Inside: Rock your busy working mom morning routine with these helpful morning routines for moms! Use these ideas to create your perfect mom morning routine checklist!
I see it every morning. I know what you’re going through. Rushing to get out the door. Already running late. Checking the traffic report and dreading the drive ahead.
The toddler just doesn’t want to put on his shoes or leave his latest obsession: the measuring spoons. The fussing and “hurry up” and stress that happens every day.
Mornings are rough enough as a working mom. Not only do we have to get ourselves ready but we also need to get the children up, dressed, and fed.
Do you have an organized working mom schedule? What does your working mom morning routine look like?
The morning is often the most chaotic time of day for families with small children. Moms are trying to get themselves ready for the day while also getting their kids ready and out the door. Having a solid morning routine can help make mornings less hectic. Here are some tips for creating morning routines for moms that works for you and your family.
Updated in 2022
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The best Morning Routine for Working Moms – Get out the door on time with these working mom organization tips
The worst thing we can do as busy working moms is to have no plan for how we run our mornings. Trust me, I tried the “fly by the seat of my pants” routine, and it does not work so well. At all! This is why I need a morning routine for moms.
It isn’t just the mommy brain that makes mornings feel like you’re walking through a pool of water, though being sleep-deprived will totally do that, we just have too much. Too much to do, too much to remember, and no magical unicorns to make it happen for us.
So what is a busy working mom to do? We come up with our own plan – our organized working mom routine – to make our mornings run smoother. Because if we don’t take control, who will? Oh, that’s right. Those tiny humans we created.
So here are some tips for your best morning routines for busy mornings!
What’s the #1 tip for mornings that run smoothly?
Mornings run smoothly when you plan ahead in the evening. Truth, and it isn’t that surprising, is it? That’s why I’m sharing these morning and evening routines for working moms.
If you’re anything like me, running around from task to task in the morning trying to remember and grab everything you need, is exhausting. And then you’re flustered, and your hair sticks out in all directions, and you still have to drive to work.
Implementing an organized evening plan for the next day is crucial and helps make the morning run more efficiently. You just check off the tasks on your (mental or physical) to-do list and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
An Organized Evening Plan for Working Moms
Take a moment after all the chaos of the evening is done (i.e. children are in bed, and dishes and food have been put away) and think about the next day. Do a brain dump of what you need to get done tomorrow and in upcoming days. I like to do this on Sundays, so I know what tasks are going to be keeping me up at night all week. Kidding. Sort of.
Are there important events coming up? Be sure to put them on your command center family wall calendar or your digital Google calendar. Or you can use the lovely daily agenda printable I have prepared for you!
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Plan out your meals – hopefully, by Sunday night you already have your grocery shopping done and meal prepping started, but if you wing it each night that’s OK too!
Part of planning meals for me is lunches. I like to prep my lunch bag on Sunday night and then add or swap out items each evening as needed. Here’s what goes in my lunch bag:
- Spoon and Fork in a baggie
- Five days of salad dressing. I love these individual salad dressing packets from Kraft, great for my salads without having to “lose” my dressing in the communal fridge at work.
- Five days of vitamins in those little pill containers
- Snacks, granola bars, etc
- Main course, usually a Lean Cuisine or Nutrisystem meal that gets added from the freezer in the morning
After getting home from work, I replace the utensils, add fresh salad in a container, add new fruit and snacks and yogurt and put the lunch bag in the fridge. That makes my mornings quick and efficient. Grab the lunch bag, grab the main course from the freezer, and stick it in my car.
I also remind myself to prep and set the coffee pot as soon as I get home from work, so I don’t forget later at night and get mad at myself in the morning. Coffee is non-negotiable!
I also prep what I need for daycare for the week – clean blanket (my toddler loves this airplane blanket) and more diapers, and put that in the car in the evening so I don’t forget it in the morning.
Another important item to do in the evening is to plan what you are wearing tomorrow and lay the clothing out. Getting dressed in the morning is hard for me – I keep staring at the closet and not seeing anything. But if I already have my clothes planned and ready, I just put them on while I’m half-blind with sleep and keep going. When my toddler first started daycare, I would lay out all five days of clothing for him in a pile next to his changing table. Then when I changed him out of his pajamas and overnight diaper, I just grabbed the next set of pants and shirt and done. That really helped with the morning fog.
A Better Busy Working Mom Morning Routine
In my mind, the best busy mom morning routine is the shortest.
The less you have to do before getting out the door (preferably on time) the smoother things will run. Get everyone dressed, fed, and load up the car are the important tasks – extra stuff that gets squeezed into the race can be trouble.
My morning typically look like this:
I get myself up and do the grooming and getting myself dressed. Sometimes I snooze the alarm a few times, especially if the toddler wakes a lot at night, so my mornings can be a bit rushed.
First, I let out and feed dogs – they are the easiest to take care of.
I stick my breakfast in the microwave and my son’s waffle (whole grain, of course) in the toaster. I do the pouring of the coffee into my Supernatural themed coffee tumbler and bring out my lunch and laptop bag to the car.
Then I set out everyone’s breakfast.
Then and only then do I wake the toddler (unless he is already up and causing trouble). I change him quickly (or as quickly as his squirming body allows) since the day’s clothing is already laid out, and I stick him in his high chair so we can both enjoy breakfast.
Then, once breakfast is done, I let out the dogs again and do a quick clean up.
Finally, I grab the toddler, clean him up, and shuttle him straight to the car. He doesn’t get a chance to run around in the morning, or we’ll be there all day. Straight from the high chair to his car seat, and since everything else is already in the car and ready to go, we’re done!
What do you think needs to be added to this morning routine for moms? Is there something else special in your working mom schedule with infant and toddler?
Ultimate Morning Routine for Working Moms
As a working mom, you know that the morning can be hectic. You’re trying to get yourself ready for work while also getting your kids ready for school. It can be hard to find a balance between taking care of yourself and taking care of your family.
But there is a way to make the morning less stressful. By following an ultimate morning routine, you can make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and your family.
There are so many tasks we need to accomplish as part of the morning rush, but it is also very, very important to take the morning to find some quiet to start the day off right. Here are some ideas.
Get up early – only a bit!
I only wake up 20 minutes earlier than my son does – so I can get myself dressed and be ready for everything else. Getting that time to yourself in the morning lets you have that pause worked into your routine. For example – can you do some deep breaths while you pee? Can you think of something you’re grateful for while brushing teeth? Can you remember to drink glass of water in between getting dressed and doing your hair?
Make breakfast and drink water.
Start your day off right with a nutritious breakfast. This will give you the energy you need to get through the day. And plenty of water, along side your coffee.
OK so you might not have time to exercise. Let’s be realistic. But, can you do some quick stretches to get the blood moving through your body? Or include movement of some other kind – like walking the dog around the block, or taking a walk around the building before you go inside to work. I like to walk my son to school (it’s less than a half mile walk but it’s something) and the dog likes to come along.
You’ve hopefully done all your evening routine planning and know what’s up for today’s schedule, but it doesn’t hurt to give your command center another glance in case you forgot something overnight.
Let’s keep the morning chores to a minimum! Like run the dishwasher after breakfast, and sure wipe up any spills and such, but otherwise let’s not leave any evening chores to be done in the mornings.
I have come across this amazing course called Time Mastery for Women – it is a complete system for organizing our time and life. You should check it out.
Grab your Busy Mom Master Agenda Printable
I made you a present! I know many people love to write down their to-do lists and schedules, something about writing makes it more meaningful to the brain. So here’s a master agenda printable you can use as your working mom daily routine checklist and planner, to write out your schedule of appointments and important tasks! Call this your working mom schedule template!
Remember – write out your master agenda plan the night before! Then used it as your perfect mom morning routine checklist.
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Here’s your morning routine for working moms! Working moms should start their mornings off with a few minutes of peace and quiet. Then, they should get organized and set their priorities for the day. Once they have a plan, they can start tackling their to-do list. By taking care of themselves and getting organized, working moms can set themselves up for a successful day.
Over to you – tell me what your working mom morning routine looks like. Share your tips and thoughts in the comments!
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Rahul Dubey says
Great job! I loved reading this article for helping mom live a better life.
Great tips, but flying by the seat of my pants is my fave option!
kid can doodle says
I totally agree! Doing things the night before makes it less stressful!
Thank you for the tips I have a 9 month“ old and OMG!! lol I’m still trying to find a system that works for me.
It really is about finding a system! so much easier to stick to once you started it. Good luck mama!
Anitya @Hooked To Books says
plan what you are wearing tomorrow and lay out the clothing <== this simple advice changed my life. It's somehow much easier to find clothes to wear for the day before you go to sleep than after you wake up 😀
I don’t work yet, but these tips are valuable! I’m going to use these this summer for our outings.
True, this can apply to any tasks that need to be done, busy moms are busy! 🙂
Always having a routine is best. Even though I work from home my son goes to prek for a few hours a day. We have our routine from wake up until he gets home.
These are great ideas! You’re so organized. I love your tips for planning lunches by having certain things ready for the week.
Having a plan is the best thing a mama can do. I have mine which is different from yours but it works for us especially since I work-from-home and most of the work requires my toddler to be in bed, lol. Thanks for sharing this.
A planner can make all the difference for an organized day! Also kids can help get things done too.