10 Things To Make Your Mornings Go Smoother

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10 Things To Make Your Mornings Go Smoother

1. Plan ahead. Think about what you have to do the next day. Write out a “To Do” list to keep yourself on track.

2. Prepare your breakfast and lunch the night before. Knowing that you don’t have to spend time in the kitchen can be liberating and save much time.

3. Plan your clothes for the next day. Don’t forget to iron them and lay them out for easy access.

4. Discuss your schedule for the day with everyone involved. Talking about your schedule with the whole family will keep everyone informed and let you know if there is anything you forgot.

5. Wake up earlier than you need to. Although most people don’t like getting up early, having extra time to adjust when things go wrong will help things run smoothly no matter what.

6. Play upbeat music. Get happy and excited for the day with some upbeat music that you love. 

 7. Go to bed on time. Staying up too late will make it hard for you to get up in the morning and will leave you feeling sluggish.

8. Make the most of your commute. Listen to your favorite music, audiobook, or catch up on the news.

9. Don’t hit the snooze button. Make a habit of getting up with the first alarm. Using the snooze button consistently trains your body to not wake up. Get up with the first alarm and get your day going right.

10. Eat Breakfast. Start your day with something in your stomach. You know it is important so please just do it! 

What would you add to this list?

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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Breakfast is one of those things that are near impossible to make the night before, so I choose quick and filling ones like granola bars, cereal, etc.

  • I always pack lunches and put out everyone’s clothes the night before. It definitely saves time.

  • I always get my clothes out the night before and iron them. Now, when it comes to the snooze button, I’m terrible because I always keep pressing it because I need extra sleep. I stay up late each night doing work online so I’m always tired. I need to work on my schedule, thanks for the tips!

  • These are great ideas! My toddler likes to go over our plans for the next day before going to bed, helps me stay organized too!

  • These are ON CUE. I have a newborn, two, four, and seven year old, that I have to get ready in the morning. One thing I would add, don’t get distracted by your phone/computer. I’ve had to remind myself NOT to get on the computer until everyone is done in the morning, so not to get distracted and lose track of time.

  • I don’t do many of those things all the time, I do most of them most of the time, and some of them I never do.

    One thing I always do is choose to get up and enjoy my day. When adversity strikes, I work through it with confidence that it’s not going to ruin my day, and when I feel sorry for my self, I get over it very quickly so thT I can go back to enjoying my day.


  • These are all good tips for making the morning nice. I love mornings but I have a husband who doesn’t, and 2 out of 4 kids who aren’t overly fond of mornings either. These tips would help them for sure.

  • I try to pull the kids clothes out the night before to make things a little less crazy in the morning. I also pack all the kids drinks and snacks in their lunchboxes, so all I have to do is put their sandwiches in there in the AM.

  • I have my girls set out their clothes the night before. It really helps everybody get moving. We’ve tried to make lunches the night before, but they always complain everything tastes a little off.

  • I always set out our clothes the night before too. The biggest trouble I have is eating breakfast. I rarely eat breakfast and I really need to!

  • I agree. I find mornings go so much smoother when I take my son’s things out the night before.

  • This is a great list! I think planning ahead (breakfast, clothes, etc) just makes everything so much less stressful and go smoothly!

  • On mornings I have to be out the door with both kids early I plan ahead big time. Great tips!

  • Needed to read this list today! Some mornings are a whirlwind and I don’t even know how I manage to get out of the house on time!

  • This is a great list. I need to start doing a better job of prepping for mornings. I get off to such a slow start.

  • Such great ideas. I notice when I get the kids to bed on time they get up before the alarm. I need to focus on that one.

  • Yes yes yes! Definitely #8 and #10! I used to have a 3-hour roundtrip commute and I would use that time to listen to audiobooks. It totally beat having to listen to the same NPR stories or pop songs over and over on the radio. I also am a staunch believer that breakfast makes you feel better and you’re more aware when you’re up so early. Great list!

  • These are all great ideas! I love playing upbeat music in the morning while I’m cooking breakfast. As for lunches, we have them ready in the fridge {usually dinner leftovers} in containers and just put them in the kids’ lunchbags. Every night the kids lay out their uniforms with everything they’ll need including ponytail holders and bows.

  • I love listening to Audio books on commutes. Its never the same as sitting down with a good book but I take what I can get. Great morning tips 🙂

  • I try to get as much done the night before as possible. It is the only way to get everyone out the door in time.

  • Great tips! I hate to wake up! I got so bad in HS that I had my clothes ready in the order I was supposed to put them on. So I could just sit up in my bed, put my hand out and take the first item there and put it on. It did add at least half an hour more sleep to my morning.

  • Nothing good happens after 9 p.m. anyway except late night snacks and bad TV. I try to climb in bed early so that I can wake up too!

  • Great tips. I know when I plan ahead and stay organized, mornings are EASY. However, going to bed on time is one thing that I don’t do. I need to work on that!

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