Friday, 22 January 2016

How to take back your mornings!

easy productive morning routine

I don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to get everything and anything done of a morning before work. From making lunches to evening meal prep, cleaning, dish washing, and getting myself (and the Mr!) ready for the day ahead. I try and do too much and more often than not am running out the door, half a piece of toast hanging from my mouth and toothpaste down my front, so cliche of course. Are you sick and tired of frazzled mornings? Would you fancy an extra 10 minutes in bed or enough time to watch an entire episode of Vampire Diaries before you have to leave for work? 

Psssst I’m going to let you in on a couple of secrets that will help you take back your mornings and give you that extra time you need for that extra cup of tea or perfect cat eye flick. 

It’s all about the evening prep 

Make a list about 30 minutes before bedtime of all the things you need to do in the morning. From putting together packed lunches to sorting out the rubbish. Pop it all on the list. Then, go through and see if there’s anything on that list you can do now. I usually take about 10 - 15 minutes before going to bed to put the dishes away, do a very quick pick up around the living room and kitchen, and sometimes even getting out all my clothes for the following day. None of this takes long at all and those 15 minutes I spend doing it the night before gives me 15 extra minutes in the morning. 

Ideas for evening prep;

  • Put the non-perishables of the lunch boxes together (fruit, crisp, snacks etc)
  • Make your breakfast smoothie and pop it in the fridge - it will taste just as good if made the evening before!
  • Schedule - I’m terrible for trying to do my social media scheduling in the morning, doing it of an evening is so much easier, just don’t do it too close to bedtime!
  • Put together a to-do list for the morning

Plan in advance

I’m turning into such a planner. Either planning the night before, or, to make it easier on myself, several days before. Every task is so much easier to get through if you’ve planned it out in advance. I’m a huge fan of meal planning and am slowly starting to plan my breakfasts and lunches in advance too. It makes the weekly shop so much easier and it saves me standing in front of the cupboard for 10 minutes trying to decide what to eat. I’m not so strict as I stick rigidly to the choices I’ve made in advance, but, it does make it easier if I’m being indecisive! 

When I was having to get up before the birds for my commute I even used to plan all my clothes in advance a few days ahead. I would put entire outfits, socks and underwear included on hangers on a Sunday night, then just pick out a hanger the evening before. Let’s be honest, choose your clothes blearily eyed in the dark doesn’t always end well! 

I want my evenings to be as relaxing as my mornings, so even though the above might sound like a lot, I do it long enough before bed that I still have time to go through my nightly routine, get ready for bed and relax with a few pages of a book before lights out. The more I can get done of an evening, the less frazzled I get in the morning, which always puts me in a much better mood for the rest of the day. 

Five things to do with that extra time you have in the morning;

  • Cook yourself a really nice breakfast. Or a really nice lunch, because corned beef sandwiches are only exciting once a week. 
  • Spend some time on your passion project - something you only ever get to work on last minute on a Sunday night before the working week gets in the way.
  • Workout - even just a few simple yoga stretches or a 5-minute cardio blast, exercising in the morning gives me so much energy for the rest of the day. 
  • Read. Your current book, the latest news, blogs, whatever takes your fancy. I love reading over a brew in the morning.
  • Create a to-do list. Either jobs that need doing when you get to work or tasks that need ticking off that night once you get home. You might even be able to tick a few off with those extra minutes you’ve scored back before you leave for work!

What would you do with a few extra minutes every morning?

Until next time,


  1. I think doing things like having a clean room and the pots done really help me. If I know I need to do that when I get up, I just feel too DOOM so stay in bed and don't do anything haha. I need to get better at doing it the night before. Evening prep for the win.

    Corinne x

    1. I know the feeling, when I know it all still needs doing I'm not exactly bouncing out of bed. Thee's something really satisfying to coming down to a clean kitchen in the morning too!

      Sarah :)

  2. Really like these tips I am trying to become more organised with lists and I think this is a fab idea :) X

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Really hope it helps you make the most of your mornings!

      Sarah :)

  3. Your a lot more organised than me I need to take a leaf out of you book!! Brilliant tips
    Carrieanne X

    1. Don't get me wrong this isn't everyday, but I try to keep up with it all, just makes mornings etc so much easier!

      Sarah :)