Mornings can be rough, especially when you have to get to work. You might want to stay snuggled in a nice warm bed, or you’d rather take a more leisurely approach to getting ready for the day. If you plan ahead, you can have a head start on your day, and that might give you the time to relax into your morning instead of feeling rushed or stressed.

Follow the Same Routine Every Day

One of the things can lead to stress is forgetting something. Whether it’s forgetting to brush your teeth, or forgetting to grab that paper you need for your morning meeting, it’s frustrating and makes you late when you have to backtrack. Following the same routine every day can help eliminate that forgetfulness. An example of a routine might include:

  • Get out of bed
  • Shower (and shave, if necessary)
  • Get dressed
  • Eat breakfast and drink coffee
  • Brush teeth
  • Comb hair
  • Put shoes on
  • Grab keys, bag, and other necessities

Do it all in the same order, every day, and it becomes harder to forget things.

Prep Things the Night Before

Get your clothes for the following day ready in the evening. Prep your coffeepot with water and a filter with grounds or a pod. Decide what you’ll have for breakfast and prep the ingredients – put cereal on the counter with a bowl and spoon, or mix up some overnight oats, or scramble your eggs for an omelet. Make sure your keys and anything else you need to take with you is prepared and ready by the door or wherever your designated area is.

The more you can prep the evening before, the easier and faster your morning routine will be.

Stock up on Your Morning Needs

The only thing that could be worse than forgetting to do or grab something in the morning is discovering your out of something. Whether it’s finding no toothpaste when you want to brush your teeth, or no coffee when you’re ready for that hit of caffeine, being out of something will throw off your day. Stock up on the essentials for a smooth morning. Have extra toothpaste, hair products, and shower gel in the bathroom. Use a service like 11th Street Coffee to purchase larger quantities of K-Cup pods, regular coffee, or creamer.

A smooth and easy morning is a start to a smooth and easy day. By giving yourself a head start each morning, you help ensure that the rest of your day is just as nice. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll be glad you did it.