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Oh, the joys of motherhood, womanhood and all the other “hoods” we’ve been blessed with as women. Along with these titles comes being the morning organizer, cheerleader and drill sergeant. It takes a long time (and maybe a few kids) to get mornings down right.

As a mom, you probably have many different projects going on simultaneously, so morning organization is a must, especially if you don’t consider yourself a “morning person.” Here are some methods to follow to help your mornings run a little smoother!

Plan ahead: If you do your best work late at night, use it to your benefit. Utilize whatever time you’re most efficient to get things ready for the next day. For example: prepare lunches, sign permission slips, etc.

Set aside: Have a spot for all the things you need to take with you the next day. That eliminates spending time looking around for it or worse, leaving it behind.

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Keep calm: No one wants to start her day with unnecessary stress and yelling. It really does no good and uses way too much energy.

Take advantage of technology: Utilize the delay settings on your dishwasher and washing machine. If your kids’ schedules don’t allow much free time in the evenings, you might have to get creative to complete daily tasks.

Don’t neglect your workout: Don’t let a crazy morning keep you from going to the gym; pack your gym bag the night before. Here are 31 ways to stay motivated if you seem to be lacking what it takes to keep up with your workouts.

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Keep tabs on the kids: Make sure homework is taken care of the night before. Having a family calendar posted for the entire family to see helps eliminate poor communication and procrastination!

Meditate: Take time out to pray, journal, read a devotional or do whatever it takes to get your mind right in the morning. Check out twelve reasons to journal to help get your creative juices flowing.

Center yourself: Start your day with yoga or Pilates. It will center your mind and give you the energy to help get your day started. Need a yoga mat? We’ve got you covered.

Keep it healthy: Don’t skimp on a nutritional breakfast for you and your family. Smoothies are a go-to breakfast source because they are nutrient-dense and super easy to whip up. Check out fifty fast and easy breakfast recipes here.

Go out and make a difference: Be thankful you’ve been given another day and put a smile on that beautiful face!