3 Tips to Start Each Day

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Mornings at back-to-school time can be crazy. Especially when you have a spouse that leaves before 5, a child that leaves by 6 for cross country and then comes back home to get clean for school, a child that leaves, oh, as late as possible, and yourself, a teacher, who needs to leave by 7.

Add in only one bathroom and things get ugly.

So, we definitely have to have a plan at our house to get the day off to a good start.

1. Shower Schedule

For starters, we split up shower times. Some of us have to shower at night before bed. Some of us have to shower early, as in after dad leaves and before child 1 comes home from cross country. Then child one gets in the shower at 7.

2. Prepare the Night Before

We also make it a point to lay out all clothes and supplies the night before. If kids need papers signed, lunch money checks, or extra things for sports after school, it has to be done before bed the night before. I don’t do these things in the morning while I’m getting ready for school.

When we make sure everything is ready for the next day before we go to bed, then the morning is less stressful and frantic.

1. Prayer

The best tip for getting the day off to a good start, however, is prayer.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3

When I can focus on God first thing in the morning, it directs my thoughts for the whole day. I start the day intentionally looking for ways to bless others and do God’s will in all of my tasks.

What could possibly be a better way to start the day?

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9 comments

  • Sorry what were the three points? I only counted two, organisation and a prayer, or have I missed the third?

  • I love this. We are Messianic Jews and still follow the custom of praying the Modeh Ani when we wake up. It’s a very simple prayer, but profound. It recognizes that we are only waking for another day through the grace and mercy of our creator, submits ourselves to His authority and helps us to prepare for the day in the right mindset.

    Many blessings!

  • I agree that organization is the best policy. I lay out my clothes for the next day still, even after 70 years. It’s harder to think first thing in the morning. And as for preparing your mind; directing your thoughts to your creator sets you on the right track.

    • Francene,

      I imagine once we get into the habit, it becomes part of our life rather than a daily decision! I haven’t managed to apply the concept to other areas of my life, but I’m doing decent with the prepare the night before one!

  • A friend seriously ill with cancer, told me, some two years into her experience, that “the best part of waking up is waking up.” I try to start each day in gratitude that the opportunity of waking up has been granted me. Prayer is an excellent vehicle for doing just that.

  • I love this. This was me this morning- extra nervous because my oldest was starting Pre-K. I kept waking up in the middle of the night as if it were MY first day of school. Prayer helps!!