I’ve always been a morning person. For most of my life I’ve been the girl who naturally wakes up at 6:00 AM alert and ready to take on the day. I’d get dressed, have my coffee, do devotions and go about a variety of tasks before heading out the door.
Last fall, I unexpectedly got sick and one of the biggest changes I experienced was that mornings became extremely difficult. It was no longer easy to wake up early. I struggled to do basically everything, which left me stressed out and wondering what happened to the old me.
Now that I have to work hard at my morning routines, I realize I took it for granted… naturally being a morning person, that is. On the plus side, I’m now 6 months into experimenting with a variety of morning routines, trying to find what will work best for me. After testing, failing, and testing some more, I can tell you one thing I have learned; consistent morning routines aren’t for the faint of heart (full disclosure, I fail all the time!). But, I have learned a secret about why it’s worth it to set your alarm on the early side and not hit snooze: momentum.
The Power of Effective Morning Routine
As I’ve been researching and experimenting with different routines, the element of momentum comes up repeatedly.
Newton’s First Law of Motion states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. He’s talking about momentum. Applied to morning routines, this law of physics might read, “A person who is slow to get started tends to stay slow and a person who gets up with a plan tends to be productive.”
I know this to be true in my own life. I’m having one of those slow days today. I slept in and stayed in my pajamas. I’ve kind of puttered around the house while the kids played, and slowly tidied up. By 3:00, half the day is done and I feel like not much was accomplished. Newton’s First Law proves itself even in PJs: “An object at rest tends to stay at rest…”
I’ve noticed that when I wake up and have a productive start to my day, I am more likely to remain motivated and continue to get stuff done. Productivity proves the law too; “…an object in motion tends to stay in motion.”
Having a consistent morning routine allows you to gain the momentum you need to get stuff done during your day.
When Being Human Messes Up Your Momentum
Here’s my problem: I am human and even with the best intentions I often struggle to get this right. I’m often tired, lazy or selfish. I know what I want to do, but don’t always do it.
This reminds me of Romans 7:15 where the author confesses similar struggles; “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it…”.
The great news is, bumbling forward in the try-fail-try again of it all is character growth in action.
We parents are balancing many plates in a day. We have a lot to get done. We have work to do, children to raise, marriages to maintain, houses to clean, meals to cook, friends to see, and volunteering to do. Like it or not, we need to spend our days in motion.
Does your morning routine create momentum for the rest of your day?
If not, prayerfully consider how you might change it.
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Jerrah-Lee is a middle school teacher with two young kids. She’s been married for nearly 12 years to her husband, Kevin. She loves learning and in recent years has focused her attention on brain science and healthy family relationships. She also enjoys learning about how to organize her family life in a way that is practical and balanced.