Mornings can be rough, especially when you’re feeling frazzled, rushed, and are running out the door. You don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to have an organized morning. Start your day with a calm sense of accomplishment with these hacks for your morning routine.
Make a plan the night before
Think about everything you will have to take care of as soon as that alarm goes off. Let’s say you start each day with a run, followed by a cup of coffee and light breakfast, a shower, some quality time debating what you’re going to wear, prep time for hair and makeup, and packing a lunch for the workday. Make this routine simpler by planning ahead.
- Lay out your running clothes (don’t forget socks) near your bed.
- Put your coffee pot on a timer so a fresh cup is waiting for you when you get back.
- Prep your breakfast ahead and put all the prepared ingredients next to one another in the refrigerator so you can grab and combine.
- Pick out your outfit the night before and set it out next to your running clothes. Once you’ve chosen an outfit, close the closet so you aren’t tempted to changed your mind.
- Pack your lunch the night before so grabbing it is the last thing you have to do before heading out!
Find ways to double up
There are plenty of ways you can double up during your morning routine. Use a BB cream instead of a moisturizer/foundation combination to save extra time. Double the portion you’d normally use when making a smoothie so you have one for the next day. Pick up your coffee and a light breakfast on your way back from running and use the last few blocks to enjoy both. Combining these small tasks can be huge timesavers in the long run!
Prioritize & Reorganize
Let’s face it, not every morning can run on a perfectly timed schedule. If you sleep in or aren’t feeling as energetic, your routine can get jumbled and feel rushed. Think about the things that are absolutely necessary for the day, like fueling your body with food and getting exercise in. Putting these things first might come at a cost of not having a flawless blowout, or wearing a simple shift dress instead of an elaborate Fashion Week-worthy outfit. Put things first that will set you up for a great, successful day!
Practice makes perfect
It takes a few weeks to get into a solid routine or schedule with anything! Be patient with yourself and recognize that each day you get closer to making a habit. Once you have your morning routine down, it will feel like second nature and you won’t have to think about it anymore! You’ll feel less stressed and rushed each day, and can focus on looking forward to the great day ahead.
We all want to be superheroes and pack a hundred things into a short span of time. But is that realistic? Think about ways where you can lengthen your time in the morning and give yourself room to breathe and actually wake up. Crushing a ten mile run each day may seem like a great accomplishment, but if it adds extra stress to the rest of your tasks, consider dropping the mileage and schedule some long runs on the weekends.
Morning person or not, setting up a morning routine you can stick to each day will bring a lot of positive benefits to your day. Waking up feeling refreshed and prepared to take on the day will set you up for a more productive, positive time ahead.