Plan tomorrow this evening.
Don’t procrastinate! Don’t wait until you are falling asleep tonight to plan tomorrow morning.
Thinking ahead and doing everything you can in the evening can really make your mornings so much less stressful.
“I already do that” I hear you cry…. well spend a few minutes thinking about what you do in the mornings. Then add to that with what perhaps you would like to do but never seem have time to actually getting round to doing.
You may be surprised at the little things which you could do and which will make such a difference.
Do a list the night before and consider
- What will be happening tomorrow
- What errands and after school activities are likely to impact your busy schedule
- Is there anything else you need to remember or ought to do tomorrow?
Check the practicalities
- Have you have cash for a car park/train/ bus
- Is there petrol in the car
- Do you know where the house keys / car keys are (my own nemesis)
Children – the night before
- Get the kids to pack their school bags
- Help them lay out their clothes and shoes for the next morning.
- Make it a game and part of the kid’s bed time routine.
- Repack baby bag.
You – the night before
- Wash, dry and style your own hair the night before.
- Lay out your own clothes
- Lay out breakfast things.
- Make packed lunch
- Ensure everyone has lunch money.
- Work out what you will be eating for supper tomorrow?
- Actions you need to take for supper tomorrow e.g taking food out of freezer
- Carry out any other simple prep for tomorrows supper
If you are still struggling with mornings
- What can you do differently
- Where are the flash points
- Get buy-in from the family
A good way to do this is to get the family involved by organising a family meeting to discuss what is working / what is not – and what everyone can do about it to help.
Try these time management strategies
- Adopt a tight and consistent schedule.
- Be consistent with routines and they will become second nature
- Put everything you need to do in your diary (not just events).
- Have a clock in every room.
- Set the clocks a few minutes fast.
- Mark appointments in your diary a few minutes early.
- Set your kitchen timer for 15 minute intervals to keep you on schedule.