For what seems like forever, I have wanted to set up a family morning power hour. “Why a family power hour?” you ask. Because as opposed to the personal power hour, the family power hour allows for what I call the multi-dipping factor, where you can make a given effort benefit multiple responsibilities. As a busy Chief Home Officer in a family of five home, whenever I can multi-dip my efforts… THAT’S the way to go!
In short, a good power hour gets you set to jump start your day on your best foot by tapping into your 4 energy sources: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, and Mental.
Here is the process I went through to get this going for our family.
Step 1: What’s my Why?
There are entirely too many life benefits to getting your days going well Spiritually, Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally. The possibilities and opportunities are endless when you can face the day and go out into the world with a positive attitude and high energy, having great comfort in your relationship with God, your spouse, and your children, and with a solid yet flexible plan for the day. But what if while you’re getting these benefits for yourself, you can also multiply your efforts by providing the same benefits for your family. As a wife and mom, some of my responsibilities include spending quality time with my husband and children, communicating with them, and listening to them. For my children, another particularly important responsibility is modeling good behavior, like praying, reading the Bible, meditating, and working on my health and body. In a family morning power hour routine, I can plan to really incorporate all of these with hopefully lasting benefits for not only myself but my husband and kids. How awesome is that?!?!
Step 2: Discuss with my earthly #1
The next day, I briefly got together with my husband, Joey, to propose the idea and my Why’s/reasoning behind it. He thought it was a great idea and wanted to narrow down some specifics for the project since he was a bit concerned about how we could get up early enough to make all of this happen. We set a time to brainstorm.
Step 3: Get my resources together and/or Brainstorm
A couple of days later, after the babies were all asleep, we pushed through our weeknight burnout feeling and sat down to brainstorm what this family power hour project would entail. We came up with:
- Spiritual Energy:
- Jump out of bed
- Make and hold a power pose (this is the practice of standing in a confident style pose which chemically enhances our brain and ultimately increases our chances of success in life – see this great TED talk by Amy Cuddy)
- Get on our knees to pray in gratitude
- Read the Bible or the next devotional on our Bible app study plan
- Meditate on what we just read
- Physical Energy:
- Drink a cup of water
- Change into our workout clothes
- Get physically active (walk, power walk, jog, run, intervals, lunges, skipping, etc.)
- Emotional Energy:
- Excitedly hug and kiss our spouse and kids for the day
- Talk about what we have to look forward to today, and bring up any other positive conversation while making opportunities for laughter
- Do a family prayer (Spiritual Energy for the kids)
- Mental Energy:
- Button up plans for the day (routines, appointments, tasks, nourishing breaks, etc.)
Step 4: Make the plan
The plan ended up like this –
Start Date: In 2 days (so we could take the next day to excitedly clue the boys in on what we were going to start doing)
– Alarm goes off (get up outside of what we may feel like doing which could be frantically throwing our phones across the room in an effort to just dismiss the alarm)
– Spiritual Energy Session (15 minutes) – We do this individually.
– Joey will go out for a short and more intense physical energy session where he will primarily sprint for 15 minutes while I breastfeed the baby, wake up the kids, and get them ready to head out for our family physical energy session. He then comes back home to pick us up.
– Emotional Energy Session (15 minutes) – I flipped this from my original personal power hour draft because it made more sense logistically when considering the kids.
– Physical Energy Session (20 minutes) – since the kids are involved, whenever possible I try to play games, like “Follow the leader”, where I can incorporate the physical activity we are working on while still making it fun for them.
– Back home, as we’re walking into the house, I do a small mental energy for them by briefly summarizing some of the major activities for their day. It sounds something like “Oliver and Owen next we’re going to freshen up to head to school / the park / the store, then we’ll come back to work on ____, and then ____. ok?” Then they will head to their play area, potty, or go on to do what they want while we move on to our mental energy session.
– Mental Energy Session (10 minutes) – This we do individually and discuss together as it is relevant to each other’s day or need for attention.
– Sometime after our Mental Energy session and before we leave the house in the morning, I sit down with the kids and complete their Spiritual Energy by reading them a bible story, reading a bible verse, reading a kids’ devotional, or at least watching a Bible for Kids app story. I get them engaged by reading in a more lively tone, asking them questions about what we just read, and excitedly complementing their answers or comments.
Commitment Time Frame: 14 days – We will look to keep this going for 14 straight days. Of course, some things may happen that may be beyond our control here and there which could get in the way of our intention, but setting this commitment time frame is just another way to keep our efforts focused.
Step 5: Get Going!
On the start date, get up and put the plan in motion. JUST DO IT!
Step 6: Review Progress, Edit if Needed, and Continue
I heard this once somewhere and believe it to be completely true: “Plans are often pointless, but planning is priceless.” This means that plans may and most likely will change but the act of planning things out will get you in a more knowledgeable state where you can edit your plan and still keep the momentum. Therefore, we expect that our plan may have to be edited in some way permanently or temporarily as things happen (maybe baby wants to breastfeed at a different time, the weather doesn’t cooperate, etc.) but the point is to edit if (and AS needed) and keep going!
— Scripture Reflections —
“His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” ~ 2 Peter 1:3 NASB
“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
Now this is an IntentionalZoe Intentionality project that we have recently put into practice, so I’ll check back in with an update. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to opt-in to receive post updates from IntentionalZoe.com to see how this intentional life project is working out for our family.