One such way to do accomplish this is by having a morning ritual.
I am a big fan of the morning ritual. It is the reason I can function in the morning!
However, there is one thing that most of the people talking about the morning ritual skips right over.
And that is how a mom entrepreneur, especially if the kids are elementary age or younger, can actually manage to pull off a ritual on a regular basis.
The standard advice is that you just need to wake up early, but every mom knows the second they wake up early the kids sense you are trying to have time to yourself and wake up with you!
Thus many mom entrepreneurs just skip the morning ritual.
I am here to tell you that it is possible to have a ritual! I have had a morning ritual since my son was an infant (and he was not a good sleeper so almost always awake with me).
Following are some ways to make your own morning ritual that works.
This can be a broad theme for being a mom entrepreneur, but this really is the key in successfully having a morning ritual.
You cannot expect that you will be able to get through your entire ritual every day.
Don’t get your heart set on having this idealistic morning. Your kids have other plans for you! (Click to Tweet)
By setting realistic expectations, you will be happier when you do get to do your full morning, it will be a welcome surprise.
Don’t feel like you have to do everything exactly as everyone else.
If meditating is not for you, don’t choose that. Choose things that you need to allow yourself to be focused and ready for the day. This is about your morning and not some middle age man’s morning or even a young female college graduate’s morning – it is yours!
When my son was an infant my ritual only involved one thing – reading an industry magazine with a nice cup of coffee. For me this was perfect, as I love to read, needed to be updated on my industry and coffee is required as I am not a morning person. This also worked with me, because if my son did wake up, I could feed him his bottle and then rock him while reading. It was a win for me, but did not really fit into anyone’s suggested morning ritual.
Fun side note: I even tried to get mom bonus points by reading my trade journal out loud to my son. They say that reading to your children from an early age can help language skills and school success. This is also why he probably fell right back to sleep after eating!
There will be mornings, heck there will be weeks, where you just can’t get to your morning ritual. Do not let that become your excuse for not maintaining a ritual. Just keep trying everyday and eventually you will get the chance to complete it.
I can promise those of you with young kids that it does get easier. The older my son gets the more he wants to sleep in and I have more mornings that I actually get my entire routine in! This has also allowed me to expand my rituals beyond just reading. Now I can mediate, check my schedule and read, with coffee of course!
Don’t lose hope, you can have your own morning ritual – you just need to make it fit the mom way of life!
I would love to hear how you get your morning ritual time in and what you do, please comment below.