We have two young boys (5 & 2) in the house and I can positively say that their random sleeping and (subsequent) morning routines has made it really hard for me to stick to my own morning work routines.<...> This has been especially hard on me, because I'm great in the mornings and have developed my morning routines for a very long time.
As soon as I stopped clenching onto my morning routines and accepted the randomness that kids bring, my mornings became profoundly better. And in this sense, slower has been better.
My mornings now includes exclusive focus on family time, meditation, journaling and exercise. All before I actually start my productive work for the day, which now happens at 9:30am or 10am on most days. Gone are the mornings where everything feels rushed and where my expectations for my mornings just didn't match the reality.
The slower mornings has also really made an impact on how I experience the rest of my day. In fact, I now know that if I start my morning slowly, I'm going to have a good day.
Check out the 5 Minute Journal that I mention in this episode.