Everyone talks about having an efficient morning routine, which obviously sets the tone for your day. But to me, half of a successful morning starts the night before.
Having a night routine makes for a blissful morning; mostly empty of stress and anxiety.
If you haven’t decided on a new habit to introduce in 2016, or your resolutions have fallen by the way side, as most inevitably do, try this simple routine.
1. Check your schedule for the next day
Review your appointments; add tasks to your To Do List as necessary.
Check the weather.
2. Pack your lunch and tidy up the kitchen (15 min) and prepare any other little (or big) human lunches
Do this before you settle in for your evening activities.
I find that if we do this right after dinner, I can find more motivation than if we wait longer.
If you’re into the habit of buying lunch, prepare some snacks at least so you don’t fall victim to vending machines or coffee shop pastries.
If you feel motivated, you can even prepare breakfast in advance: set the table, prepare the kettle and coffee maker so you only have to push a button.
3. Prepare your gear (5 min)
Put everything out that you’ll need in the morning: bag, computer, phone, charger and earbuds, wallet/purse, keys, book/magazine, water bottle, etc.
People spend an inordinate amount of time looking for misplaced items and, in turn, pestering themselves for “being such a mess“, only adding stress to their morning.
If you have activities planned like working out or attending a class (or accompanying your child to one), get that stuff out too.
4. Decide what you’ll wear (5 min)
Based on your schedule, planned activities and the weather, identify what you’ll wear.
If this is your major time waster in the morning, take your outfit out of the closet and hang in the bathroom, on the back of your bedroom door or lay on a chair. If there’s ironing to be done, do it now.
5. Tidy up the living room so you wake up to a clean house (5 min)
Fold the blankets you were using while watching TV.
Put away the books or magazine you were reading.
6. Self care (unlimited time)
It’s always a good idea to reserve some time for self care, an essential part of happy living that often gets forgotten or pushed aside. This part is very personal and different for everybody, so find something that suits you and brings you peace before going to bed.
Here are some ideas:
- Pull your face from devices and put on silent mode (no vibration) or airplane mode. Unplug from technology and connect to your partner, family and yourself.
- Make tea (decaffeinated please).
- Wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, take a bath, etc.
- Read, preferably on real paper pages.
- Write; reflect on your day with a 5-minute gratitude journal.
Decide what works for you. Set up a night routine and I promise your mornings will feel like the fresh start you’ve always wanted.