Starting your day the right way will ensure that you’ll feel calmer, happier and more productive from the start. It will help assure that you don’t waste time searching for missing or lost items. Remember that habits don’t happen overnight, they take at least 21 days to become ingrained into your normal routine so the sooner you start the quicker you’ll become a well-organized morning person.
Clean Up the Night Before
We’ve all been there when we’ve felt too tired to load the dishwasher, clear the counters or vacuum the family room. Spending a little time every evening tidying and cleaning away the dirt, clutter and debris from the day really will save you time in the long run. Make it a routine to involve the family by setting a time limit for 20 minutes and zip through those chores. If you’re on your own though, it may take longer.
Prepare Lunches in Advance
Food preparation takes time and isn’t fun when you’re in the middle of something, but we all gotta eat, right. If you were really at work instead of home, you would be breaking for lunch too. Spending time preparing lunches for yourself, or all the family the night before ensures you all get a nutritious lunch time meal which will save time and money.
Plan ahead so that you know exactly what everyone is having each day of the week. This will make sure you buy or make everything you need so there aren’t any last minute panics.
Get Clothes Ready the Night Before
How much time have you wasted trying to choose what to wear in the morning? Too much probably and it gets worse if you have kids. Make sure the entire outfit is together the night before and place it on a hanger making sure underwear, shoes and accessories are with it. Even better is to organize the entire week’s wardrobe on a Sunday with everything hung in order in your closet ready to be wear on the relevant day.
Write a to Do List
Write down all the chores and calls you need to do the following day. If you need to post letters or packages then bag them and put them by the door. Your list will make sure you know exactly what you need to do and by having any items ready you won’t have to worry about it later.
Place things in Bags or Boxes
Spend time putting everything you’ll need for day in a bag or box the night before. You won’t need your iPad or laptop overnight so putting it in your bag or case before you go to bed will make sure you don’t go looking for it in the morning. Any work documents, school books, pens, paper, notebooks etc, should be put into bag or boxes so that they aren’t forgotten or mislaid!
These tips of course work great when you are able to return to work or school again, they are just common sense tips. If your children have gym class, football or another school or after-school activity then get the necessary kit ready in their bags before you head to bed. Put the bag by their school coat, and know in your heart there will come a time when we can all be social animals again. Chances are we might be more careful tho, not necessarily a bad thing.
Starting your day feeling positive and organized really does have a major impact on the way the rest of your day pans out. I make sure that any radio or telly is off, but any that might be on are tuned in to positive, light hearted and even comedic shows or music. When you are working at home, and everyone in the family is home, there will obviously have to be some comprimises, but generally your kids should be OFF the tv too. They would not be able to watch tv at school, so…. A chaotic start is hard to recover from. By developing the routines above you can be sure that you and your household will always start your day the right way.
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