Wednesday, February 22, 2012

4 Easy Tips for a Smoother Morning Routine

Even in our adult years, mornings are difficult. Not every morning is like high school or college where we hit the snooze button for an hour, but many mornings feel like we should. Just because we have stricter responsibilities as adults doesn't mean we don't want to throw a tantrum like children when our alarms go off in the wee hours of the morning. But, of course, we don't. We wake up every morning and get ready for our days at work, taking care of the kids, tending the house, or whatever else we have to do. Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Rather than start out your day struggling, try these four tricks to help your mornings run more smoothly.

Make Breakfast Beforehand

Take the time the night before to prepare breakfasts for the week or a portion of the week to come. This can cut down your preparation time in the morning and allow you to sleep more in the morning or actually relax some. Things like muffins, toast, bagels, and other things that can be thawed easily are great options. I like to make a batch of a dozen muffins on Sunday evening and then have two of those in the mornings with a banana or apple. Not having to worry about making breakfast in the mornings is a quick and easy way to save you some time and stress getting to work or other obligations.

Prepare Your Work Lunch the Night Before

Additionally, I like to prepare my week's lunches on Sunday evening, so that they are set and ready to go. I'll usually just put together various leftovers in different lunch sized portions, so that I can just grab and go. If you do not have leftovers from previous meals, you can try cooking several things and then freezing them for lunches in the future. Make an entire batch of one of your favorite meals and freeze lunch sized portions. Stocking up like this helps you save time all around and is a wonderful way to save money at work. Along this same line of thought, you can try to have your meals for that evening at least planned for the week. There is nothing more stressful and draining than having to go to the grocery store immediately after work. Plan out your weekly dinners and lunches before you week begins so that you can avoid any added stress.

Have Clothes Chosen for the Week

While this may sound silly, it really is a great way to save some time in the morning. While every day may feel like the first day of school where you pick out your favorite outfit, it can be extremely helpful for you morning routine. Pick out your clothes the night before and lay them out ready to go in the morning. Pick out the shoes, accessories, makeup, and get your bag packed for the morning. Be sure to look up the weather for the following day, so that you can be sure to choose an appropriate outfit.

Actually Get Sleep

This tip is most certainly easier said than done, but it is nonetheless endlessly important. Try to get an appropriate amount of sleep at night. With preparing so many things in the evening to spare your mornings, you may have to work hard to get to sleep on time. Sleep is essential to staying calm under stress and feeling prepared for your day. Do all that you can to get to bed at a reasonable hour. Try to avoid things that will keep you up at night. Turn off your computer and television at least 30 minutes before you plan to try to sleep. Do things that will help you mellow out after your day, so that you can sleep soundly.


This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 

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