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Are you tired of mornings where you fly out of bed and rush, rush, rush? Me too!
Do you constantly get told that the solution to your problem is simply to get up earlier? Me too–but um–I already get up somewhere between 5 and 6 am so I don’t think that is my problem. Actually, I know with 100% certainty it isn’t my problem and I am almost as certain that it isn’t your problem either–even if you get up several hours later than I do.
The Solution To Rushed Mornings
I found my solution to rushed mornings in Crystal Paine’s new course Make Over Your Evenings and I plan to share a big part of it with you below, but to completely makeover your mornings from over-stuffed and overwhelming to manageable and sane, you will need to enroll in the course.
How To Have A Better Morning Without Getting Up Earlier
In day 9 of Crystal’s Make Over Your Evening course, a light bulb went off in my head. She was talking about placing things you need for errands that next day near the front door when suddenly in my head I started thinking of all I could do at night that I have been cramming into the morning hours.
I admit this isn’t the first time I have heard about preparing for morning the night before, but up until now I have always combated it with the excuse that I am so brain-fried at night that I would rather use that time to just relax. After all, I deserve to relax after a long hard day of homeschooling, homemaking, and blogging.
That attitude problem was causing me to have to fit too much into my mornings–a time when I am most alert and capable of my best work.
As I watched Crystal pack her purse for the next day for her camera crew, I started thinking of all the no-brainer things I do each morning that I could take time to do in the evening even with a fried brain.
3 Morning Tasks I Am Moving To Evenings
Your tasks that you can move might not match mine, but that is understandable; you are not living my life and I am not living yours. I am simply listing mine so that it will get the wheels turning in your head of what you could take out of your morning routine and put into your evening hours to make mornings a little less hectic.
1. Pick out an Outfit for the Next Day
I am already in the habit of picking out a workout outfit and placing it on the kitchen table each night before I go to bed so it just seems natural for me to take just 5 to 10 minutes more to pick out an “after workout” outfit as well.
I have always fought this idea, saying the Indiana weather is just too unpredictable to decided what makes sense to wear the night before–but seriously–that excuse should have died years ago when handy weather apps became available.
I have already been practicing this a day or two and it is making mornings a whole lot less stressful–and not just for me. It also helps my poor husband, who is often still in bed when I am getting out of the shower, and was enduring having to pull the covers over his head while I turned on the lights to pick out an outfit.
Time to do this each evening: 5 to 10 minutes
2. Assign Children Their Chores
We have a chore chart that I fill out for the children each day. The chart is a lifesaver for me, it has freed up so much of my time to pursue blog work and it provides my children with money to learn to manage well.
However, it takes around 10 minutes each morning to fill out. I can just as easily look around my house at night and see what house-cleaning tasks I can assign to the kids the next day as I can in the morning. It does not require a fully alert brain to write down “fold laundry” or “wash dishes.”
Time to do this each evening: 10 minutes
3. Put Work Gear Where it Needs to be
Since I work from home, I don’t need to prepare my purse or lunch or diaper bag for the kids (long past the diaper stage), but since our home is small, my office is a floating one.
By floating I mean I work wherever it is quietest and that depends on not just the day, but the time of day. It takes me about 5 minutes to gather all my work gear from where I was working the night before to where I am going to be working that morning.
Each night I am going to make it a habit to think through where I will be starting work the next day and place the supplies I need to work in that place.
Time to do this each evening: 5 minutes
Time Saved In The Morning & How I’m Making The Tasks Fit Into My Night Time Routine
If you add the time it takes me to do those 3 tasks, I have freed 20 to 25 minutes for my mornings without getting up any earlier. What would you do with an extra 25 minutes each morning? Work out? Read? Study God’s Word? Take a longer shower? I am planning to get more blog work done. Boring, I know, but by getting it done while I am most alert I can relax and do fun things that require me to be less alert later in the day.
Of course, that also means I need to find 25 minutes at night to do these tasks. My plan is to do them right after dinner when I still have a bit of energy left. I am going to have to practice self discipline to not hit the couch with a good book before they are done, but I know the reward is that I can now read my book in the evening without thinking of all that blog work I didn’t get done.
I have been practicing this new routine the last few nights and it really hasn’t felt like it has added stress to my evenings in any way, but it sure has taken stress OUT of my mornings.
A few More Ideas of Things You Might Want to Shift to Evening Time
- breakfast prep
- getting the dishwasher started
- writing out your to do list
- setting out your workout gear
- signing kids’ papers for school and placing them in their bags
- cleaning the kitchen counters
- making lunches
- deciding what is for dinner
Once again, what works for your evening routine is going to depend on the unique nature of your family and your stage of life, but having a evening routine is going to make mornings run smoothly without even having to get out of bed one minute earlier than you do now!
How You Can Achieve Morning Success Too!
A blog post doesn’t allow me to share all that I am doing to make over my evenings in order to make over my mornings without getting up earlier.
However, the 14 day course Make Over Your Evenings does! Crystal walks you through exactly what you need to achieve success with her simple 5, 5, 5 formula. A daily 5 minute video, followed by 5 minutes of reading and wrapped up with 5 minutes of filling out a worksheet that will help you come up with a night-time plan that caters perfectly to your needs.
Go grab your copy here!