8 Before 8

August 3, 2018Rita

I love how a good blog post can make you rethink things. The other day I was reading this post and realized that I have a huge list of things I too attempt to get done. Most days I’m going be honest with you and tell you I run around like a chicken with her head cut off.

In fact there are some days that I don’t even bother getting dressed.  I do have depression and that is part of it but not all of the reasons.

I decided it was time to come up with my own 8 before 8 things I need to get done. Those eight little things that I can take care of every morning before the house wakes up. I love getting up early and do most days. I don’t have to get up at 4 am though. I wake up at 5 am and then go through my list below. One of the big things that helps me is that Ma and my Uncle get the kids up, off to school and such. It helps them have more movement throughout their day and gives them something to do whereas they normally wouldn’t.

1. Meditate

I take this time early in the morning to say my rosary and just spend a little time reflecting. I make a point of not focusing on the day ahead or any problems. Instead I focus on the things I am grateful for and the ways I can make life a little better.

2. Exercise

I sit a computer most of the day. I try to get up and walk around but lets be honest it doesn’t always happen. So I have working at getting up and working out more. You all know I am focusing more on my own health and fitness. I have some challenges that I am doing along with several other things. No matter what I make a point of doing my squats (cause I need a better butt) and walk on my treadmill.

3. Drink Water (32 oz)

I suck at this! I do, I have all sorts of good intentions but I totally suck at this. i do have an awesome water bottle though that is making things a little easier. I have discovered if I drink 30 oz in the morning after working out I feel better, less bloated, and more ready to take on the day. Not to mention my skin looks a hundred times better now.

4. Social Media Check In

I have so many different groups, pages, and other things that I take part in and/or belong to that I have to schedule out when to check in or I would end up spending the whole day on social media. I take about 30 minutes each morning to run through everything and do a quick check in.

5. Daily To Do List

I make a quick list of things that I must get done for the day like articles to post, laundry or other house cleaning, important phones calls, etc. It just helps me stay on track. I use Trello for this.

6. Article Ideas/Notes

I take a few minutes to jot down any article ideas or notes about articles in Trello. This just allows me to focus a little bit on coming up with new articles. I don’t worry about spelling or if I need to write it or anything like that. It is simple brainstorming.

7. News/ Morning Tea

I have a cup or two of tea each morning while watching the news. I don’t spend a lot of time on the news because Ma has it playing on and off all day so I can hear it in the background.

8. Breakfast

This is something I don’t do enough. I try to sit with the kids but I don’t always eat breakfast. It is one of those little things though now I do early enough. I feel much more able to handle the day and I have been snacking less.

Those eight things help make my day a little more productive and make me feel better about everything. On the days I manage to do everything (cause there are some days I don’t) I feel as though I have conquered the world.


  • Kim Avery

    September 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    This is something I need to incorporate into my routine! Thank you for sharing!

  • Calvin Fun

    September 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Nice to have goals to meet early in the morning!

  • Tracie Cooper

    September 13, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    I love this and definitely be trying this tips with my morning routine.

  • Sheila Ressel

    September 15, 2018 at 8:47 am

    I need to make my own 8 before 8 list and stick to it. It may be hard but I’m gonna give it a try.

    1. Rita

      September 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

      It is hard at first but you will find that the more you do it the easier it will be. Not to mention it really helps me get ready to face the day.

  • Ashley Shianne Campbell

    September 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

    These are definitely important tips and things to do each mornin!

    1. Rita

      September 19, 2018 at 8:08 am

      They are and they set the tone for my day.

  • Rosie

    September 16, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    For a long time I was getting up early and doing a little cooking before leaving, making prep for dinner, etc. But then an elderly lady moved in under me, who said her icemaker on the refrigerator kept her awake, and didn’t want me to make any noise at all until …. she wouldn’t say. She complained about everyone and everything for two years and just moved out. I’m wondering if I can get back to doing a few things early again, try hard to be very quiet, but some people can hear if you run the water, etc.

    1. Rita

      September 19, 2018 at 8:10 am

      I understand the need to be quiet. In a household of 7, myself included, I do try to be quiet when I am moving around. Sometimes there is just no help for it. Hopefully you can get back into the habit.

  • Susan Smith

    September 18, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Great list, I get so much done before 8 than at any other time of the day. I enjoy doing cleaning and walking early in the morning especially when it’s hot out.

    1. Rita

      September 19, 2018 at 7:12 am

      So do I! There is just something about early morning that I manage to get so much done. Things that if I don’t do my 8 by 8 I never get done for the day.

  • Antoinette M

    October 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    A great list. I exercise and drink plenty of water, but could set aside time for meditation every morning.

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    October 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I can’t even imagine doing all this early in the morning! I am not a morning person AT ALL. i DO WELL TO WAKE ON TIME—5AM, BUT NOT BY CHOICE—GET COFFEE AND READ THE NEWS. tHEN…DO SOMETHING WITH THE DAY.

    1. Mary Beth Elderton

      October 23, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      oops—sorry about the caps :/

  • Katy

    November 1, 2018 at 1:48 am

    My list would have many of these items on it, but it would be more like ten before ten. Lol.

    I also try to meditate every morning. It sets the tone for the day and makes a world oF difference in my thought patterns throughout the day.

  • shannon fowler

    November 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    This is an excellent list. I don’t meditate, but I do workout and use that time to reflect.

  • Veronica Lee

    November 21, 2018 at 7:52 am

    I really should incorporate this list into my routine. Thank you for sharing!

  • Christine A.

    November 22, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try meditation. I’ll look into the Trello app as well. I make to do lists on notepads but I use so many that I lose track of them.

  • Kayley

    November 25, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    What a great list! I especially like the inclusions of meditation, exercise, and drinking water.

  • Mary Gardner

    November 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I really need to make sure I add exercise and drinking water to my routine. those are two that I neglect most often.

  • Casey Garvey

    November 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I can relate to the social media check ins and the excerise before 8!

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