Mornings can be the absolute worst.
If the first things that come to mind when you think of weekday mornings are hitting snooze three times, tripping over piles of clothes, blindly reaching into your closet for the first clean shirt you can find and then spilling coffee all over it, well... you're not alone.
And since we're being honest here, that is not a good way to start your day. Wouldn't you rather start it with a 10-minute meditation session followed by breakfast and a cup of coffee (that you don't spill)?
What an idea!
If you're rolling your eyes right now because you're not a morning person and can't even imagine a morning like that, I hear you. I'm not going to suggest you set your alarm an hour earlier -- I know the very idea of that sends a lot of night owls over the edge.
I'm just going to provide you with three simple tips that will make your mornings a whole lot easier.
Prepare to have your mornings changed forever.
Lay out your clothes and pack your lunch at night.
When bedtime rolls around, the urge to lie in bed with Netflix and ice cream often overpowers the urge to prepare for the next day.
And I don't blame you. The first activity I mentioned is about a thousand times more fun and relaxing.
But morning you will seriously thank nighttime you if you just put a little bit of effort into the hour before you go to bed.
First of all, it's a great idea to lay out your clothes on a chair or dresser for the next day. Trust me, your creative juices aren't exactly flowing while you're half asleep at 7 am, so you'll probably end up picking a way better outfit when you have some time and clarity to think about it.
Plus, we live in an age of weather apps. So please don't tell me you're "waiting to see what the weather will be like in the morning."
And on that note, you probably won't be all that inspired to put together an elaborate kale salad or even a sad turkey sandwich when you're rushing out the door in the morning. You're more likely to think longingly of nearby lunch spots and convince yourself a $12 salad doesn't cost that much.
Overall, I'm going to say the combination of making your lunch and laying out your clothes will take around 25 minutes tops.
You seem to find that time to scroll through your Instagram feed, so why not put it toward something a little more productive?
Set your coffee to auto-brew.
Even cheap, modern coffee machines usually give you the option to set a timer for when you want your coffee to start brewing.
Now, I know what you're thinking: Brewing coffee doesn't take that much time. But just think about how happy you will be knowing your coffee is sitting in a pot waiting for you when you wake up.
This makes sense because studies show even the smell of coffee makes us happier and improves our alertness.
Declutter your space.
Tempted to leave the dishes in the sink? Don't feel like taking out the garbage?
Trust me, you should suck it up and do it all at night.
There's nothing that will send you straight back under the covers faster than walking out into your living room or kitchen and seeing an enormous mess.
Even if it's not something you're conscious of, waking up to a clean, organized space will help you feel calmer and happier first thing in the morning, which sets the tone for the entire day.
So wash your dishes, throw away those beer bottles (no judgement) and prepare to face the day in a much more serene mood.
Now that you've got the tools, put them into action. And since nighttime is covered, watch the video up top to see how to master a morning routine that will set you up for the best day possible.
You've got this!