Manage Your Mornings (by managing your nights)

January 8, 2021

Maybe you’re not a fan of “goals’ or “resolutions” but what if we just talk about “routines?” Specifically, morning routines.

What does it mean to “manage mornings?”

I’m recommitting to managing my mornings this year! Nothing is tied to the success of my mornings more than my nights. Meaning, in order to manage my mornings, I have to manage my nights. For me I first have to identify my pain points – those things that affect me most when it comes to feeling like I’m not put together or always behind. Right now those three pain points are:

  1. Laundry
  2. Dishes
  3. Getting dressed (aka: not wearing yoga pants every day – except for the weekends, because I’m not a savage)

Start the night before

The best way for me to be successful at these three things that are consistently so hard for me to stay on top of is to start the night before. Which looks like:

  1. Putting a load of laundry in the washing machine before I go to bed. Don’t start it, just put the physical clothes in the washer.
  2. Fully loading and running the dishwasher.
  3. Laying out my (real) clothes for the next day.

Create the habit

In the morning I follow the same routine (even if I look like a zombie while doing it). I get dressed, I start the washer, then I unload the dishwasher. As our family gets going for the day, I’ll switch the load of laundry to the dryer and always try and fold the clothes while they’re still warm. So by 8:00 I feel like I’ve accomplished 3 things and deserve a high five.

How about you guys? Do you do anything to try and manage your mornings?