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Miracle Morning is a book by Hal Elrod that promises to “Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)”. Well, that’s a tall order indeed. Elrod has put personal development best practices into one efficient morning routine.
What are these best practices? You’ve probably heard of all of them and thought to yourself, I should do that now and then!
- Meditation, prayer, or another style of spending moments of silence
- Journaling (Bonus Reading: 15 Benefits of Journaling)
When I first read about this, my first thought was hahahahahaha. There was no way this could be a miracle morning for moms and dads. The morning is abrupt, chaotic, and there’s just not enough time for all that stuff!
I’ve always heard that you have to get up early before the kids if you want to have extra time. I hate getting up earlier than I have to, but the truth is that I’m just not as productive at night. I’m willing to give it a try.
Here’s what my Miracle Morning looks like:
- Wake up at 6am. Dylan and I cosleep, so my alarm is a gentle song that won’t wake him up.
- Meditate for a few minutes, say a few affirmations, and visualize what I want from my day. You can try using a Pinterest board to collect your personal affirmations and visualizations.
- Do my Morning Pages at 750 Words. The Morning Pages idea comes from The Artist’s Way, and there’s also The Artist’s Way for Parents. Morning Pages take me about 15 minutes.
- Exercise for about 10 minutes while my dog looks at me funny and stretches himself awake.
- Make a smoothie (I use one of these!)
- Sit down to read (I’m reading Raising Human Beings right now!) for about 15 minutes.
After all that I have time left over to mess around on the Internet a bit before Dylan and my partner, Joshua, wake up.
Is this routine performing miracles for me?
Well, my streak is only 4 days so far. I’m not super consistent, and the pull to sleep in on the weekends is just too great!
But my weekdays mornings DO have a bit of a miracle quality when I go through this routine.
When I get up early and am productive, I feel like my day is already successful by the time Dylan wakes up. That gives my day a great start. I’m in a good mood and I’m ready to be present with Dylan and my other priorities. Even if the rest of the day has a lazy, slow pace it’s okay!
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Part of what makes this the Miracle Morning for moms and dads is that it makes the evenings better, too. I don’t know about you, but I am often stressed out and a bit twitchy in the evenings. When we have plans the next day I am focused on making picnic lunches, making sure there’s clean laundry, and packing our bags. This preparation is sometimes overwhelming. Now there’s always enough time for in the morning to finish things up from the night before.
Not everyone can get up an hour or two before the rest of the family! There’s one more trick you might need that makes the Miracle Morning work for everyone.
Elrod has a blog post called The (6-minute) Miracle Morning. He talks about how you could devote a single minute to each of these items. They don’t have to be any certain length! You can do each item just as long as you need.
A 6 minute morning routine? Now THAT could be a miracle morning for moms and dads!
Have you ever tried a morning routine like this? Do you think it would work for you?