My alarm clock starts blaring, and I generally hit the snooze bar. I can’t help it – I’m soooo not a morning person! When I finally manage to roll out of bed, I already feel like I’m getting a late start on the day. The first 59 minutes after my alarm goes off are the most hectic and often the most stressful part of my day!
My boys wake up before sunrise every weekend, but on school days I find myself having to coerce and drag them out of bed. I try to be gentle because I know how much I hate being woken up, too, but rousing three sleepy kids can be a lengthy task. I can feel my stress rising with each passing minute! Luckily, once they’re out of bed, they’re all fairly good about getting dressed and ready for the day without my assistance (thank goodness!).
Ikea recently conducted a study that showed 49% of adults age 35+ cite getting their children ready for the day as their #1 morning stress. I’m so glad to know that I’m not alone in my struggle! The survey also revealed that 72% of respondents said that a stressful morning affected the rest of their day, and I couldn’t agree more.
I dress myself and head downstairs to start making lunches. I homeschool my older two boys, but Simon attends preschool three days a week, so I find myself making lunches bright and early most mornings. Having our lunches prepped and ready for the day makes homeschool lunch break run more smoothly as well, so I often make lunches for all three boys as soon as I wake up.
The kids grab their own breakfast, and before I know it, it’s already time to head out the door for preschool drop-off. But first, “where’s my lunchbox?” and “where’s my other shoe?”
According to the Ikea study, 88% of Americans eat breakfast during the week, so it looks like all those lessons about breakfast being the most important meal of the day have been taken to heart! Unfortunately, I fall into the 12% of folks who don’t eat breakfast on a regular basis, and I’m 100% sure that it effects the rest of my day. By mid-morning I’m usually cranky, lacking energy, and rushing the boys to finish their lesson so that we can take a snack break. I really need to implement some changes around here so that I have the necessary fuel to complete my morning tasks!
Luckily, I have been working with Ikea on a new program called “First :59,” which is built to share ideas about morning routines that will help people make most out of the first hour of their day. Obviously we’ve identified a few of my biggest morning challenges, and I’m really excited about the solutions that the IKEA First :59 panelists have developed to help make the First :59 minutes of my day a little easier. I’m headed out on an Ikea shopping trip to pick up a few essentials, and I can’t wait to share the results with you – stay tuned!