~Go Through Email
~Check Calendar
~What’s For Dinner?
~15 Minutes Zone Work
~5 Minute Hot Spot
~Quiet Time/Prayer Time
~Nutrition Checklist

 Give Day To God
 This is a quick acknowledgement before I even get out of bed, a prayer that God would use me how He sees fit, and that I would be mindful of Him throughout the day.
Make Bed
I do this right when I get out of it!  
 Get Dressed/Hair/Makeup
Sometimes I even shower…lol.
Pretty self explanatory.  I need a good breakfast and to remember to take my vitamins.  There are many morning that I eat with my girls so this is already done before they leave.
Empty/Fill Dishwasher
Part of my girls morning routine is to empty the dishwasher if needed.  This really helps in the morning, because it takes no time to stick the breakfast dishes in, as long as it is empty!
 Fill Water Bottle
I have an EcoVessel water bottle that I love!  I fill it with ice and water in the morning, and it stays icy cold all day.  I never have to add more ice throughout the day, just water.  Love it!
House Pick Up
This one is super easy and a habit.  I just go into each room and make sure there is nothing in there that does not belong.  It is only easy because of my Flylady System (I talk about that below) and also because part of my girls morning and evening charts is “pick up personals,” which means they go into each room of the house and get anything they have left out and put it away.  If they miss something, they will not earn their points for allowance.  We are strict about this, I do not want to follow them around nagging them to pick up every little thing, and I don’t want to pick up everything for them.  “Pick Up Personals” has made a major difference in how easy it is for me to keep the house cleaned up.
 Wipe All Glass
I have a kitchen table and dining room table that both are glass.  They need wiped numerous times a day, especially after my girls have had breakfast at them.
 Wipe Bathrooms
I use Flylady’s “Swish & Swipe” system.  Basically, you keep toilet bowl cleaner in the container of the toilet brush, so everyday you just grab it and do a quick swish (not a good idea if you have small kids, unless your cleaner is non-toxic).  I also take a paper towel and vinegar spray to quick swipe the mirror and sink area.  “Swish & Swipe” keeps the bathroom company ready with just seconds a day. (I do deeper bathroom cleaning once a week, this just keeps it shining throughout the week).  
 Reboot Laundry
A load a day keeps the smellies away!  I am working hard on this one.  It really is doable if I just make myself think about it, which is why it is on the list.
 Go Through Email
If I don’t do this daily, my inbox becomes a mess.  Still learning this one…
 Check Calender
I do this as part of my evening routine, but a quick peek in the morning is always good, too.  I use iCal on my Mac.
 What’s For Dinner?
It is good for me to think about this at the beginning of my day.  Especially when thawing meat is involved or if I want to use the crock pot.  It eliminates last-minute-before-dinner trips to the store because I check to make sure I have all I need at the beginning of the day.
 15 Minute Zone Work
This is also part of the Flylady System.  She divides the home into “zones” and has you work in each “zone” for 15 mintues a day.  At first, those 15 minutes each day are used for de-cluttering.  Once your home is de-cluttered, you use those minutes to do “missions” that she suggests, which basically keeps your home spring cleaned all year, only working 15 minutes a day!  It works beautifully when I actually stick with it daily.  It is tempting to go longer than 15 minutes, but that is when I crash and burn and don’t want to do it again the next day.  If I set my timer for 15 and stop when it beeps, it is a GREAT system.
 5 Minute Hot Spot
Also part of the Flylady System, a “hot spot” is any spot in your home that erupts into clutter easily.  For me, it is our study closet, our desk, our stairs, my trunk, certain drawers, an area that collects clothes in my bedroom…I could go on and on.  Spending 5 minutes a day in a hotspot  keeps these areas under control.  I am amazed at how well this one works.  Again, the key is stopping after 5 minutes and knowing you will have 5 more tomorrow..
 Quiet Time/Prayer Time
This is a must for me.  Time with God enables me to do everything else.  He is my life line.  I love using my prayer bench for this or taking my Bible/journal to a coffee shop for extra extended time.

I posted this list back in the early fall, before my diagnosis.  Under workout, I talked about training for 1/2 marathon with my sister for this spring.  Little did I know the hardest race for my life was about to start.  I may not be running the 1/2 marathon, but after these last 7 months, I KNOW I am strong and could kick some tushie if I really wanted to:)  Despite this inner strength, workout is super important to reduce the risk for recurrence, so I will work hard to make this a habit.
Nutrition Checklist

This is another ‘gadget’ that is on my iGoogle homepage.  It keeps track of how many grains, veggies, fruits, glasses of water, etc.  It is a simple check box system.  It is easy and keeps me aware of what I need throughout the day.

 There are a lot of things on the list that we all do everyday. Seeing them listed makes it seem like a lot, but really, it is not.  Many of them only take a minute or 2.  This is what works for me, it is not for everyone, and it would look different if I went to work full time every day.
It really, really makes a difference in my day when I do these things regularly and purposefully. This list keeps me on track and helps things run smoothly around here!

Also see:
 Keeping Your House Picked Up
A White Board For Chores

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  • KathyC
    April 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Love it..I’m a “flybaby”too! For those who think this list is too long or ambitious…flylady does NOT suggest you start out with all that! You start with “baby steps”..just your morning and evening routines at first, and SHORT ones at that!

    She takes >>31 days<< of babysteps to get to get you to this level. However, I HATE how she has it set up on flylady.net..you have to click each day individually…But if you do a google search of “flylady beginner baby steps morning routine” you’ll find others who have presented it in a more user friendly way…and blogged about their experience/tips/suggests.

  • Amy Bowman
    April 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    @Marbles For Mommy-I’d love to know what it on your list..you are welcome,
    @Craig–your comment made me smile. Thank you for affirming all moms, it IS amazing what they do…it is great that you recognize that. I do have to say, though, I know a whole bunch of hard workin’ men, too!! Loved your comments–thank you.
    @Kathy-write them down, it will make you feel like superwoman:) Thank you for the blog compliments, I am so happy to hear you like the recipes and I will continue to post more whole food type recipes.
    @Ashley–I hope it helps!!
    @DaShannon–I hear you about the “rarely goes as planned” thing!

  • DaShannon
    April 10, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I call my routine my personal plan and although things rarely go as planned it helps me stay focused on what matters most first.

  • Ashley Haupt
    April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Oooo, I need this! Printing it off. 😉

  • MarblesForMommy
    April 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

    That’s a great list! I need to go make one 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Kathy
    April 9, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I LOVE your checklist! I guess I do many of the same things each morning without even thinking about it! haha … I love my morning routine and feel truly out of sorts on the days when I don’t get to do it the way I want {like if I have to rush out of the house for some reason}. PS. I am loving your blog … recently I’ve tried several of the recipes you’ve posted and really love the natural/whole food recipes you share. Thank you!!!
    Kathy =)

  • Craig
    April 9, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I am thoroughly exhausted by your list – and just what’s on it – I’m sure there are a million things not on it that you still find time to do. I know a ton of moms really amazing moms because of blogging in this community – I am constantly amazed at moms – I’m now amazed by you too. God Bless and keep you and all of yours.

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