I returned to full-time employment in an office last January and while I was a bit of a blubbering mess for the first month (or five), I soon got into the swing of things. There are hiccups along the way, for sure, but there are a few things I do in order to make my mornings (and week) less hectic and stressful.
1. Make lunches the night before. For EVERYONE.
My husband and I have three kids in school and the two of us are working full-time. Anyone who has ever made lunches for their family knows that it it takes time. We always make lunches for our kids the night before (to cut down on morning stress) but occasionally we’ll stop there and say we’ll make our own lunches in the morning. This sees me running around at 6 a.m., before the sleep lines have even faded from my face, and my day only seems to go downhill from there. ALL lunches need to be made the night before.
2. Plan out your meals for the week.
Every Saturday morning, I make a meal plan for the next seven days. I do a big grocery shop that morning and do a smaller shop mid-week for the fresh fruits and vegetables needed to get us through to the next Saturday. The daily meals are written on a chalk board in our kitchen and I will take out the frozen items (meat, etc.) for the next day’s meal and put it in the fridge to thaw.
3. Lay out your clothes the night before.
If I go into my closet in the morning with bleary eyes, I will flip through every item hanging there and waste precious minutes figuring out what to wear. If I lay it out the night before, my morning is much smoother. Get up, slip into clothes, go downstairs for coffee, etc.
4. Speaking of coffee, get it organized the night before as well.
I don’t know about you, but my morning commute includes me driving with a coffee travel mug in hand. We were given a fancy Cuisinart coffee maker that grinds beans for Christmas, but until I find the time to figure it out (2013?), I always make sure that my instant coffee for the Tassimo is stocked up and ready to go.
How about you? Do you have any tips for making mornings less hectic?
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