Jumpstart Your Morning
Morning Person or Night Owl?
Fast and Nutritious Breakfast Ideas
We recently became a one-income family when I got laid off from the company where we both have been working for several years. I am now learning how to be valuable as the stay-at-home partner. My husband asked me this morning to be more supportive getting him to work on time in the morning, something that has been a trial for both of us all our lives, even before we met each other or started 10-to-6 jobs. I need ideas to help him, which led me to your newsletter. Do any of your readers have suggestions?
Economizing in Oakland
I have found one of the best things I could do to be on time in the morning is to have as much done the night before as I could. Things like:
Also, I took note of my habits and how I felt in the morning to see what I could change or modify. I knew I stretched in the morning, and had a habit of going back to sleep for 15 - 20 minutes. So, I set my alarm earlier to help with that. I also put my alarm clock on the other side of the room so I had to get up to turn it off. When I realized I was always so sleepy, I tried to figure out the reason (not enough hours of sleep, not really resting due to stress or not being comfortable, bad diet, etc). Once I realized the reasons I wasn't resting comfortably, I took steps to cure that as well. That led me to being more alert in the morning and as a result, I got ready and out the door faster.
My morning schedule went under the microscope as well. I rearranged the order that I did some things and saved quite a bit of time. If traffic is a problem, look at when it's a little better and see about changing your work schedule. I used to start work at 7 a.m., but found that a lot of other folks did too and traffic was a bear. I changed my start time to 7:15, but still woke up in the morning at the same time. In just those few minutes, I found myself in the middle of traffic "waves" in the morning and got to work faster (saved $$$ on gas) and the extra 15 minutes in the morning was a huge blessing.
I've been a stay-at-home wife and mom for 4 years now. With only one income to live on, getting my husband out the door for work is my most important job each morning. These may seem like no-brainer ideas, but it works for us.
Again these are pretty simple, but it does require teamwork.
It took me 45 years to find out that the problem is not "getting up" in time, it's going to bed the night before. It takes more discipline to force yourself to bed at a decent time than it does to start an exercise habit, but both will give you tremendous results. It's still a nightly battle, but the discipline success feeds other areas of my life. Best of luck.
One of the things that helped us simplify things in the morning was setting a Bedtime Routine. Taking care of several things in the evening, before going to bed, can make getting ready in the morning a pleasant experience. Laying out clothing, packing lunches, even setting the breakfast table can save time in the morning. And when things go smoothly, everybody has a better day.
Try www.flylady.net for good information on planning routines. Flylady offers help for those who are in C.H.A.O.S. (can't have anybody over syndrome) but even if you aren't in chaos, she can help!
Sign up for our free weekly eNewsletter Surviving Tough Times.
Looking for an answer to a frugal living question? Click here to ask a
Dollar Stretcher Stretchpert!