Everyday Strategy: Start Your Morning the Night Before


In order to get out the door on time and with less stress, think of all the tasks you could do the evening before to streamline your morning routine. Here are a few ideas:

  • Choose what you plan to wear tomorrow. If it requires ironing, do it ahead of time.
  • Set the timer on the coffeepot.
  • Prepare and pack lunch items in advance.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged.
  • Make sure your car has gas.
  • Put your “go to” bag or any items you carry with you by the door.

If you have kiddos, you know how important it is to be in control of your morning.

  • Pick out what they will wear or if they are old enough, have them do so.
  • Prepare and pack lunch items in advance.
  • Sign any paperwork that needs to be returned to school.
  • Have your child’s backpack by the door.
  • Have coats or outer wear by the door.

What could you add to this list?  This list is not intended as a “be all / end all” list, but rather to get you thinking what will work for you or your family. Copy this and then make your own. Make a checklist and use it create more streamlined, less stressful mornings.

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