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The alarm clock goes off and you are immediately filled with dread. Not again! It can’t be time to get up NOW. I just went to bed. Arrgghh, now my whole day is going to be messed up! You hit the snooze button hoping for just a couple of extra minutes of sleep. If you could just sleep 15 minutes longer, you would feel ready to take on the day!
If this is you more mornings than not, stick around! I have some tips and tricks to help you survive morning and make them a little bit easier.
Mornings can be rough! You don’t get much sleep because of 9,000 reasons. Your kids keep you up all night, you can’t turn your mind off and just get to sleep, and you name it! I totally get it.
So, with all that being said, how do you take your mornings from running around like a crazy person and hitting snooze 10 times to a much calmer and relaxed morning? It can definitely be a challenge, but it CAN be done.
Here are some tips and tricks to help your mornings run smoother (even when you keep hitting the snooze button):
Don’t go all Betty Crocker when you’re running late. Have some quick breakfasts on hand to grab and go. There are so many healthy grab and options these days, so the possibilities are endless. Put them in their own basket/bin so your family already knows what’s approved to eat for breakfast and don’t pitch a fit for cookies for breakfast! J
No tablets, phones, or TV. We think we’re relaxing to decompress, but in reality, we get into a TV show or social media and lose track of time. THEN we’re later than we were, to begin with.
Pack your lunches the evening before
You don’t have to do lunches at 8:00 at night. You can make this a part of your kids after dinner routine. Have them pack their own lunches and then they’re ready to go the next morning.
To make it even easier: have a couple of baskets in the fridge and pantry with all of the lunch snacks in the same place. You can put a note on the front of each basket that says grab 1 or grab 2 or whatever. This will also prevent your child from taking all of the Chips Ahoy on Monday. It will also let them know it’s okay to grab 2 applesauce pouches because they’re healthier.
Layout clothes the night before
You can layout outfits the night beforehand and it helps a ton! You’re already delirious and half asleep when you wake up which makes it take longer to make decisions. The more decisions you can make the night beforehand the better. You can also use something like this LINK LINK LINK LINK and do it a week at a time.
Shower the night beforehand
This one tip has helped me so much. I used to dread drying my hair every single morning. It felt like it took 10 years! Now, I take a shower before bed and let my hair dry overnight. I then wake up and style it the next morning. If you’re not naturally a morning person, this will help out a lot!
Leave stuff by the door
Layout anything you need to take with you by the door. This helps prevent you from forgetting things and leaving them at home. If you are taking a package of paper towels with you to donate to your child’s class, leave them by the door!
Wake up at least 5 minutes earlier for me time
Wake up at least 5 minutes earlier to get a chance to breathe, sprinkle some water on your face, or something before the chaos erupts.
Set timers to help you get ready faster. I set a timer for 10 minutes before I have to walk out the door. This lets me know I need to hurry up and get it together because I’m running out of time.
Use the 30 Minutes to Successful Mornings Checklist
Use the 30 Minutes to Successful Mornings Checklist to help you figure out the things you can do the night beforehand that will help you tremendously the next morning. Believe me, when you have these tasks completed the night before, you wake up already feeling productive and ready to take on the day!
Mornings can be rough, but they don’t have to be. You can take these steps to help you get up and out of the door every single morning even if you’re not a morning person. You can start implementing these habits and tricks to eventually have a calmer morning. Don’t forget to sign up for the 30 Minutes to Successful Mornings Checklist HERE, or below, so you can tame the morning chaos in your house!