These 5 Habits Can Help You Start Your Day the Right Way
Starting your day the right way will ensure that you feel calmer, happier and more productive from the start. You won’t be wasting time searching for missing or lost items. Remember, healthy habits don’t happen overnight.
They take at least 21 days to become ingrained into your normal routine so the sooner you start the quicker you’ll become a well-organized morning person. try these 5 habits for a better start to your day.
Tidy Up the Night Before
I’m especially guilty of this one. We’ve all been there when we’ve felt too tired to wash the dishes, clear the counters or sweep and mop the floors.
Spending a little time every evening tidying and cleaning away the dirt, clutter and debris from the day really will save you time and anxiety in the long run.
Make it a fun routine by involving the whole family. Set a timer for 15 minutes and zip through those chores. Of course, if you’re on your own it may take slightly longer.
Make Lunch the Night Before
My husband often forgets to pack lunch the night before, then it takes time out of my day to make it for him to pick up later. Food preparation takes time and isn’t fun when you’re in a rush to get to school or work.
Spending time preparing lunch the night before ensures you all get a nutritious lunch time meal which will save you time and money.
Plan ahead so that you know exactly what everyone is having each day of the week. This will make sure you buy or make everything you need so there aren’t any last minute panics.
Get Clothes Ready the Night Before
How much time have you wasted trying to choose what to wear in the morning? Instead, get everyone’s clothes ready the night before. Make sure the entire outfit is on a hanger and that underwear, shoes and accessories are with it.
An even better habit is to organize the entire week’s wardrobe on a Sunday with everything hung in day order in your wardrobe ready to be picked on the relevant day.
My teenager has finally realized his day starts out much better when he puts his school clothes out the night before.
Write a to Do List
I have a notepad on my nightstand that I write in when I remember something I have to do in my business.
Write down all the chores and calls you need to do the following day. If they involve dropping off items at the dry cleaner, then bag them and put them by the front door.
If you need to post letters or packages then bag them and put them by the door. Your list will make sure you know exactly what you need to do and by having any items ready you won’t leave the house without them!
It really helps when the children’s school bags are packed the night before. I can’t tell you how many times my son has run around in the mornings looking for his schoolbooks.
Spend time putting everything you’ll need for day in your handbag or work bag the night before. You won’t need your iPad or laptop overnight so putting it in your bag or case before you go to bed will make sure you don’t forget it.
Any work documents or schoolbooks should be put into bags so that they aren’t forgotten.
If your children have gym class, football or another school or after-school activity then get the necessary kit ready in their bags before you head to bed. Put the bag by their school coat.
Starting your day feeling positive and organized really does have a major impact on the way the rest of your day pans out. A chaotic start is hard to recover from. By developing the routines above, you can be sure that you and your family will always start your day the right way.
I’ve tried implementing all 5 habits at some point, and although we sometimes fall out of the habit, I’ve found that when we do stick to them, our days start off a lot better and makes our lives so much more peaceful and happier.
What are some habits you incorporate into your morning routine to make your life easier?