Is your morning always a hectic hustle and bustle at home? Are you usually rushing to finish your work and presentations at the last minute before you head out the door? If so, then you’re likely setting the tone for your day to be full of stress.
The good news, however, is you’re not alone. A lot of people these days, especially working parents, struggle to keep up with all their morning responsibilities while still making it to work and school on time. Though this scenario may seem normal, we can actually make it through more easily and efficiently by creating morning routines to help get everything done in a systematic way.
Adopting stress-free morning rituals will help you start your day on a more positive, relaxed note, so here are a few tips to help you switch your approach:
- Plan your breakfast the night before and prepare it ahead of time if possible. If you want hard boiled eggs, boil them in advance. If you like bagels and cream cheese, cut the bagels the night before, so you can quickly and easily finish them in the morning.
- Clean up the night before. Make your kitchen sparkle and be clutter-free, so you can move around with ease the next morning. You don’t want have to spend time cleaning dishes before you can use them to eat your breakfast.
- Lay out uniforms and outfits the night before. If your kid needs a clean pair of socks that are still in the laundry room, pull them out and put them with the rest of the outfit, so you don’t have to make excess trips back and forth around your house to locate them. Do the same with shoes and jewelry. If your clothes are wrinkled, iron them the night before.
- Focus only on what is needed in the morning. Don’t allow your work to interrupt your morning and cause you to worry. Resist opening your computer before everything has been done, so you can concentrate on urgent tasks first. If you have fewer things distracting you, you will be more efficient in getting each thing done.
- Do your extra grooming routines the night before. If you need to blow dry your hair or shave, these tasks usually take time. If you do them the night before, however, that can save a huge amount of time in the morning.
- Delegate. Have your family to help you. Teach your kids to prepare their own school uniforms, bags, and other school essentials. Teach them how to cook their own breakfast, so you can get dressed faster.