Traditionally, I’m a night owl. But now that I’m working full time, with a 1.5 hour (at least) commute in the morning and night, I’ve had to change my routine.
No matter how much sleep I get, I struggle with a 5.30am start. The last thing I want and need at that time of the day is unnecessary stress. And while some hiccups are unavoidable, most can be dodged. So what’s my secret to a stress-free morning? Well it’s pretty simple. The trick isn’t what you do in the morning, it’s what you do the night before: prepare.
I know how hard it can be to peel off the couch and get stuck into preparation mode. But trust me, it saves you so much time and misery and it’ll take you no more than thirty minutes! If that doesn’t entice you, maybe this will: the more you prepare the evening before, the more time you have to sleep in the next morning!
The beauty about my workplace is almost everyone eats their breakfast in the office, including me. So rather than eating at home each morning, I spend a few minutes each night cutting up apples and scooping yoghurt so I can enjoy breakfast at the comfort of my desk while I moderate online. It’s a double win for me, because not only do I save time in the morning for extra zzz’s, I also get to cure my hunger instead of craving my client’s amazing food posts.
Prepare lunch & snacks
I prep lunch and snacks the night before for three reasons. Firstly, if I’m rushing in the morning, I am guaranteed to forget something. Secondly, it takes twice as long in the morning because I’m still half asleep. And thirdly, I’m guaranteed to waste money and eat rubbish if I don’t prepare lunch and snacks . Because I meal prep every Sunday, most of my lunches done for the week. But it’s things like carrot sticks, crackers and salads that are my main priority the night before. Personally I save a lot of time, because all I have to do is grab what I need from the fridge and I’m on my way.
Ensure clothes are washed, folded and stored away
There’s nothing worse than waking up to find you’d left your clothes crumpled and creased in the washing basket. Not only is it frustrating, it also wastes time while you figure out what to wear as an alternative. I’ve made it a priority to do my washing Friday night (or Saturday morning at the latest) and then folded and put away by Sunday night. That way I know I have my wardrobe essentials ready at all times.
Choose and layout your outfit
In the morning, when I’m yearning to return to bed, the last thing I want to think about is what I’ll wear. Seriously, if I had my way at 5.30am it’d be a baggy tee and comfy yoga pants. By choosing what you wear the night before, you’ve got one less thing to think about in the morning. Plus, if your chosen outfit still happens to be in the washing basket (which it shouldn’t be, because you’re washing, folding and storing your clothes promptly!) you can get it ready the night before instead of having a rude awakening in the morning.
Tidy your room
Every night before bed I make sure my bedroom is tidy and organised. It’s a pain in the ass because I really just want to be in bed, but it makes it easier to navigate through the next morning (when I’m hardly functioning) and locate items if I am in an urgent rush. Plus, having a tidy room makes waking up and returning home more pleasant because it’s one less thing I have to do. Win, win!
Pack your bags
I can’t tell you the number of times when I’ve left the house and walked to the train station only to realise I’ve forgotten something. Headphones, recharges, books – you name it! The best way to avoid this is by packing your bags the night before. Not only does it help minimise the likelihood you’ll forget something, but it’ll saves you time too.
How do you get through mornings, and what your best tips to surviving them? Let me know in the comments!