Prepare your morning the night before.

Set yourself up for success – before you need it.

“It’s been said that the first hour is the rudder of the day. I’ve found this to be very true in my own life. If I’m lazy or haphazard in my actions during the first hour after I wake up, I tend to have a fairly lazy and unfocused day.” – Steve Pavlina

The very last thing I do before I go to bed at night is set up the coffee for the morning.

It’s a minor three minute chore, with a bunch of different key steps. It’s not hard to do in the evening – but in the morning, it’s risky.

Making coffee is something I have done countless times before. But I am trapped by the paradox: I’m no good at making coffee before I’ve had any coffee.

I am so groggy for the first thirty minutes after I wake up, that I’m only really capable of doing two things well: getting into the shower, and hitting the go button on my coffee maker. Attempting anything else invites potential disaster.

The chance that I will be unsuccessful at some point during the coffee assembly process is really high if I try to do it before I’ve had any caffeine. And if I start my day in a grumpy mood – it’s all uphill from there.

Not only am I hilariously incapable of either mechanical thinking or polite conversation during this first thirty minutes of my day, but it is also when I am at the highest risk of getting derailed and irritated over something really minor.

Once I started spending a little time in the evenings setting my morning up for success – laying out my clothes, getting my bag together with everything I would need for the day, prepping food and drink – I started waking up every day to a fresh and cozy world, as if my personal servant had set up just for me.

How can you make each day start smoothly and easily?
What makes you feel rested, invigorated, and happy?
Do you need to exercise?
Do you need to read? Or write?
What makes your mornings go well?

Make a list of everything you can do in the morning that would make your days go better. And then, find ways to incorporate those activities into your daily morning routine.

I know, I know: sometimes there is not enough time to do everything you want to do. There is a simple solution to that: wake up earlier.

Next week, I’ll give you some habits that will help you become an early riser, so you can do more of the things that make your days better.

Reading List:
11 Strategies for a Morning Routine When You Can Not Wake Up Before the Kids
The Morning Routines of Successful People
ookend Your Day: the Power of Morning and Evening Routines