Saturday, 14 May 2016

5 Steps to a Balanced Monday Morning

Whilst its the weekend I know we try and not think of Monday morning, however before we know it, it will be back again.

Are your Monday morning's hectic, whilst trying to get ready for work, whilst getting the kids dressed and out of the door.

No-one said being a working mum would be easy, but here are 5 steps to help you achieve that delicate Monday morning balance:

Be prepared.  
If need be, pack your child’s lunch the night before - pack your lunch the night before. Do your washing and ironing on the weekend so that all clothes are hung and ready to go; prepare at least 5 outfits for each member of the family over the weekend and have your partner and children assist you in the process.

Set your alarm clock 10-15 minutes earlier.
Allow yourself more time in the morning.  If need be, go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier to make up for the time difference. Wake up before your kids to shower and dress (or try to!).  

Keep breakfast simple and healthy.  
If you feel that you just don’t have the time for breakfast, try keeping bananas (and other easy to eat fruit) and vitamin fortified cereal bars handy and ready to grab and go.  

Set a routine for you and your family and stick with it.  
Our bodies crave routine and that’s a fact.  Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.  Sticking with a schedule will make it easier to effectively manage that Monday morning balancing act.  

Divide your morning into phases.  
For example, phase 1:  Eat Breakfast, phase 2:  Get Dressed, etc.  Set the phases in 15-30 minute time increments (phasing increments can vary, depending on the overall time you give yourself).  Attempting to accomplish everything at once will only lead to chaos and confusion.  Help your family stay within the proper phase and ask them to also pitch in and help.  Encourage your family to stick to the morning phases to keep things running smoothly.

The key to achieving any balance, especially that Monday morning balance, is being prepared.  Try a more organized approach to your Monday mornings and you will find that they turn out to be a lot smoother and less stressful for everyone.

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