7×7 Day Three, plus modifications

Yes, I skipped day two. I didn’t actually skip it, I just skipped writing about it. Don’t tell my publisher. (Just kidding, I don’t have a publisher.)

Today’s my third day working on a morning routine and making it a habit. Routines take considerably less time than muddling through the morning because I don’t spend time thinking about what I’m supposed to do next, nor do I spend time grumbling about what if have to do next. It’s win-win, really.

Now that I’m learning a bit more about what works and what doesn’t work, I’m modifying the list a little:

1) Read my Bible
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2) Pray (still the two most important elements to a successful day)

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3) Drink water

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4) Make the bed, get dressed (these were already part of the routine, so they don’t get to be listed independently because I already mentally group them together… See how that works?)

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5) Forward progress on laundry (put it in the washer OR transfer it to the dryer OR put it away, iron, etc. Here, also, putting clothes in the dryer is already mentally grouped with taking them out of the dryer promptly.

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6) Empty the dishwasher

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7) Defrost meat, etc. for (tomorrow’s) dinner. Note: whenever possible, defrost meat in the refrigerator. If that’s not possible, stick it in a sealed container in COLD water, and change the water every 30 minutes to prevent bacteria growth.

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I removed the kid element from the 7×7 because ideally I will be getting through this list before they wake up… Eventually. At which point, I will need to adapt the dishwasher unloading, because my oldest daughter is starting to help unload, and I want to teach her responsibility and routines early in life, so she doesn’t struggle with them later on.

I also removed the food element because, let’s face it, that’s already a part of the morning routine and has been for over 30 years. It was kind of cheating to have it on there.

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