Does this sound familiar?
It’s morning and the alarm goes off. You immediately hit snooze, grab your cell phone to see what’s happening on Facebook and check emails. 15 minutes later, you come out of the social media abyss, realizing you’re going to be late. As you rummage through your closet you begin to mumble that you “have nothing to wear” so you throw on an outfit you aren’t terribly thrilled about. And then as you try to leave the house, you can’t find your keys (or kid’s shoe/notebook…you get the idea.) Basically, its mad chaos every morning, and feels like there’s no hope in sight!
Yes, I sadly admit, this was how my days usually started. Until I made some key changes.
Here’s the thing. Mornings don’t have to be stressful and definitely not chaotic either! Believe me that is a sure-fire way to feeling frustrated.
I don’t think I’ll ever be a morning person, and yet I absolutely LOVE the feeling I have when my morning is planned out and I’m able to move through it calmly.
Try these 3 tips. You’ll see that your overall mood will be lighter and your daily productivity will increase even double!
Want to know the best part?! You can start TONIGHT!!!
Because, how smooth your next morning and whole day will go actually depends on what you do (or don’t do) the night before.
Tip#1: Jot down your top 3 things you MUST do the next day.
Stick to 3 things MAX. Then identify your #1 priority. Putting your to-do’s down on paper gets them out of your head so you can relax and rest. If you go to bed without writing these down, not only will you most likely forget what you need to do tomorrow but you will also spend the night worrying instead of sleeping. This way, when you wake up in the morning, you will know exactly what needs to get done.
Tip #2 Set out your clothes for the next day.
This might sound like something your mom told you when you were a little kid in school. And yes, I do tell my kindergartner to set out her clothes at night too. But seriously, I do this myself every single night, and if I happen to fall asleep before doing this ONE thing, my whole morning is off. At night you have the time to try on different looks as well as make sure everything still fits and doesn’t need repair. I promise when you do this at night versus in the morning, you’ll see that you do actually “have something to wear.” (Darn! I know, I have no excuse wearing yoga pants. Unless I’m actually going to Yoga.)
Tip #3: Prepare your body for a good nights rest.
You probably already know that a good nights rest is important to having a good day. I bet you have a bedtime routine for you kids. Since they were very little babies you’ve been getting them ready for bed with a bath, pjs and then read a story (or something like that, right?) And you probably started this process earlier than the time you want them to be asleep so they aren’t cranky the next morning. But, how often do you actually follow through on preparing yourself for bed?
Just like kids, we can’t expect our body to shut down and get a good night’s rest when we are still wired from the days activities.
You’re thinking, who has the time for bedtime routine?! I get it. Often my routine” looked like this: quickly splashing water on my face, putting kids to bed (whew!), and finally open my laptop to work on projects until very late until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. Definitely not a great way to set up my day.
Creating a routine is actually simple and once you start to implement you will find it easy to stick to. The key is to find what will work best for you. Maybe you like reading but never find time to do so. Well, now your NEW bedtime routine can include that.
Here’s an example: (1) nightly skincare regimen (aka not splashing your face!); (2) drink a glass of water or herbal tea; (3) read a few pages or chapter of a book.
When you carve out time, even just 20 minutes, for this every night you will find that you can actually go to sleep more relaxed and wake up refreshed. Yay!
Gretchen Rubin, author of Happiness Project, writes about the importance of having a bedtime ritual. One of her tips is start the process of your bedtime routine earlier in the evening before you get overtired.
A consistent bedtime routine will set YOU & your day up for success!
Tell me, what do you do to get ready for the next day? Do you have a bedtime ritual?
Share yours with us in the comments.