When is the best time to plan for your morning? If you said the night before — or before you go to bed, give yourself a gold star! Just as I clean my house and do other items when I am heading off for a conference or vacation that will make my Future Self happy, I also take steps to make sure my mornings start off right. What do I do? In addition to reading my Gratitude Journal to see what good things happened to me the day before, I know that once I wake up, portions of my day have been planned so I can face it with a happier frame of mind.
Here is what I do and maybe this will help you!
- I am well known in my family for freaking out if even a spoon is left in the kitchen sink. I am well known, also, for washing dishes while people are in the midst of dinner prep! Toward that end, I do a quick tidy up in the kitchen. I make sure the sink is empty, the coffee pot is filled, the kitchen table is cleaned off so I can just sit down and eat my breakfast. I also make sure the end tables are cleared, counters are tidy and everything is just a skooch cleaner than it was.
- Because I need coffee and food when I wake up, I make certain I have what I want for breakfast available. I don’t want to plan on having an egg only to find out there are none. I don’t want to get ready for my coffee only to discover there is no creamer. Decide what you might want to eat then make certain you have the ingredients.
- Before I leave the office, I make my to-do list for the following day. This helps me focus when I walk into the office in the morning and it also helps me sleep at night because I won’t wake up with the middle of the night, “What am I forgetting” panic. When it comes to my to-do list I keep it manageable. A list that is dozens of items long is likely to overwhelm you and you could be frozen in place. At the very least you could find yourself not crossing off many items and that is discouraging.
- Whether you work from home or leave the home and go to the office, choose your clothes the night before. Why? If you’re thinking, “I’m going to wear that great blue blazer tomorrow” and when tomorrow comes and you’re rushing to get out the door and find it’s got a stain or is missing a button you have to rethink your wardrobe. Choosing your wardrobe the night before helps the morning go more smoothly. Even though I work from my home office, I still choose my clothes the night before. If you leave the house, make sure you have everything you will need for the day in one location so you can grab it and go.
- Early to bed, early to rise. Okay I admit, I go to bed early… like 9 pm if possible. I love to get up early, like 5 am. I love the quiet and darkness of the morning. I get a lot of work done when no one else is awake. My brain is firing on all cylinders first thing and my writing flows easily from my brain to my fingertips. I accomplish a LOT before 9 am and that makes me feel good.
Your night time routines will help you conquer the overwhelm of the coming day and that is a great thing! What can you do to make your mornings easier to face? Share in the comments.