I recently became a Work-At-Home Mom and trying to find a schedule that allowed me to get my work done AND spend time with my kids without feeling guilty was leaving me frazzled and stressed. My toddler is not a great napper so working during nap time is not reliable. I tried to squeeze in some work while she was busy with independent play and my baby was sleeping but as soon as she saw me working she wanted to “work” too. It was game over.
I needed a plan and I needed it fast.
Since my toddler is up from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., I realized that if my best opportunity to get quality work done is when I have the most mental focus and energy, aka my kids are asleep, then I’m going to have to get up earlier.
I just so happened to stumble over the book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and after skimming, it sounded like my life-saver! So, I decided to dig in and give it a try!
The premise of Miracle Morning is starting your day at 5 AM—YES, 5AM—and spending time on YOU before the world is awake. It includes time to pray or meditate, read a personal development book of some kind, journaling, affirmations, looking over your vision board, exercising, and anything you need to work on.
This is just an example and not every minute is accounted for (leave room to be spontaneous and fun), but this.
Since joining the 5am club a few weeks ago, it really has transformed my mornings! I can get so much accomplished when my kids are still sleeping. It allows me to get work done without feeling guilty that I’m not playing with my kids and play with my kids without thinking about work. Bonus, I’m actually able to drink my coffee hot! I know as a Mom it can be challenging to get up before we have to, especially if you have small kids and you’re getting up in the middle of the night, however, when I’m able to spend some time on ME, I’m actually a better Mom and I don’t feel as frazzled.