Ensure yourself a good tomorrow, tonight.
You have time tonight, you might not have time in the morning. We all know our attitudes change over night. “I’ll do that in the morning” turns into “far too tired and rushed.” Here are 11 things you can do to avoid morning rush and a bad day.
1. Make a List for Tomorrow
Take a few moments before bed to look at the calendar for tomorrow and map out a simple plan and to-do list. This will help you wake up with ambition, intention, and motivation.
2. Cross Three Things Off Your List
After you make a to-do list, take a minute and challenge yourself to immediately cross three things off of it. By doing this, you’ll carefully consider everything on your list and weed out those things that aren’t really a priority.
3. Do a Quick Tidy & Pick Up
Take 5 to 15 minutes before bed to quickly pick up and put away things that are out of place in the main living areas of your home.
4. Shine Your Kitchen Sink
I love going to bed with a shiny sink. It’s such a wonderful thing to be greeted with a clean kitchen in the morning.
5. Get the Coffee Pot Ready
One less thing to do in the morning really helps ensure you will not be running late, forgetting anything, or spillling coffee everywhere in a mad rush. Get your coffee pot ready, or your french press (personal favorite,) and wake up knowing coffee is only on pot of hot water away.
6. Lay Out Your Clothes
Save yourself some time and effort in the morning by picking out your outfit for tomorrow. And don’t forget to dress for the day you want to have!
7. Put Your Phone Away an Hour Before Bedtime
Not only your phone, but anything that has to do with work, other people outside the home, or social media. Take plenty of time for yourself and your loved ones, and let your mind relax in the presence of your family. Take time to remind yourself why you work so hard.
8. Start Winding Down Early
If you plan to go to bed at 10 p.m., don’t wait until 9:45 p.m. to start thinking about bedtime. Turn off the TV, turn the lights down, and start prepping for your bedtime at least 30 minutes to an hour before it’s supposed to happen.
9. Think of Three Highlights From Your Day
Don’t spend time in the evening feeling badly about things that happened (or didn’t happen) during the day. You can’t change the past, so this helps nothing. Instead focus on the positive aspects of the day — the blessings, the surprises, the highlights, the good things, and encourage yourself to do your best again tomorrow.
10. Fill Your Soul & Mind With Something Encouraging
Turn on some relaxing music or read a good book before bed. Choose things that will calm and soothe your soul, not make you feel antsy or anxious.
11. Go to Bed Early
And finally, just go to bed. As early as you possibly can. It’s usually pointless to burn the midnight oil unless you’re staying up for something really important. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I stay up later at night scrolling on my phone just because I think I didn’t do enough that day.
Do yourself a favor and get to bed early if at all possible. That’s one of the best ways to set yourself up for a successful morning.