Make Your Mornings Smoother

Not everyone is a morning person. In fact, I’d venture to say that even the most zen, chipper, early bird has probably spent a lifetime acquiring a taste for mornings. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent years hitting snooze buttons, then rushing around like mad to get out the door and to work (or school) on time… same thing, morning, after morning, after morning.

So, how can we make our mornings run more smoothly? After getting fed up with my stressful mornings, I came up with a strategy that I’ve used for over five years now, and helps immensely.

Start by asking yourself these three questions:

  • What’s most important to you when getting ready in the morning?

  • What frustrates you the most in the mornings?  

  • What takes you the most time?

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I found that the answers to these are often the same thing: for many, it’s hair and makeup; for others, it’s packing lunch or getting kids ready. Some find it to be all of these.

I, for example, have always been particular about what I look like before I leave the house. I insist that my outfits look put-together from head to toe. If I can’t get an outfit to look just right, it frazzles me, therefore taking extra time in the morning.

Once we’ve determined our morning trigger points, we’re able to seek a solution. I’ll warn you, though, the solution that works best is not a glamorous concept; in fact, you probably already know what it is. The solution is one simple word: PREPARATION.

It means taking a few minutes the night before to prepare for the day ahead. Easy, peasy. And although not everything you do in the mornings can done the night before, there ARE many that can be, which frees up precious time for your other important morning tasks.

A list of what can be done the night before includes, but is not limited to:

  • Packing lunch

  • Prepping breakfast (try options like overnight oatmeal)

  • Putting coffee on a timer

  • Laying out outfits (& your kids’ clothes) from head to toe, including shoes, accessories & undergarments

  • Going to bed earlier (another “boring” suggestion, but will help ward off the extra hits to the snooze button)

  • Packing your purse or backpack with your daily necessities

  • (For some girls) Washing and/or prepping your hair

  • Putting out things you know you’ll need in the morning, i.e. makeup, blowdryer, deodorant, lotion, etc.

  • Filling the car with gas

  • Writing a check-list of important items needed for the next day

Better yet, here are a few things that you can do the week before (on weekends or your days off):

  • Prepping lunches or breakfasts (choose items that you know won’t go bad or soggy in five days)

  • Picking outfits for the entire week: hang them in the front of your closet with the accessories and shoes you’ll be wearing with the outfits. (This may take up to an hour on your weekend, but is WELL worth it so that you don’t have to worry about it for the remainder of the week!)

  • Write a check-list of important items needed for each day of the week.

Try using preparation for even just one week and see how your mornings change. Before you know it, you too may become a morning person!