Cease to be aidle; cease to be bunclean; cease to cfind fault one with another; cease to dsleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be einvigorated. –Doctrine & Covenants 124: 88
Getting things done in the morning creates so much more time in your day because things are already done when you or the kids get home from work or school or play. Have you ever risen just before sunrise and gone outside to listen to the world? There’s more of a peaceful silence in the hours just before the world fully awakens. The Lord promises us health and bounty when we awake early to work hard in our day.
Invigorate means ‘to impart vigor, strength, or vitality to.’ Could you use more strength and vitality? Certainly. Here’s a few ways you can do so.
- put your clothes out for the next day before you retire, it saves time that is wasted trying to decide in the morning when your brain is foggy
- if you want to hop out of bed to exercise, sleep in your workout clothes; they’re pretty comfortable anyway
- set your alarm for at least 15 to 30 minutes before your children wakeup, take care of yourself first
- stretching is one of the best things we can do to iron out the kinks from sleeping
- have your lunches and snacks already made the night before so you’re not hurrying through the morning trying to make them
- keep your makeup and/or toiletries at work or in your bag so you can put them on at work during a restroom stop, you’ll do it quicker than at home
- listen to your favorite speaker or book as you drive, it freshens the mind
- ALWAYS eat breakfast at home, it’s healthier, you can visit with the kids before school, or catch up on your scripture study
- tidy up before you leave, then you’re less likely to come home to as big a mess
What helps you in the morning?