Mornings can get pretty hectic in my house. For me, getting out of the house on time depends on how I prepped the night before. We’ve heard over and over about the endless benefits associated with getting into a morning routine, being organized and getting up on time. It may be a struggle at first but hey I never said adulting was easy! Once you get into a routine it will become easier and you’ll thank yourself for it! Here are 6 night-time hacks for a better morning:
Plan your outfit– Standing in front of my closet aimlessly trying to determine what I’m going to wear to work is one of the biggest time killers. To avoid this, I try to plan my outfits the night before. Even if I don’t lay them out like a kid waiting to for the first day of school, I still try to at least have an idea of what I’m going to wear and knowledge of where the items are! Mentally planning to wear your red sweater then realizing you don’t know its exact location is a drag, and you still waste time looking for it. Counterproductive! When selecting your outfit, try to check the weather and plan accordingly. If anything needs ironing, iron it the night before!
Set your alarm but part ways with your snooze button- ok, I know for a fact, a cold hard fact, that I’m not the only one who hits the snooze button for 5 minutes then wakes up in a panic an hour later! The snooze button is not your friend. Your snooze button does not want you to be great. Set your alarm the night before, take off the snooze option and sit your phone across the room so that you have to get up when your alarm goes off.
Know where your keys are- I’d be embarrassed to admit how many times I have been late because I couldn’t find my keys!
Pack your lunch –Make your sandwich, secure your soup, pack your leftovers. Whatever you plan on taking for lunch, have it ready and packed the night before, but please don’t forget to take it out (set a reminder on your phone if you have to).
Get enough rest– I’m not sure how many of us really get enough sleep. Between checking twitter and Instagram before bed, gaming, catching up on emails, and watching YouTube videos, sleep is a bit compromised. Give yourself an hour without these things before bed. Unplug! Try this and see how much better your sleep is.
Let the top back and thank God for the day– Ok, that’s a Rick Ross line but let me tell you why it’s relevant, people tend to be more partial to recall negative experiences of the day, instead of neutral or positive ones. Do not take negativity to bed with you. Each night make a conscious effort to recall the good things that happened in the day and be grateful. It doesn’t have to be a grand event. If you left your home and returned safely, that’s a reason to be grateful. An attitude of gratitude will help keep your brain attuned to all of the good things in your life which in turn is programming your brain for happiness.
Hopefully adapting these 6 night time hacks for a better morning into your nightly routine will help you get better sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. What are some of the things you do to prep for the next morning?