A lot of people ask me how I get so much done every day. So I put together this list of the 10 things I do before 10 am to stay productive.

Doing these 10 things every morning starts my day off the right foot and in the right mindset. Some of them are things that keep my mind and body healthy. Being healthy is essential to maintaining a highly-productive life.

But let’s not mistake being productive with being over-scheduled and constantly busy. In a previous post, I go over how I use Task Batching to schedule blocks of my week so that I have ample time to relax.

So, let’s get started! Here are the 10 things I do before 10 am to stay productive!

  1. Get Myself Ready

In the morning I get up and get myself ready. This looks different depending on the day, but every morning I get dressed, brush my teeth, do hair and face (which sometimes involves more steps if I’m leaving the house), and clean up after being in bed.

  1. Drink Water

Every morning I drink at least 500ml of re-mineralized water before I have anything else. When you wake up your body is dehydrated from not having any fluids while you slept. It’s important to rehydrate those cells or they won’t function properly for you! Drinking 500ml of water will help to wake you up and get your brain going.

  1. Pray/Meditate

Everyone has a different way of praying/meditating/saying affirmations that work for them. But I find that doing this sets the tone for the day. It becomes a grounding point and can be a point in the day I can return to in my mind when things go haywire. Starting the day off with the right words in your ear helps to set the tone for the rest of the day.

  1. Take Vitamins

With my breakfast, I take my vitamins. Every. Single. Day. Why? Well, don’t get me started about how poorly mineralized our food supply is and how most people are too stressed and use their body’s nutrients stores up too fast. But, that’s it in a nutshell. Also, I’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding for 7 years now and I need to be replacing what gets taken out or my health will suffer! Be proactive!

  1. Open The Blinds

Every morning, without fail, I open all the blinds and drapes. I also go around and shut off everyone’s noise machines and salt lamps – those things make the best night lights! Opening the blinds and drapes lets in natural light and this natural light will help your body to realize that it’s daytime, and daytime is time to be awake!

It’s called our circadian rhythm; how our body regulates sleep and wakeful periods. Its controlled by when and how much daylight your eyes get. If you leave the blinds and drapes shut then your body doesn’t know that it’s daytime yet!

  1. Get Kids Ready

This part is usually a task and a half! Especially with an almost 4-year-old in the house who wants to pick her own clothes, brush her own teeth and hair, and then refuse to help tidy her bed! LOL! But the kids need to get ready, too. The routine helps their bodies realize what’s going on at this point in the day.

  1. Start Laundry

Every morning at some point before 10 am I will put in a load of laundry of some kind. There’s always a load waiting so I get it started early to dry before bedtime. Laundry is one thing I DON’T Task Batch since there are such long stretches of time where nothing is going on! If I do a load every day then it never piles up. Well, the washing doesn’t, but the folding does!

  1. Daily Food Prep

Every morning I make sure that everything I need for that day has been taken out. I also check to see if anything needs to come out for the next day if it’s in the freezer. Snacks get prepped at this time of the morning, too, and then given out when the time is right. I try to be in the kitchen as little as possible outside of my batch cooking times so that I can do other things. So when I’m in there I try to get a bunch done at once to set up the whole day’s worth of food.

  1. Prep Snacks

This goes with the last section but gets its own as well because snack prep is something that I don’t do during batch cooking because it’s not practical. The kids usually only have one snack a day since we try to limit mindless snacking that can lead to pickiness at meal times. It’s also really bad for their teeth!

  1. Kids Activity

Somewhere in all of this I also set the kids up with some sort of activity. Some mornings it’s a job that they need to get done, like helping to fold the laundry, or free-style colouring, puzzles, dance party… whatever feels right for that day! If the kids don’t have some sort of direction first thing their behaviour suffers and the tone for the day gets thrown off.

And there it is! My list of the 10 things I do before 10 am to stay productive! It can be hard to be a homeschool mom who also works from home. That’s why I find that doing these things, whether I feel like it or not, helps me stay on track.

Do you have a morning routine that helps you to stay on track? What do you do on mornings that you don’t feel into it?