Purple flowerMornings have the potential to get the day started off in a wonderful way–or in a chaotic way. The former is preferable, I think you will agree.

To get your mornings off to a non-chaotic (and maybe even peacefully productive start), consider one or more of the following ideas:

  1. Decide the night before what you are going to wear, including jewelry and/or other accessories. Not only does it take less time in the evenings to do this, the light is usually better and it’s one less task and decision you have to make in the morning.
  1. Don’t just decide what you’re going to wear, however. Actually lay everything out(now there’s a concept).
  1. Clean up your kitchen the night before (who wants to face that first thing in the morning). Cleaning up the kitchen is a fine job for someone else in your house, by the way. It doesn’t have to be you. But it does have to be cleaned up so you don’t see a mess first thing.
  1. Set two alarms if you have trouble waking up. The panicked feeling of oversleeping just starts off the day in a chaotic fashion, and remember, we’re trying to avoid this.
  1. Put one of your alarms in the kitchen (near the orange juice; that’s what I do).
  1. Get an automatic coffee maker or hot water heater so that your beverage of choice is all ready for you.
  1. Give yourself pockets (and we will be talking more about the idea of pockets in several upcoming KC@B emails).
  1. Do first things first and “extras” at the end. Beware of starting on projects in the morning and then not getting any breakfast. Better to get bathed, get something to eat, get dressed, etc. Then if there’s time left over, start or work on a project.
  1. Have routines that work for you. It doesn’t matter if it works for anyone else if it works for you.
  1. If you have other people who live in your house, set up the “rules” for the bathroom. Everyone deserves some time in the bathroom.

Some of you are morning people and some of you are evening people. Regardless, getting up and getting ready for our work day can be chaotic if we don’t take measures to keep chaos at bay.

Take a look at this list and see what needs to be in place for you.

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