Welcome to Mission #21 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.
Last week we created your personal Organized Life Bedtime Routine. This week we’ll create one for the morning.
Having an Organized Life Morning Routine will help you face each day – and the world – with a sense of confidence, order, and motivation.
Remember: you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.
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Get Organized Mission #21: Create Your Organized Life Morning Routine
Step 1: Make a list of what you need to do each morning
I suggest you write, or type and print out, your list (or use the suggestions below and print out this post). Tape it to the bathroom mirror or somewhere you’ll see it each morning, to remind you of things to check off so you enjoy a calm, organized and productive day.
Include in your Organized Life Morning Routine the things that help you start the day looking and feeling good. I’ve categorized by zone, but create your routine in the order you perform the tasks. Here are some ideas:
- Have breakfast
- Make lunches, snacks, etc
- Put lunch/snack in bag/briefcase/backpack
- Load dishwasher/wash breakfast dishes
- Wipe down table, surfaces used, and the sink
[Tip: A tidy kitchen will brighten your mood when you get home]
Do Your Ablutions & Grooming
[Tip: Use products that smell nice and feel pampery to give yourself a mini spa treat every day]
- Clean your nails with a nail brush
- Brush your teeth [Tip: Brush your tongue too]
- Shave (dudes)
- Style your hair
[Tip: Ask your hairdresser for a cut that looks good with minimal styling time and effort]
- Apply make up (girls)
[Tip: Keep it simple – you’ll save time every morning and avoid ‘touch ups’ all afternoon]
- Hang up towels
- Put make up, hair products, etc away
- Choose an outfit that looks and feels good
[Tip: Only keep items in your closet that look and feel good]
- Check your labels are tucked in, zips done all the way up, etc
- Put away any clothes left out
- Stand up nice and straight and smile when you check your reflection in the mirror
- Make the bed
[Tip: A nicely made bed will lift your mood as you start and as you end your day]
- Check your diary
[Tip: Knowing what’s ahead can help you feel like you’re starting the day prepared]
Check Your Remember-To-Take Checklist
- Cell phone
- Handbag, briefcase, tote, backpack
- Coat, jacket, cardigan
- Special items for meetings, etc
- Money/tokens for tickets, tolls, etc
Step 2: Time yourself tomorrow
Tomorrow, complete your Organized Life Morning Routine and notice how long it takes. That’s how long you need to allow yourself each morning.
Step 3: Use the Organized Life Morning Routine each day
Every day, follow your Organized Life Morning Routine. Make it a habit.
You’ll start the morning well because of your Organized Life Bedtime Routine. Use this routine to move the whole day that way!
Dos & Don’ts
- Don’t turn this into an daily ordeal. Be quick and spritely. Have upbeat music on if it helps.
- Do remind yourself that the time you spend each morning on this ritual will more than pay for itself in a greater sense of confidence, order, and motivation throughout the day.
Extended Organizing Mission Options
Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?
- Create an Organized Life Morning Routine for each child. It will both save time and teach the kids valuable personal organization skills.
- Depending on their age, many or all of the listed items above could apply. If age-appropriate, give them a printed copy to follow in the mornings.
Ready, Set, Go!
Remember – move quickly, act fast, don’t overthink.
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