“Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.”
– David Kekich
Mornings have always been my worst enemy — what can I say, I love sleep! Even on the
rare days when I’m a morning person, I’m still rushing around trying to prepare for the day. Picking out a stylish outfit, packing my lunch and trying to find those damn car keys go from mole hills to mountains in a split second.
When you add kids into the mix, things get even more chaotic because now you’re trying to get multiple human beings ready at ONE time. And I thought I was having a hard time just getting myself ready. Just wait till I have kids.
That’s why preparation is key to making your mornings run smoothly which helps keep the stress at bay. To help prepare you for the next day, I’ve come up with 3 things you can add to your nightly routine to reduce the morning chaos:
Lay your clothes out for tomorrow.
It’s happened to everyone. You wake up go to put on the outfit you’ve thinking about when you suddenly remember those pants are dirty. No top matches them and now you’ve got to pick out another outfit. You have 10 seconds…GO! The clock is ticking. Don’t forget about the meeting you have with your boss. You’ve gotta look professional! AHHH! Panic ensues and now nothing seems to work.
Some people just don’t do well under pressure (and I just happen to be one of those people, even when it comes to the little things).
In an effort to reduce those “I have nothing to wear” mini-breakdowns, pick out your outfit the night before and set it out for easy access in the morning. Hey! It’s one less thing you have to do in the morning.
Kids ALWAYS want to pick out their own outfits. And it’s a great way for them to show off their little personalities 🙂 However, children have a mind of their own and a five minute ordeal can turn into a 3o minute tantrum. Pressuring them to get ready only causes the tantrum to escalate. To avoid this, take 10 or 15 minutes the night before to help them pick out their outfit for the next day. You can even make it fun by crafting a “Today I’ll Wear…” hook. Find out how to do that here.
Pack your lunch.
Lunch…the thing that always seems to be forgotten until you’re walking out the door in the morning. There have been plenty of times where I’ve gone hungry because I forgot my lunch and I was too lazy or broke to go out and buy some. But, it always seems like a chore to have to hurriedly put something together in the early morning. Most of the times when I get to work, I don’t even like what I’ve packed. I was just in such a hurry to put something together so I wouldn’t be late…
Packing your lunch the night before really does have some advantages…
1. It’s one less thing you have to do bright and early the next day.
2. Your meals tend to be better because you have more time to cook.
*Tip: Just add an extra piece of chicken or fish to dinner and put it in a Pyrex
container and savor it again the next day. Trust me, your taste buds will
3. It saves you money! Chances are you go out and get lunch because you were
to busy to pack lunch. A $5 meal per work day ends up costing you around
$1,300 a year.
If you want to go one step further, you can try meal prepping all of your lunches. This really helps when you have kids. PopSugar has some great ideas for prepping lunches in advance. Check it out here.
Keep all of your necessary belongings like your wallet, keys and phone in one place.
When you’re in a hurry, it never seems to fail. You’ve lost your phone, wallet or car keys. And there’s no way you’re leaving the house without all three. Could you imagine not having your cell phone all day? *GASP* The horror!
So you turn the house upside down looking for the missing items. And you find it in the most obvious of places in plain sight. Now all you can think about the rest of the day is all the cleaning you’ll have to do when you get home. Ugh…
There’s an easy fix for this, even easier then the two we discussed above. Just put your “must-haves” in one place before you go to bed. It can be a shelf, bowl or a section of the counter. But having everything in one place will make your life run much smoother.
Stop by tomorrow to learn 20 ways to kick back and relax with your significant other!