The Morning Routine of 1 Regular Mom

The other morning while trying to simultaneously – do the dishes, get the cat away from the pile of unfolded laundry and check the morning news – this article popped up as “recommended for me”

The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

As I was in the midst of my morning routine I thought it would be interesting to compare. If like me, you do not have the time to read the whole article – let me give you the highlight reel.

Here we go:

#1 – 4:45 Wake up and have a bowl of quinoa cereal. I do an hour or so of 3rd or 4th series Ashtanga yoga.

#2 – 7:15-7:45 Make breakfast for family. When producing or directing, I rarely made it home in time to cook dinner so I shifted the focus to breakfast. I make buttermilk pancakes, eggs in a frame, and for over a decade, we have Crepes Thursday. I make the batter the night before (so the flour absorbs the liquid) and then customize for each family member with fresh-toasted pecans, nutella, marshmallows, and bananas.

#3 – 5:44 My internal clock, without fail, always wakes me 60 seconds before iPhone alarm goes off.

#4 – 6:30 Breakfast with husband

Now to be fair there were a few – ask kids to get shoes on…..ask kids to get shoes on again pieces in here but overall there was a lot of breathing, working out, reading several newspapers and making complicated breakfasts. I began to temporarily think that I was the odd woman out here. Was I just not able to pull it together? Was I a bad mom for not having Crepes Thursday?

So after I dropped my temper tantrum throwing 3 year old at daycare that morning I asked another mom – “did you do any yoga this morning?” she almost snorted her coffee out her nose. I felt a bit better.

I went to work and after getting nothing done other than tidying off my desk I went back to Google to look up more “morning routines” and it was more of the same. It still made me feel like shit. So I thought – I will add my morning routine to the list to balance things out. When I make it to being on of the Top 12 women leaders – this is the story I will share.

Allison Venditti - Founder of Moms at Work

6:45 – Alarm goes off. Curse the Gods that it has only been an hour since I had just been up with a weepy 3 year old who refused to go back to bed without a back rub and song at 4:45am

6:50 – Still laying there. I am not meditating or breathing but deciding whether or not to weep due to lack of sleep.

6:55 – Forced to get up. My 5 year old is on the toilet and I heard him tell his brother to pee in the bath if he can’t hold it.

7:00 – 7:15 – Navigate 4 bodies in one bathroom as showers, teeth brushing, shaving and yelling all take place at the same time.

7:15 – 7:30 – Get dressed, brush hair. Help kids get their clothes on and get downstairs. My 3 year old has a banana. I don’t even know where he got that.

7:30 – Make breakfast. Your choices are fruit, cereal or yogurt or any combination of the three because Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I like to offer a comfortable variety – I now call Continental Breakfast in order to compete with that woman’s Crepe Thursday.

7:35 – Take naked 3 year old back up stairs – as he has somehow managed to undress himself.

7:45 – Kids take 10 minutes to read books, play a quiet game or wrestle and break furniture. This is time I now have to spend changing my shirt. I thought I could get away with the yogurt stain but realized I have apple sauce all over my pants.

7:55 – We start to get ready to leave for daycare and school

8:15 – After successfully finding shoes for both kids, having them get their coats on by asking less than 25 times and with both school bags in hand I am feeling victorious. We are early! I look forward to a pleasant stroll and enjoying quality time with my kids.

8:30 – Burst back through the front door. We were half way to daycare when I realized I forgot both a lunch and permission form. Found both. But now we are required to jog to get to school on time.

8:35 – Feel like I won the lottery when our neighbour asks if she can walk my oldest to school so I can head directly to daycare. YES! Thank you! MY NEIGHBOUR IS AWESOME!

8:45 – Get to daycare and spend 10 minutes trying to get a pair of indoor shoes on a 3 year old who insists that he doesn’t like the way his shoe looks next to his other shoe.

9:00 – Back home and ready to get to work. Spent an hour cleaning desk and then wrote a blog post instead of working on program development.

Now I just have to sit and wait for Forbes to call. I am ready for my morning interview.

Allison Venditti is a Career Coach and the Founder of Moms at Work. She is now a mom to 3 little boys, winter biker and Star Wars superfan. She was voted top 50 Changemakers by the Globe and Mail and regularly consults and coaches both individuals and companies.

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