To all you morning people out there who can get everything done, not forget stuff, and face the day before it’s dawned with nary so much as a sip of caffeine…
I hate you this post is probably not for you. However, if you more closely resemble me, who faces the rising of the sun with something more like a whimper and a curse and a pulling of covers over your head, sit down and pay attention.
I hate morning. This is a well-documented fact. I don’t think Susan truly believed my lack of morning personness until she came to visit last summer and got to see the pitiful in action. I prefer not to speak beyond monosyllabic grunts, not to hear any noise of any kind, and to enjoy a LONG, leisurely cup of tea, more for the ritual of slow awakening than for the caffeine. Pulling this off requires a fair amount of planning on my part, so that I can fine tune my morning schedule to maximize the extra minutes of sleeping. Problem being, I’m so fine-tuned that if anything interrupts my schedule, I’m then late. And cranky.
My solution to this conundrum? Prep as much as humanly possible the night before. Hubby’s lunch gets packed. The meat for tomorrow’s dinner gets pulled out of the freezer and put into the fridge (this, of course, requires knowing what I’m making for dinner tomorrow). Clothes get laid out, both what I’m wearing to work and my workout clothes, so that I can stumble out of bed and straight to my workout (proof that I don’t actually require caffeine to get going) before I’m awake enough to talk myself out of it. There’s a sweep of the house to pick up, load dishwasher, etc. so that in the morning I don’t have to rush around like a headless chicken to try and get the house presentable for a showing. These same kinds of things will apply when I get around to having kids (aka, the anti-schedule). Lunches packed. Clothes picked out. Mess picked up. School bags packed. All the things that add to morning chaos, TAKE CARE OF THEM BEFORE BED.
This might all sound like small things, but when morning means that everything takes five times LONGER for me to accomplish because I’m really stuck in some kind of time warp wherein I’m truly moving at the speed of molasses, it’s better for me to take that extra fifteen minutes before bed when I’m still moving at normal speed to get things done. I try to remove anything that requires a decision from the equation because my brain does not truly constitute as being ON for several hours after I get out of bed. All this means that my morning is generally streamlined and peaceful and I generally get off to a much better start to my day.