Do you do a mad dash around your house in the mornings? Perhaps you inevitably leave something behind. Or maybe you’re the one who’s always late and rushing.
Been there, done that!
But over time, I found some really cool and simple ways to not only create less stressful mornings but to even create a little bit of peace at the same time.
So now let’s see if you can do the same. Take a look at these suggestions to make your mornings run a lot more smoothly.
4 Things to do Tonight to Save Time in the Morning
- Plan your tomorrow. Once I started to take a moment or two to review tomorrow’s tasks the night before, I experienced a huge shift in how I felt when I awoke because I knew everything was planned. Another thing to think about is the amount of stuff you add to your schedule. Don’t cram too much in the first couple of hours if you can help it. Alternatively, do a little bit of math and figure out how much time you need for your morning activities and then calculate when you need to go to bed so you’ll be well rested each day.
- Be organized. I can’t stand rushing because I always feel like I’ll forget or leave something. So to prevent this, keep your essential items organized. For instance, put your gym bag in the car. Put the umbrella by the door if the forecast calls for rain. And what about those keys? Do you know that’s still like the #1 thing that people can’t find in the mornings! Keep your keys in the same place all the time so you’ll know where they are and won’t have to look for them in your purse (that you might end up changing out) or in a coat pocket (that you might not wear tomorrow).
- Meal plan. My mornings usually consist of making a protein shake or eating some type of breakfast/protein bar (I don’t like cooking in the mornings). So to shave off a couple of minutes, I’ll put the bar in my purse to eat on my commute or I’ll put the ingredients for the shake on the counter the night before and plug up the blender so all I have to do is pour in the almond milk. Easy peasy!
- Lay out your clothes. Our parents did this for us when we were kids for good reason! What I like to do is hang the clothes I’m wearing tomorrow in the front of the closet – shoes, underwear and all. Even try it on if you want to. Do any ironing or steaming at night as well. Voila! No more looking for what to wear every morning. Note for those who do this but still change their minds on outfits: 1) Have a default outfit when all else fails. 2) Question why you’re constantly changing your mind. 3) Start putting 2 outfits together at night so if you truly decide not to wear the first, you have the backup option.
5 Ways to Make Mornings More Peaceful
Even with all those time saving tips at night, you still might need to create some more peace in the mornings. To do that, it’s gonna be a matter of minding your attitude. Try these tips on for size.
- Adjust the light. Light has a powerful effect on your brain. Darkening your bedroom at night will help you to sleep better so you wake up feeling refreshed. The opposite holds true for waking up. Exposure to the morning sun can get rid of grogginess.
- Meditate/Pray. Meditation or prayer can be the best thing to do to create a moment of peace in the morning that lasts all day!
- Skip the snooze button. Did you know that those 10-minute fragments of sleep you get between snoozes often leave you feeling worse than if you get out of bed immediately? So go ahead and put your alarm clock across the room to help get you out of the habit of hitting that crazy snooze button.
- Play music. What music makes you feel good, inspired, and happy? Put a few of those songs in a playlist, set it up the night before so you can hit play in the morning. Lively music gives you energy so you’re not dragging around. Warning: singing loudly in the shower and dancing around the house may ensue!
- Simplify your routine. How many products (hair, makeup, skin, etc.) do you use in the morning? Too many? Find a way to shorten your morning prep time by designing a simpler routine. Go for low-maintenance hairstyles, use less makeup, shave at night, etc. and do your more complicated routines in the evenings or on the weekend.
Over to you…
These are just a few simple strategies I have found that work for me that make my first few hours of the day less stressful and more productive. The result: I feel calmer all day long!
What do you do to make your mornings less stressful?