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I’m a homeschooling, blogging mama of two. I run a household and manage a variety of projects. When people ask me how I do it all – I tell them the truth:

1- I don’t do it all. I believe that living a balanced life is a myth.

2- I’m organized – insanely so.

Today I want to share my most valuable productivity tip… and it all starts with a crucial component of my morning routine.

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I’m an early bird. This has been a forced transition (forced being, I’m a mom and sleeping in becomes an impossibility once you have children).

Getting up early allows me to tackle my day before my day tackles me.

Here’s what my morning routine looks like:

5:45 – 6:00 – wake up

6:00 – 6:20 – read Bible, pray, and participate in online Bible study discussion

6:20 – 6:25 – drink a glass of warm lemon water

6:20 – 6:30 – daily planning (I map out my tasks for the day on my daily planner)

6:30 – 6:45 – quick start exercise routine (a few weight training and resistance exercises)

** at about this time my youngest wakes up, but she usually hangs out and laughs at me while watching me exercise **  

6:45 – 7:00 – eat a banana, then make and drink a glass of organic meal replacement shake – I also serve my youngest daughter her breakfast

7:00 – 7:15 – place a load of laundry in the washing machine and put the previous day’s clean dishes away

7:15 – drink a cup of coffee while reading a book to my youngest daughter

** my oldest daughter usually wakes up between 7:30 and 8:30 **

The one item that gets me through my day is MY PLAN. I would be lost without my daily planning time. I’ve experienced days without it and ended up frittering my time away on trivial tasks.

However, my planning isn’t just in the morning. Every Sunday, I write out a block plan of my week. I like block planning because it’s not as restrictive as hourly planning. I have three key time blocks in the day (morning, afternoon, and evening). Within each of these time blocks, I schedule up to three tasks.Weekly block planning sheet - a FREE printable download from The Deliberate Mom.By dividing nine tasks into three parts of the day, I’m more likely to get all my to-do list items done.

Then, every morning during the week (Monday to Friday), I reference my time block sheet and plan out my daily activities in more detail. I note a top priority of the day (which may be a particular event or appointment I have to book). Then I schedule my essential tasks and document our menu. I even have a place where I write a scripture or an inspirational quote for the day.

Daily planner sheet - FREE download from The Deliberate Mom.

I referenced this sheet on my other blog, Deliberate Homeschooling (it’s in my homeschool planner), but I thought I would share it here as well.

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Do you plan out your days?  What does your morning routine look like?



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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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