It happens to all of us. The alarm goes off, and it is a frantic dash to get out the door. Hopefully fully clothed and with matching shoes. Never mind the various feelings that we have forgotten something important. Getting to work or wherever we needed to be already exhausted.
In reality, with just a few minutes of planning, most of the stress of getting out the door in the morning can be avoided. A less stress morning begins the night before.
A few simple techniques and a few minutes each night and you might even be able to stop and smell the roses once and a while.
- CLOTHES: Begin by knowing what you will wear the next day. You can have it planned in your head or better yet, go ahead and get the clothes out all the way to what shoes you will be wearing.
- MEALS: Plan what you will have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Get the coffee ready to brew. If you will be taking your lunch to work, then pack it up and put it in the fridge ready to go.
- LIST: Make a list of errands and to-dos for the next day. It can be as simple as jotting it down on paper or putting it on your phone or as complex as a chronological timeline for each thing with specifics of when it needs to be started and when it needs to done. (This may also help you sleep, once it’s down on paper your brain will be able to let most things go)
- DISCIPLINE: Know when you need to get up and when you have to go. The simple discipline of setting the time helps you keep on task, and also makes you aware of when you should be getting to bed to get enough sleep. Know your pitfalls. If you are aware that you spend way too much time reading your emails in the morning, then set a time limit and stick to it. The email will still be there on your lunch break.
The beginning of a wonderful morning begins with making the decisions at night. The fewer decisions you make before walking out the door will leave you with a fresh mind for the decisions for the day ahead.