Tab’s Tips: a smooth morning starts the night before

March 30, 2014

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Tabitha Dumas

It’s something I preach often…

a smooth morning starts the night before.

I’m not a morning person so I have to take as much of the guesswork out of my mornings as possible. Maybe you can incorporate something new to ease you into your day, too.

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Outfit, bag, breakfast, directions…ready for me in the morning!

Tab’s Tips: THINGS YOU CAN DO THE NIGHT BEFORE

For working women:

  • Pre-set your coffee maker. I like to wake up to the smell of coffee. Set out your mug, spoon and/or travel mug, too, while you’re at it.
  • Think about breakfast. Set out as much of it as you can–including any meals, snacks or drinks you’re taking with you for the day.
  • Pack your bag with your laptop, files, mail, etc. and leave it near the door along with anything else that needs to leave with you. Tab’s Tip: if you have ever forgotten your lunch in the fridge, leave your car keys in the fridge WITH it!
  • Charge your phone.
  • Check your calendar. Do you need to print out directions for a meeting? Do you need to write down the code for a conference call? I write it on a sticky note and put it in my day planner for reference.
  • Set out your outfit, down to the underwear and jewelry. There’s nothing worse than scrambling for an errant earring or sock at the last minute.
  • Think about dinner and make sure you have what you need–or make a grocery list (or plans for eating out!)

For busy moms: 

  • As CEO of your family, most of the above applies to you, too
  • Set out breakfast, lunch and snack items for the kids
  • Lay out your kids’ outfits (or have them do it themselves) WITH the shoes to avoid last-minute chaos.
  • Pack up backpacks and leave them by the door.
  • Look at your calendar and plan your day. Make a list of what needs to get done and map out where you need to be and when.

For ALL women…it’s also important to have a relaxing nightly routine and get a good night’s sleep.

P.S. The bag is the Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One Gifts in “citrus medallion” and you can check it out on my friend Ashleigh’s Thirty-One Gifts website.

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