A recent poll has revealed that women comprise 46.2% of all employees in Australia, and 28.1% of women work full-time, while 21% of women work part-time. Some women employees are working mothers, and it can be a challenge to cope with the demands of a career while caring for a family. However, it is important for working mums to take some time to establish a good morning routine in order to be more efficient during the day. A great morning routine not only sets the entire tone for the rest of the day, but it can also set you up for success in the long run.
Why should you establish a good morning routine?
It has been said that having a good morning routine can help you be at your best in the workplace. Carving out a few minutes of your day every morning to prepare yourself can also improve concentration, increase productivity, lower stress levels, and lead to having a better memory. Moreover, the few minutes that you spend to take care of your health and well-being can put you in a good mood throughout the day and even help you bounce back from stressful situations. Here are some ways that busy working mums can create a successful morning routine for success.
Exercise is a great way to start your day as not only is it satisfying, but it gives working mothers a sense of achievement that can keep you motivated throughout the day. You don’t even have to go to the gym early—just 15 minutes of jogging, brisk walking, or running on the treadmill can burn a few calories and energise you in preparation for a busy day.
Busy working mums rarely have time to sit down for a nutritious meal, but you shouldn’t underestimate the power of a good breakfast. Eating breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism and it can help you stay focused and alert throughout the day. In addition to your morning cup of coffee or tea, choose healthy fare for your first meal of the day, such as eggs, oatmeal, and fruit.
Plan your day
If you’re anticipating a stressful workday, it makes sense to sit down with a piece of paper or your daily planner and just take a few minutes to plan your day. Jot down the things that you have to do for work and tasks that you need to accomplish after work. Doing so will help you to be more organised, and ticking off a task can be very satisfying as you go through your lists.
Some working mothers work in front of computers the whole day, so for your morning routine, it’s a good idea to unplug and avoid checking social media accounts or Internet news outlets before your work day starts. The Internet can be full of negative news and feeds that can leave you in a less-than-cheerful mood, so steer clear of all the online negativity before your day starts.
Connect with your loved ones
Spending a few minutes reconnecting with your partner or your children will not only improve your relationship, but it also reminds you of the things that really matter in life. Talk about your hobbies or make plans for the weekend. Avoid discussing anything negative or being critical or angry in the morning. This way, you leave for work feeling motivated and cheerful, and loved ones will also benefit from the extra time spent bonding in the morning.
Create a good morning routine that works for you. Not only will you be at your best the whole day, but it can also lead to success and happiness in your work and family life.
Contribution from freelance writer, Jenny Holt.
About the Author:
Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a time management & stress management enthusiast based in Alice Springs, Australia. She has spent over 20 years working in time precious and stressful industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. She has always had a burning passion for creating order and making sense of things. She is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional development in the business environment through workshop training, coaching, mentoring, online training programmes, webinars and as a guest speaker around Australia. Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbclifford.