5 ways to plan your day & make your early mornings stress-free

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Wahoo! After a long couple of weeks, my blog is finally back :). I’ve been transferring my hosting over to a UK provider and it has just been problem after problem. Thankfully the support people have been great and I’m lucky enough to work in a Dev team (although not a developer myself) so they’ve got me through it.

The cold weather got me thinking about writing this post. It’s already hard enough to get up in the morning let alone when it’s dark and bloody freezing! I have to get up at 5:45am so I want to make sure I cram in as much sleep time as possible or I will be the most unproductive biatch the next day and nothing is particularly fruitful.

I’ve set up little routines that I do just before I get tucked up in bed and then I know I’m all set for the next morning. As soon as I forget to make a plan I’m literally all over the place and I end up leaving the house with scarecrow hair and some very bizarre outfits sometimes.

  1. Lay out what you are going to wear. I have no idea why, but when I panic plan in the morning, it takes me about 10 minutes to think of something to wear (and it can end up looking pretty sh*t too). When I plan the night before, it takes me 30 seconds. WHY?! I’m not sure if there is a definite reason but there are probably a few factors at play here, including the fact that I’m usually still half asleep at 6:15am.
  2. Meal prep. No, this isn’t about dieting or anything like that but if you take breakfast or lunch to work then try your best to have everything in one place so you can just grab it out of the fridge in the morning. I tend to put cupboard stuff out on the side in a bag and the fridge stuff in tupperware so I can just chuck it in a bag and go in the morning. Added bonus – when you plan your day of food it will save you LOADS of money too!5 ways to plan your day to have a stress-free early morning
  3. Unwind before bed and get a good night’s sleep. I know I sound like your mum but this is something that always provokes that I never regret it when I do, I always regret it when I don’t kinda guilt-trip with myself, especially when the only thing I stayed up for was a Family Guy episode that I have already seen the day before. (Thanks ITV2 reruns). I like to have a camomile tea before bed (at the moment I’m having the Twinings Camomile & Honey infusion – it’s so soothing and smells deeevine). If I’m feeling particularly anxious or worried I will have a bath and take a couple of Kalms to ensure I can relax a little.5 ways to plan your day to have a stress-free early morning
  4. Make sure your bed is the best place to chill. Nothing worse than getting into an unmade bed. Okay I can’t lie, this does happen to me most days every now and then and I find that I just don’t sleep as well. At the weekends this doesn’t really bother me but I find it’s something really worth doing in the week to give myself the best head start for the next day.
  5. If you have something on your mind, or you’ve got a lot of things to do then write it down. You’ll be amazed at how helpful this is – both helping you get off to sleep and then you’ve already managed to plan your day with a list of priorities. Sorted.

Also if you live anywhere in the UK make sure you check the weather forecast (although I’m sure we all already carry around an umbrella, sunglasses, hat and cardigan just in case).

Do you have any evening rituals or little ways to plan your day?

xo Becca