I did the Maximize Your Mornings challenge the first time around, and then the holidays and cold/flu season hit, which threw me off. While there are still rough nights which lead to rough mornings, Hello Mornings! have been such a blessing. It really makes a difference to get that quiet time in before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. I wish my phone does screenshots, but it doesn’t, so here is what it looks like for me to Maximize My Mornings!!
This is “home” on my phone. Once I turn off the alarm, I see my list (I’m a big list person) of things to do. I actually don’t get to the exercise part until the afternoon, but you get it. (See Kat’s ebook in the background? hehe Great resource!)
It has all the apps I need to maximize my mornings! Going from left to right and top to bottom, we have…
- Alarm and Timer – Right now it is set to 6:30am which is about 1-1.5 hours before the kids wake up. I don’t always get up at that time. :/
- Stations – Pandora is awesome! Some stations I have on there are: Addison Road, Nichole Nordeman, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Britt Nicole, and Brooke Fraser.
- YouTube – This is usually cued up to Audrey Assad’s Restless, or if I have a specific song that comes to mind in the morning, I use YouTube instead of Pandora.
- Bible – I love YouVersion’s Bible app! I just got it and you can choose different reading plans on there. I think it should still be free right now because of KJV Bible’s 400th anniversary?
- Ab Workout – These workout apps are free too. Each with a 5-minute video workout.
- Arm Workout – Like lifting a 20-something pound kid is not enough.
- Butt Workout – So that makes it a total of 15 minutes. That’s doable for busy moms, right?
- RunKeeper – I don’t go fast enough to call it running, but it also tracks your walks/jogs. Not sure if it is free anymore, but I got it for free.
- Cozi – I haven’t used it too much yet. I think you can sync your google calendar, and connect with everyone else in your account.
- Springpad – Great for all my millions of checklists and ideas. The main ones I keep are: household tasks, blogging topics, and menu/shopping list.
- Files – I can’t get specific files onto the screen, so in my file folder are my Inspired to Action’s prayer calendars to remind me to pray for my children and husband. But you can just go on Inspired to Action’s FB page each morning for the prayer topic for the day too.
- Checklists – This is basically a repeat of Springpad, but a more “direct” click. I don’t know why I have the other one on here, I should just change it to my Fighter Verse app or WordPress app.
And there you have it. This is how I wake up. I still am not consistent in doing this, but the mornings that I do, it helps. A lot.
How do your mornings look?