As I told you all in my first post, part of the reason I’m blogging is for accountability. In my journey toward a more intentional life, I have discovered one habit that can really make or break my day: getting dressed.
It’s a simple thing, really. And if you leave your home for work or school on a regular basis, this is going to sound completely absurd. I know, I worked outside of the home for the first four years of my eldest daughter’s life. But for all of you SAHMs and WAHMs, you know how easy it can be to fall into this trap.
Here’s the thing. I really, really, really hate getting myself ready for the day. I would love to tell you that I’m cutting back on showers because of my environmentally friendly conservationalist views. I’d like to tell you that I’m boycotting the cosmetic industry for making women feel like they are somehow less than without makeup. But the fact of the matter is, I’m just plain lazy.
“If someone is lazy, the roof will begin to fall. If he doesn’t fix it, the house will leak.”
-Ecclesiastes 10:18 NCV
Now, I’ve always prided myself on being a low-maintenance gal. I’ve never been one to get manicures or pedicures. I dress for comfort and my wardrobe usually reflects that. Until recently, I only got my hair cut maybe once a year.
But there is a fine line between low-maintenance and no-maintenance, and folks, I have crossed it.
I try to start my day off on the right foot by getting up before my children. That time alone is essential for me, and I don’t usually have any problems getting out of bed. I actually crave those quiet moments, spent sipping coffee in my cozy living room while soaking in God’s word for me each morning.
Afterward, rather than getting myself ready to take on the day, I move onto something else. Whether it’s some light housework, prepping for our homeschool day, or worse (gulp!) logging onto Facebook, getting dressed shifts to the bottom of my priority list.
I know that when I’m dressed with my teeth brushed, contacts in, and makeup on, it changes my whole outlook for the day. Suddenly, I’m ready to take on just about anything. But since I dread the act of getting ready so very much, I procrastinate and wind up feeling frumpy and grumpy.
When I stay in my PJ’s (or my hideous-but-oh-so-cozy robe), my motivation suffers. I’m less patient with my kids. And while my husband will argue that he loves me regardless, does he really want the sloppy version of his wife greeting him at the end of a long work day?
Since I know what an impact getting dressed has on my day, I’m committing to changing up my routine. Here are the strategies I’m planning to use:
1. Timing. I’m setting my alarm for 30 minutes earlier, so that I won’t be cutting into my precious quiet time. Getting myself dressed and ready will be the very first thing on my to-do list. Mark Twain said:
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.”
Yes, I am likening a shower to eating a frog. Have I mentioned how much I dislike getting ready? 🙂
2. Rewarding myself. Once I am dressed and ready for the day, I will allow myself that glorious first cup of coffee. Not a moment before!
3. Multi-tasking. While I believe true multi-tasking is somewhat of a myth, this is one scenario where I think it will be helpful. I love music and I’m putting a Bluetooth speaker in my shower. Also, I plan to catch up on some of my favorite Periscopes (like Money Saving Mom’s here) while I complete the rest of my routine.
4. Cleaning. I’m going to give my master bathroom a thorough cleaning, making sure to toss any old or unused cosmetics. I’ll be able to breeze through my routine much faster if I don’t have to dig to find what I need.
So, that’s it! What about you? Can you relate to my situation? If not, do you have any tips for making your morning routine more enjoyable? I’d love for you to share in the comments!