Mornings can be chaotic, especially when you have children to contend with as well! I am not a morning person so I knew that I needed to take action to help my mornings run more smoothly. There were many occasions in the past when I would be up late, not be able to find things that we needed and I would be dressing the girls and find that they had stains on their outfits or the outfit I wanted to wear was still in the wash.
Starting the day with problems and frustrations is not mentally healthy. You start the day feeling low or grumpy and when you are feeling that way, it can set the tone for the rest of the day. Whereas, when you start the day feeling organised and confident you have much more chance of having a happy and productive day.
I also think that it is important for us as role models to our children, to model healthy habits in starting the day productively.
So how can we practically guarantee an organised start to the day?
Preparation is the key! The night before, there is a lot that can be done to make sure that you start your day productively. I know that at night when you are tired you may not feel like doing things that could be done in the morning, but trust me, you will thank me in the morning! Taking twenty minutes at night to prep for the morning can take away so much unnecessary stress and really make a big difference to how you feel each day.
Here are five simple steps which you can take the night before to ensure you have an organised start to the day.
1. Prepare tomorrows lunch.
Making packed lunch for the kids the night before saves time from the morning routine. You can also make your lunch the night before too. If you work, you will save money by taking your own packed lunch or if you are at home you are saving time by preparing all the lunches together.
2. Lay out clothes and accessories.
Picking out your outfit and laying it out ready for the morning saves so much time and stress. You have time at night to think about what you would like to wear and you can check that it is clean. You can iron if needed and you can also pick out any accessories that you want too. Doing this with your child also helps them learn to develop this as a habit as they grow older.
3. Pack bags.
Packing your handbag or work bag the night before and your child’s school bag saves time and stress. If you have anything that cannot be added until the morning, you can jot it down on a sticky note and stick on the bag to remind you.
4. Check your planner for tomorrows tasks.
Take a moment to check your planner or diary to see what is in store for the next day. You could even make a quick list of tasks which you would like to accomplish. That way in the morning you can hit the ground running, knowing exactly what needs to be done and where you need to be.
5. Set alarms.
Spend a couple of minutes setting or checking on your alarms for the morning. As all phones have alarms on them now and they allow for multiple alarms you can use this to your advantage. Along with setting an alarm for getting up in the morning, you can also set a couple of alarms to keep you on track and conscious of the time. For example, I have an alarm set for 20 minutes before we have to leave the house and an alarm set for when we have to leave the house.
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I hope that you have found this useful and that you enjoy a more organised stress-free start to each and every day!