Don’t waste precious morning minutes on tasks that you can complete the night before. Instead, trade a television episode or social media time in the evening for a simple routine that helps you prepare for the day ahead. You’ll be less distracted, less hurried, more efficient, and focused the following day.
Here is a sample evening routine to follow. As always, use what works. Ignore what doesn’t. Modify as you see fit.
Map out your day. Write down (or put in an app) everything you need to get done the following day. Schedule your tasks. Work on the top priority item first thing in the morning.
Clear the digital clutter. Don’t get distracted by the things you worked on yesterday. Begin the day with a blank slate. Bookmark what needs bookmarking. Then close out all tabs, windows, and programs on your computer, tablet, and phone.
Put away your phone. Turn your phone off at least an hour before bedtime. Store it in a location outside your bedroom. Do not check it until your most important task is complete the next day.
Prepare morning beverages. Fill your water bottle and set it on the counter so that you remember to hydrate first thing in the morning. Add fresh grounds to the espresso machine. Fill your electric kettle with water. Set out all the things you will need to make coffee, tea, or beverage of choice in the morning.
Set out your clothes. Check tomorrow’s weather, and decide what to wear (to include workout clothes). Iron anything that is wrinkled. Set everything aside on a chair in your bedroom or a dedicated section of the closet.
Clean your space. It’s a simple pleasure to wake up to a tidy home. Put everything in its rightful place so that you wake up to a calm environment.
Journal. Reflect on your day. What went well? What needs improvement? What are you grateful for? Unload your thoughts so do you do not carry them into tomorrow. Set your intentions for the next day.