Most people would agree that mornings are rough. Aside from pulling ourselves out of our warm, cozy beds, we then need to rush around getting what feels like a million things done so that we can actually start our day. Things get even more hectic when you have siblings, parents, and/or roomies who are getting ready around the same time as you. When I lived at home, my mornings were crazy and completely disorganized. Most of the time, I ran around like a manic, almost always forgetting something or arriving late to work or class. Starting my day off in such a negative way started to get to me, so I committed myself to finding ways to make my mornings more organized. I live with my boyfriend now, and my mornings are much better – not only because there are less people to deal with, but because I figured out a method to make things easier.
Want to know what it is? You should! Having a more organized morning that flows and doesn’t feel like total crap is pretty great. Yeah, it means waking up earlier (but you already knew that) and preparing in advance (I’m sure you expected that too), but it’s worth it. Arriving to work on time after a productive morning puts me in a much better mood than running around, grabbing things at random, and not having enough time to even pick out a good outfit. It’s not exactly easy to get into this routine, and it will take some getting used to, but stick with it, and you’ll appreciate it very much very soon. Here are a few little things you can do to make your mornings more organized:
1. Schedule a routine.
Don’t just think about what you need to get done – write it down, and then schedule it out. Do this for at least two-three weeks before the habits start to stick. So, for example, you can write something like: 6:00 – 6:15 Morning Yoga. 6:15 – 6:30 Shower. 6:30 – 6:50 Get dressed/do makeup. Etc.
2. Meal prep breakfast.
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One of the best things you can to do to make your morning less hectic is to prepare breakfast beforehand. Of course, if you’re just planning on eating cereal every day, this isn’t necessary. But if you want something healthier or more filling, you should make your meals the night before, or a few nights before. Every Sunday night, I make a tray of egg muffins (basically little mini frittatas). They’re so easy to make, and then I have breakfast for the rest of the week. All I have to do is stick them in the microwave for a minute, and they’re ready to go. It’s truly life-changing.
3. Set little alarms so you stay on track.
Remember how I said to make a schedule? Well, you should also set alarms to signify the end of each item. It will help keep you on track and prevent you from forgetting about time passing.
4. Do something for yourself in the morning.
One really important step of having a more organized morning is to change your mindset. If you walk around complaining about the mornings, if you dread waking up, and if you only think of it as a negative time, it’s going to be pretty sucky. So, start making your mornings better. Reserve time for *you* time. Give yourself 15 minutes to read a book or play with your dog or even watch the news – whatever makes you feel good and relaxed. Yeah, it might mean giving yourself extra time, but it’s a really good way to make you almost look forward to the AM.
5. At least think about what you want to wear.
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One of the most common tips for making mornings easier is to plan your outfit the night before. I actually hate doing this, but if you don’t mind it, then try it! If you can’t actually lay out of your clothes, then at least think about what you want to wear so that you have an idea, and aren’t blindly staring at things with no clue about what to do.
6. Organize the beauty supplies that you use in the AM.
Part of keeping your morning organized is keeping the rest of your life pretty organized too. If you put on makeup and/or have a specific skincare routine every morning, then make sure that stuff is neat! Organize your beauty drawer or vanity so that everything is in easy reach and isn’t hard to find. Digging through stuff looking for something specific will take up time and make you feel rushed.
7. Don’t even think about going on social media.
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I have rule I follow every morning: I don’t let myself look at my phone for anything until I’m sitting on the train during my commute. I know that if I start scrolling through Instagram or watching Snapchat stories, even for a few minutes, my time will get totally lost and I’ll end up feeling super hectic. Either block out a specific amount of time for social media, or wait until you’re finished getting ready to look.
8. Go to sleep earlier.
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I know that the last thing you want to hear is a simple, “Get more sleep, silly!” But honestly, it’s so important. How can you have an organized morning if you’re still awake at three AM? Try to get to sleep a little earlier and you’ll thank yourself later.
9. Make your bed.
Not to sound like your mom, but making your bed every day is a good idea. Making your bed only takes a few minutes, and it puts you into the right frame of mind – something about seeing it neat and clean makes you feel a little bit more neat yourself, and gets you ready for the day. Plus, once your bed is made, you most likely will not be crawling back in it. Do this first thing in the AM!
10. Put on music.
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Music is a great way to get yourself focused and feeling more energetic. Put on something that gets you ready to get sh*t done, or something that helps you buckle down and focus. It’s fun to listen to, and it really does work.
11. Manage your expectations.
Okay, this is important – manage your expectations for yourself. If you’ve never been a morning person and you suddenly want a relaxing morning routine, it isn’t going to happen overnight. You can’t wake up super early one morning and do everything perfectly and continue that way every single day. Start slowly if you need to. Add things in as they feel right. Don’t try to cram too much into the morning. Love the idea of working out in the AM but physically can’t seem to manage it? It’s fine! Do it at a different time. There is no “perfect” morning, there’s just what works for you.
12. Create a to-do list right away.
One of the first things you do should be to create a to-do list, putting the most important things at the top. It reminds you of what needs to get done, and if you’re in the right frame of mind, will help with motivation. Plus, it makes it harder to forget stuff while getting ready.
13. Get as much done on Sunday nights as possible.
Thinking about planning ahead each night sounds great, but at the end of the day, it sometimes isn’t doable – literally. If you have a long day and you’re exhausted at night, chances are good that you aren’t going to spend an hour preparing things for the next morning. This is why I like to try and get as much done as I can on Sunday nights. I prep breakfasts, my lunches, and I clean up so that things are ready for the week. It takes a few hours of your Sunday, but it’s definitely worth it.
14. Write out what you need to get done on a dry erase board the night before.
Write out each task you need to do in the morning on a dry erase board that you’ll see as soon as you get up. Check them off as you do them to stay on top of stuff.
15. Set your coffee machine to start making coffee before you’re even out of bed.
If you have coffee maker that can be set ahead of time, take advantage of it. It’s great to wake up to coffee and not have to spend time making it and waiting for it!
16. Do at least 10 minutes of exercise.
I know, I know, I know. Exercise in the AM is the last thing most of us want to do. But hear me out – doing even just 10 minutes of exercise will give you energy, put you in a good mood, and help you feel more relaxed and less stressed. It doesn’t even have to be crazy cardio, it can be meditation or yoga. Just do something to get your body moving.
Which one of these tips are you going to try? What do you do to make your mornings better? Share in the comments!