Why Your Morning Matters + 4 Things I do everyday

I’m a big believer in the power of mornings. How you start your day has a great impact on how you finish it.

Obviously, bad mornings can be redeemed, but I have generally found that in most cases starting a day slowly or lazily leads to a lazy day overall. Now, this is okay some of the time. But it’s good as an occasional restful day and not a normal practice.

On the other hand, starting the day with the Lord and something productive can have a positive impact on the whole day.

Yes, your morning matters! Use these 4 simple tips to get your day off to a great start!

For this reason, I make it a goal to start my morning well. Usually, this leads to a more productive, effective, and peaceful day overall. However, even if it doesn’t, I can look back and know that I was intentional in the way I started the day.

I believe strong mornings are a great start for gaining a more peaceful home.

Time with the Lord

You can read more about this in my Homemaker’s Quiet Time journal, but I believe a daily quiet time {read: time spent in God’s word and in prayer} is absolutely imperative for living an effective life as a Christian. It’s not just another burdensome item on the to-do list, it’s something we need in order to replenish our hearts, minds, and spirits and start the day off right. The world is constantly beckoning us and distracting us. We need to fill our minds and hearts with Him instead.

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 (NIV)

Friends, this world is a dry and parched land. We need the Living Water.

Some things I do during my morning Bible time:

Make a to-do List (and pray over it)

One of the things I do to start my day is to make a to-do list. After I make my list, I pray over it. This might seem silly to some, but for me it’s just another way that I make sure my heart and mind are focused on the Lord, even in the mundane. Because yes, even the mundane, day-to-day stuff matters. And I want to be sure that I am fully in God’s will, even in the small things.

After I’ve made and prayed over my to-do list, I narrow it down to 3 priorities for the day. This allows me to have a feeling of accomplishment. I may not be reasonably able to check off everything on my to-do list, but I can get those 3 things done and feel good about completing them.

I get dressed in real clothes (and shoes)

There may be an occasional lazy day where this doesn’t happen, but typically I make this a part of my daily morning routine. I believe it’s so important to dress appropriately for your day. I don’t wear make up, I usually don’t fix my hair, and my clothes are very simple. But they are real clothes and not the yoga pants I used to live in. I’m just going for showered and decent.

Some benefits of getting fully dressed everyday:

  • You’re more motivated to work.
  • Shoes can help with motivation, and also provide more support for standing/walking jobs, especially if you have hard wood floors and problems with your back, feet, or joints.
  • You are prepared for company and/or can leave at a moment’s notice if necessary
  • You’re ready to face your day.

I make my bed.

This is a small thing, but so important. It’s just one way that I start my day on a productive note, and it’s a small thing that has great impact on the overall neatness of the room. I appreciate it every time I walk into my bedroom throughout the day, and especially when I’m ready for bed in the evening.

There are some other things that are important in starting your day–working out, a good breakfast, etc. but these are the 4 things I do every day (I don’t really consider breakfast a part of my personal morning routine, it’s just a given).

Learn how to make over your morning

If your mornings are struggling, Crystal Paine has a great course to help you. She is sharing her secrets to a great morning and more productive life.

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I’m a long time follower and fan of Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom. She is a time-management ninja. And, she is sharing some of her tips, tricks, and practical advice in this 14-day ecourse, Make Over Your Mornings

One of the things that struck me from the intro video is that one of her goals for this course is for participants to gain more peace in their hearts and homes. I love that! (as you might gather from my recent A Peaceful Home series which was all about that!) And, I truly agree with Crystal that starting your day well can lead to more peace in your home.

In this course you will:

  • Develop a morning routine and before bed routine that actually works—and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • Streamline your morning tasks so that the biggest priorities are accomplished first.
  • Learn how to make to-do lists that support your day, instead of strangle your life.
  • Create realistic, but stretching goals and then follow through with them.
  • Discover the power of accountability and how to implement it into your life.
  • Establish internal and external motivations to create perseverance in your new routines.
  • Find time to refuel your tank and make space in your day for things you love.
  • Experience much more focus, organization, and clarity in your daily life.

Best of all, the material can be completed in just 15 minutes a day. It’s an investment in yourself and your home and family. And, it is completely risk-free. If you aren’t happy with the course, you can contact Crystal after you’ve tried it out and get a refund.

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How do you start your day?



    • Crystal Brothers says

      Love it! These things aren’t necessarily in any particular order either. My bed being made is usually one of the first for me as well.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Great tip! Thanks for sharing. And yes, starting the day out right makes such a huge difference :)

  1. says

    Love these! As a work-from-home mom, I have gotten into the habit of waking up with the boys do and then rushing around all morning in my pajamas… It is so important to have to time to pray, get dressed, and have a little reflection time, which I am going to work on doing!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      So glad to hear that Annie! Yes, it can be difficult to do these things as a WAHM, but I have definitely found that our days run more smoothly when I stick to them.

  2. says

    I’m so thankful to have found this post! I love the tips they are so simple and seem so obvious but really will make a difference. I am going to work hard on trying to be better in all four of these areas! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Lisa says

    I have severe anxiety and I find structure and routine help to alleviate some of those symptoms. Yes, your morning “must dos” are also part of my morning start. Being centered in Christ sets my day and I’m off from there. Thank you for your suggestions. They have certainly helped me!

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