Are you a night owl or an early bird? When is your brain most engaged and energized in the day? If you are like me, my brain tends to shut down sometime after dinner, which makes it hard for me to finish the dishes and clean the kitchen. All my mind wants to do is relax with my kids before they go to bed.
So because I am more of an early bird, I get up early in the morning, wash dishes that didn’t get washed the night before, fold and put away laundry and pick up the living room before the day begins. It’s also a good time to do devotionals, when your mind is clear and not already occupied with the million errands and details we know we need to tend to during the day.
Exercise is also great in the morning. You can boost your energy level for the day as well as the all-important stretching after a workout that gets the kinks out from the previous night’s sleep.
As an added benefit, as long as you can get these things done early in the day (or late in the day if you are a night owl), you will still have a good chunk of your day in the middle to enjoy with friends, working or children, guilt free! Knowing that I was able to accomplish so much when my brain was energized and ready for the day reduces a huge amount of stress and provides me with the motivation to get out of bed in the morning with a firm routine in mind.