How To Un-F*ck Your Morning2:41 PM
Sometime last year I came across a Tumblr blog that I found to be pretty cool, Unfuck Your Habitat. There are all sorts of before/after images of projects people have been working on, as well as tips to help you make your life better. I am already one who tends to prepare for things as soon as possible, to avoid all of the anxiety of rushing around at the last minute. Of course, I also tend to think that because I have certain things taken care of, it means that I suddenly have an hour's worth of extra time in the morning. HAHAHA. However, I have actually gotten to work on time every day this week (that NEVER happens, just ask my Dad). So I thought that I would share some of my tips for getting my shit together for an easy morning.
1) Shower at night- I started doing this when I would work out in the evenings, because who wants to go to bed all sweaty and gross? It also saves loads of time in the morning because 90% of my grooming is already done.
2) Put bags together- Yes, I take a zebra-print backpack with me to work because I am 12. Also because I have my book, headphones, water bottle, lunch, pencil case (because who wants to use the shitty work pens?), notebook, day planner, and usually a jacket to carry with me in the mornings. Also my purse, because I like to look like a pack-mule. I put them together, with everything in them, on a chair in the office the night before so that I can just grab them and go in the mornings.
Pick out your outfit- I downloaded a weather app on my phone, and I check it each night before picking out an outfit for the morning. It gives me time to dig through the closet/drawers/laundry baskets to find what I really want to wear. That and if I put it out, I will usually just wear it without changing my mind.
Same goes for accessories, I just pick out what I want to wear and put them in a little dish to grab after I am dressed. Cool beans.
Prep coffee/tea- Sometimes we go out for coffee before work, but most days we just drink whatever we happen to have on hand in the house. I grind our coffee beans ahead of time, and put the grounds in air-tight containers. Then at night, I fill the slow-drip with water, and put the grounds and filter in (sometimes with a cinnamon stick-they are reusable!), so all I have to do in the morning is hit the start button. If you have a fancy maker with a timer, even better. We don't have one with a timer, because I break things.
Pack lunches- I have been meal-prepping my lunches on the weekend, making salads, and dressing for the week. So I just grab a container of salad, dressing, and some snacks and pack them in my lunch bag the night before. Kyle tends to just eat dinner leftovers, so I make sure that we pack them in smaller containers instead of one big one, so that he can just grab it out of the fridge on the way out the door.
Some other tips from the website included charging all of your electronics the night before, putting some toilet cleaner in the bowl each night, washing the dishes in the sink, and getting to bed on time. I use my phone as an alarm clock, so that is usually charged, and I charge my iPod at work when I am not on break.You can customize these tips to fit your needs. Also check out the blog, because it is really cool and helps motivate my ass when I normally just feel like face-planting on the couch (this is not a sponsored post, I just think that blog is awesome possum).