Remember when you were little, and it was the last day of summer vacation? That means that tomorrow would be your first day back at school ...
Before bed, you chose your favorite outfit and laid it out so you would be ready. You (or your parents) might have planned your breakfast and morning routine so you could get out the door on time, ready to take on the all-important start of a brand-new school year.
Somewhere along the line, most of us outgrew that nighttime prep routine – usually in our rebellious teenage years.
We stopped giving much thought to setting ourselves up for success in the morning.
This is pretty ironic, since for a lot of us, the morning can be one of the most stressful, chaotic parts of our days!
I’ve come to realize that how you start your day will set the tone for your entire day.
And you can get back to that routine to ease your stress! Take a cue from 8-year-old “you” and think about the things you can do tonight to get tomorrow off to a great start.
Then spend a few minutes after dinner getting them done!
Maybe it’s making sure your clothes are ready for tomorrow … that your meals are planned and/or prepped … and your workout clothes are packed and ready to go.
For myself, since I workout first thing in the morning, part of my nightly routine is to put my workout clothing and shoes on my dresser. This way it's grab and go ready in the morning when I'm too tired to search for everything.
Maybe you even go the extra mile and put together a quick to-do list so you don’t lose sleep worrying you’ll forget something.
It worked then and it will still work now.
As I mention all the time (like a broke record), it’s the small habits we build into our daily lives that will help turn our goals into a reality.
Try this for one week and see what a difference it can make for you.