Breakfast and Coffee
This is probably the easiest thing you can start with for prepping yourself for a great day. Having your coffee and your breakfast ready to go within minutes helps speed your morning along. Currently, I’ve been enjoying overnight oats with protein powder and a bit of hot cocoa mix. With my coffee, it’s usually some sort of iced latte made with cold brew that we make every week. There are so many breakfasts that you can prep ahead of time and the recipes are so easy to find. If making your coffee is part of a morning ritual for you, keep on doing that! For me, it’s not much of a ritual and I like to be able to just grab my coffee and get to it. Cold brew doesn’t have to be cold either, it can be heated to give the warmth of a nice cup of joe. If cold brew doesn’t do it for you though and you still want something to help out your mornings, a programmable coffee pot might be your next best option.
All Your Outfits
This is another one that many people do but you can take it a step further and prep all your outfits for the day. Laying out your workout clothes, work clothes, after work clothes, can eliminate time spent looking for these outfits. Having an outfit ready to go for you the minute you come home can help you relax and jump into whatever activity you have next or get rid of an excuse to not go to the gym. It can also help if you are working or studying from home. Having a work outfit, you can change into instead of staying in your sweats all day can help put you into the right mindset to start getting work done.
Lunch and Snacks
Usually, I would prep my lunches at the beginning of the week but I understand that it’s not for everyone. Another thing you can do is when you make supper, make a bit extra so that when you are cleaning up you have some food to pack up for your lunch tomorrow. Gather whatever snacks you would like as well with your lunch items so that when you go to grab your lunch in the morning everything is right where it needs to be and you aren’t searching around for something to eat. This has saved me many a morning by preventing me from panicking while scrounging the kitchen. This is another habit along with setting out gym clothes, that can help cultivate healthy living habits.
These are things like keys, sunglasses, umbrella, wallet, phone charger, you name it. The items we generally need but often forget. A great solution for this would be to have a dish or basket where you keep these things. Essentially a station for when you need to head out the door, everything you could want would be there. Put your bag there so that you can easily grab it on your way out the door. Many of us spend way too many mornings crazed because we can’t find our keys or get to work only to realize our phone charger is still plugged in at home. Make a habit of placing these items in their new home the night before and you’ll be less like to forget these important items.
Make your daily to-do list the night before so that you aren’t trying to remember everything you need to do that day, that very day. Often, we have more clarity on what we need to get done tomorrow. And while things do come up that may change our plans, it is still smart to make a list the day before to keep your mind clutter-free the next morning. Simply review your list the next morning, add anything new then or throughout the day and you are good to go. I find that unless I have plan to have the extra time in the morning to make my list, I prefer to make it the day before so that I can simply start reviewing it right away in the morning and get to work.
This might sound small and insignificant but I find that I end up wasting more time than I ever intended looking for something to listen to. And sometimes, I even end up so distracted that I end up on another app altogether, not even looking for something to listen to anymore. I like to make sure I have something ready to go before my morning commute or workout the next day. Any time you would spend listening to something you should plan and make a playlist of the things you want to hear. It will also prevent you from looking at your phone while driving.
Gym Bag/Workout Clothes
If you go to the gym to workout, you’ll want to make sure that your gym bag is packed with everything you need. Many times, I’ve gotten to the gym and didn’t have my pass, so I need to manually check in, throwing me off and frustrating me. Or I get into the locker room and realize I’m missing workout pants, so I just decide not to workout at all. Make sure you have everything in your bag the night before to make your workout smooth and easy. If you leave packing your gym bag until the morning, you’re more likely to forget or just flat out say forget it. By making sure it’s ready to go you make it that much easier for you to hit the gym the next day.
Let me know if you have anything you like to prep the night before. I love hearing new suggestions and others would as well! I hope these tips were helpful in starting your morning out right.