A few weeks ago, I wrote a guest post for Sarah about the 5 things I do each night to make the following morning easier. Even as I wrote it, I thought of the things I do each morning to make that day easier.
Mornings are hard guys. I am NOT a morning person. My husband is a rare breed who jumps out of bed as if he’s been up for hours. He’s loud and awake and ready to start the day. I, on the other hand, cannot do that what so ever. I need at least an hour of quiet talk, shuffling around, and ahuge cup of coffee in order to fully wake up. He’s learned (though he often forgets, leading to early morning arguments that no one likes) not to even bother for at least 30 minutes, or until he’s promised me coffee and bagels.
Short of a breakfast out (the promise of pancakes will also do the trick!) I need some real help in the morning. I find that having a set routine that I can follow without thinking each morning really helps me get through the morning. This is my little routine (not including the basics of bathroom, tooth brushing, getting the baby, letting the dog out, etc) that I have perfected to make my mornings run smoother and my days a little easier.
5 Things to do Every Morning to Make The Day Easier
1. Finish what you missed last night. As much as I wish I could say I complete my nightly routine each and every night, I can’t. Especially on Sundays, when Alex has to go to bed early and I want to squeeze a few more care free minutes out of the weekend. Those nights, I get a few things done and resign to finish them in the morning. But please, please, please finish them in the morning. Navigating around mess and chaos all day will really do no good for you. Finish those last few dishes, sweep a bit, put away toys.
2. Put away the dishes. Speaking of doing those dishes, remember how last time I told you to do all of your dishes, but you didn’t have to put them away? Well, now that they’re clean and dry, put them all away! That is all.
3. Choose 3-4 items off your to-do list. This is my big one. I know that you, like me, have the to-do list of the century. It’s three miles long and seems like it will never be over. The only way I can both make sure I get some done AND not stress out non-stop over it is the each morning, look it over and choose a few that I will finish that day. Maybe you’ve had “send thank you” on your list for 2 weeks. Maybe you really need to call the dentist, once and for all. Maybe you have a shirt to return to Target (always.)
4. Plan your days meals. If you don’t meal plan, this will really make a huge difference in your day. Think of what you want for meals through the day. Check your fridge – do you have what you need? If not, make sure you have time to get what you’re missing, or change directions. I hate when 5 o’clock rolls around and either a. I don’t have something I thought I did, or b. I have NO idea what I want to eat and I’m starving. The worst. Reduce the possibility of disappointment and dismay by planning ahead.
5. Take 30 minutes to yourself. If you take a single one of these tips to heart and execute just one, I hope it’s this one. Every morning, give yourself a few minutes for you. Drink your coffee, peruse the internet, watch your favorite morning show, read a book – I don’t care. Just take it. It will really set your day up to be so much more relaxed and happy. The mornings that I skip this little bit of ‘me’ time I feel it all day. Try it for a week and you’ll feel a million times better.
Anything you would add? What does your morning routine look like? Let me know in the comments!
I also want to throw a quick happy birthday out to my dad! He’s the best dad and grandpa in the world, cheesy dad jokes and all. Happy 54th you old man.