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How to Create Your Morning Routine

How to Create Your Morning Routine

Last week we talked about creating an evening routine in order to have a smoother morning. You can read about that and get the free printable here. With school starting in a few weeks, many of us will be changing up our morning routine. This year T will be enrolling in an early learning program for the first time so there will be new things to add to our routine. The following are the steps to follow when transitioning to a new routine.

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1. Perform a brain dump of everything that needs to get done in the morning. This should include absolutely everything including what you already do now.

2. Once you see everything listed out, dole out the tasks to who will accomplish them. Maybe mom dresses the baby and dad helps dress the toddler. Maybe mom puts lunch in the bag while dad puts the baby in the car seat. Everyone shock have jobs to do and they should know what they are. This will help mornings run much more smoothly. There will be far less confusion.

3. Put together a schedule. With more things to do in the morning it’s good to put together a time table of when things should get done. This way you know if you are on time or not. Everyone should have their own schedule. You don’t want to have to look through a bunch of items to figure out what you need to do. Have a toddler who can’t read? Use pictures to create his or her morning routine. For example toucan have a picture of toothpaste and a toothbrush followed by a picture of clothes and then a picture of breakfast.

4. At least a week before school, have a trial run of your routine. See if anything needs to be changed or times tweaked. Practice until you think it’s just right.

5.  Build an extra few minutes into your routine for the inevitable mishap. Things happen. The baby has a blowout just as you’re leaving the house or the toddler spills juice on his school clothes. It’s best to have a few minutes built in to accommodate these types of events.

Are you ready for back to school or are you dreading it? I just registered T yesterday and it got very real.  While I’m excited for T to make new friends and have stories to tell of what he did, I still can’t believe how fast he’s growing up.

In the meantime, we will enjoy whats left of summer.



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Emily Bendler is a mom, wife, full-time insurance adjuster, professional dancer, dance teacher, graduate student, and founder of I Hope You Dance, Inc., a non-profit supporting youth dance. Read how Emily used her dance ambitions to become a time management maven using the about me link in the main menu. Feel free to send Emily a message using the contact page which can be found in the main menu under About Me.

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Rebecca Bakofsky

Hi Emily! I don’t have children just yet, but this is still super helpful. It is very hard for me to get started in the morning – I am going to try utilizing these steps!

Diana Lynn

Thanks for sharing!!!

Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor

I agree, to-do lists are totally key! I wouldn’t get anything done without them – I usually create one the night before I can be prepared the next day!


Great tips! We are starting school on the 29th, so we just started to wake up earlier and trying out what works and what doesn’t in the morning.


A list always gives me such relief. Great tip!


These are some really good tips. I’ve been trying to work on my morning routine.


Such great tips! I always wake up so scatterbrained and I don’t even have kids lol.
Definitely keeping this post in mind.


Hi Emily~ There are some great strategies no matter how old your kids are! I would also suggest picking what you are going to wear the next day the night before. This really can cut the drama in the morning for all ages as well. Blessings!!

Cath @ This Mama Learns

I can see I have a lot of work to do in the morning routine department. I am NOT a morning person at all and once you add in late nights blogging… well… it just gets messy. Maybe a routine would help?


Great advice. Thanks for sharing.

Suzy @ In The Lyons Den

Great tips! If the morning isn’t organised it can really change how it runs and the mood that everyone is in. If everything is chaos then usually the kids get more frantic too! Does make life easier for getting to school!