Good morning, friends! I don’t know about you but this morning was a D R A G. I swear, the cooler mornings make it so much more difficult to pull myself out of bed! These crisp fall days are wonderful, but dang, these mornings don’t help my motivation sometimes. I realized that I needed to come up with hacks for an easier morning to make the start of my day better.
However, I have noticed that when I do a couple tasks at night to prep for the next day, my mornings go so much smoother. I’ve been so busy lately with various school projects that sleep is the last thing I think about. This means that my mornings need to be as easy as possible for my tired mind. It’s crazy how much one task can help set my day up for success.
1. Plan my outfit the night before
When I was in high school, I used to plan my outfits for the entire week. I set them aside in my closet and that was one less thing I had to worry about when getting ready. Now, it’s a little different that I’m in college, but I still have the same general ritual. On nights before days I work, I check out the weather to see what kind of clothes I will need to wear. It’s so helpful to plan an outfit the night before when you know how the weather will act the next day.
I have been loving the cold shoulder trend so much this year that I had to buy 1 top (or 5…) for these fall months!
2. Pack your lunch the night before
There are few things I dread more in the morning than having to think about and pack my own lunch. Just putting everything together for some reason is just so terrible for me in the morning. I have finally realized that when I get my lunch ready at night, my morning is so much smoother! It’s seriously as easy as prepping your food with your dinner leftovers!
3. Set your alarm a little earlier
When I get enough sleep, I am a morning person all the way. I love waking up before everyone else and having extra time to start working on my to do list. It feels so awesome to check off tasks before anyone else has even thought about being productive!
4. Ditch the snooze button
I’ve noticed that when I fall back asleep after my alarm goes off, I’m so much more tired when the snoozed alarm rings. Even if I wake up on my own before my alarm, I am increasingly more tired if I go back to sleep that extra 10 minutes before my alarm. It may be difficult at night to set your alarm when you think about how little sleep you’re about to get before the hustle of the following day. However, if you change the negative thought to thinking about having a couple extra minutes in the morning to do whatever you want, you’ll feel better and more motivated. Okay, okay, if you must hit snooze, set the alarm for a little earlier so you are still on time for work, school, or whatever fabulous thing you have today.
5. Go over tomorrow’s schedule at night
Lately I’ve been having so much anxiety about forgetting school assignments or missing due dates. Although this hasn’t happened yet, there is so much going on between work, school, and life in general that I’m afraid I missed something on my to do list. Before I go to bed, I look ahead to the next day and the rest of the week to see what plans and due dates I have coming up. From that I create a to do list so I’m not scrambling the next morning trying to figure out what has to get done. When doing this, I create 2 lists: one being a brain dump of everything on my mind that needs to get done, and the other a prioritized list based on due date.
6. Create a makeup bag of all your commonly used products
As a makeup lover, I have way too many products to keep in my bathroom all the time. It would also be overwhelming to have to choose between all the gorgeous colors when getting ready. Also, on a normal school/ work day I typically don’t get all done up–a light coat of foundation, mascara, and a little blush is really all I use daily. If you’re like me, I would definitely recommend you keep a bag of your most used, everyday products either on or under your vanity. Now, when you are primping in the am, all these go-to products will be easy to reach.
7. Take your caffeine to go
Ugh how I wish I could lounge around in the morning with a hot cup of tea and watch the TODAY Show. Because of my schedule, this is absolutely not a possibility and I need to take my tea to go. Lately, I have been using the Dixie® To Go cups and am loving the fact that there is no effort, no clean up, and no worries. I have more time to focus on things that matter (such as which podcast I’ll be listening to on my commute!) The leak-resistant lid & insulated layer also gives me the best on-the-go experience without making my little hands hot.
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