Are your mornings a mess? Your kids are screaming, wanting food and needing diaper changes. You can’t even get a second to make your coffee, let alone get all of you fed, dressed, and out the door on time. If you need to improve your morning routine, then try doing these 3 simple tasks before bed.
1. Meal Planning
Making sure that you are ready for all the meals tomorrow can make the next day run much more smoothly. You’ll know what to get out for dinner, what to prep for breakfast, and what to pack for snacks for wherever you are going.
Head over to the Resource Library to get your FREE printable menu planner.
So take a few minutes each night and make sure you know the plan. Check that you have everything you need for the next day’s meals, and reschedule things if you need to. Pack any lunches for the next day that needs to be done so you don’t have to feel rushed in the morning. Doing this at night will save time and stress the next day so that you have one less thing to worry about.
I don’t know about you, but I HATE trying to decide what to have for dinner and then realizing that it’s too late to defrost or marinate or I’m missing a key ingredient. It drives me nuts. And it makes me either spend more money and time on an extra store run or make some random thrown together a meal that no one is happy with. So I try to always have an idea for all the food needed for the next day before I go to bed.
It will save you TONS of stress.
2. Set Out Clothes
I’m going to be super honest. I don’t do this currently. And here’s why. I’m nursing my 8-month-old daughter. So my wardrobe currently consists of 5 (I don’t actually wear one of them because it wasn’t cut properly and it shows a RIDICULOUS amount of side boob) nursing tank tops, and either jean shorts, yoga pants, or jeans. So the worst problem I have is if I forgot to throw my clothes into the laundry I may not have a clean shirt. The hazards of only wearing 4 shirts..
Anyway. When I actually wear clothes from my non-nursing days, this makes a big difference.
Setting your clothes out the night before makes it very easy to start your day. It pushes you to get up and get dressed right away. And that, in turn, makes you less likely to lounge around feeling tired in the morning. It also keeps you from wasting a lot of time trying a bunch of different outfits for the day.
When I went to work I rarely changed my outfit the day of which allowed me to have as little time devoted to getting ready for work as possible, which I appreciated a TON when I was working 2 jobs and close to 75-80 hours each week.
Try laying out your clothes for the next day to get rid of a decision in the morning and save a little more time to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.
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3. Look Over Tomorrow’s Schedule
This may seem self-explanatory, but I ALWAYS do this. I check to make sure I remember any appointments I have to be at for myself and the kids. I make sure I know my husband’s work schedule. And I also make sure that I remember any plans I may have made to see anyone.
You want to do this quick and simple task each night so that there is no last minute panic when you realize you forgot that your 3-year-old has an appointment at the eye doctor and you waited 5 weeks to get in but now you aren’t going to make it to the office in time.
And you don’t want to start cooking dinner for the whole family only to remember that the dinner meeting your husband told you about 2 weeks ago is tonight, not tomorrow.
With a family your schedule is ever-changing, so don’t rely on your (very full) brain to remember every change that comes up. Write it all down and look at it each day. That way there are no surprises and nothing gets missed.
Improve Your Morning Routine
So do these 3 very simple tasks every night before bed and save yourself some time in the morning. Now you can sit and enjoy that cup of coffee rather than leaving it on the counter on your way out the door 5 minutes late. (Trust me, I’ve been there.)
None of these things will take you more than a few minutes and it will quickly become a normal part of the evening.
- Meal plan for tomorrow after dinner (get your FREE printable meal planner from the Resource Library)
- Set out your clothes for the next day when you get changed for bed
- Look over tomorrow’s schedule when you lock up the house.
Live a more stress-free life by adding these 3 simple steps into your nighttime routine. What else do you do before bed to make your mornings go more smoothly?
Check out How Meal Planning Will Help You Save Money if you are new to meal planning.