Do you feel like your mornings are rushed, you get off to a frantic and uncoordinated start, and you’re feeling sluggish by midday? It’s because you’re making too many unimportant decisions in the morning. You see, decision-making is actually an exhaustible resource. Making too many choices results in fatigue and poor decision-making. And when you make a lot of them in the morning, you’re wasting energy. The key is to make as many decisions as possible the night before.
Every morning we make a lot of small decisions when we really don’t have to. It takes up our mental energy and wastes a lot of time. We get later starts on our day, and start feeling tired halfway through the day, and are exhausted by evening.
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By making some of your morning decisions the night before, you can power through your morning routine on autopilot, and save your mental energy for when you need it most during your workday. Here’s where you can start planning:
1. What to Eat
Making this small decision every morning can impact your time and mental energy. Or if you’re rushed that morning, you may be tempted to skip it altogether, which isn’t good. Decide the night before what you’re going to have for breakfast. If possible, prepare it. At the very least, have it out, such as putting the box of cereal on the counter, or having your yoghurt at the front of your fridge.
2. What to Wear
What you wear that day isn’t really all that important, unless you have an important meeting or presentation. Because honestly, you’ve worn that outfit before, and people have seen it. It’s no surprise. They’ll forget what you wore in a few days, if not the next, and so will you. So don’t waste time deciding. Pick something out the night before, lay it out, and stick with it the following morning.
3. What to Listen To
Some of you listen to music in the morning, or the news, or a podcast. I recommend all of them if possible. I usually do music right when I get up and am getting ready, I listen to the news while I eat breakfast, and I listen to a podcast while I exercise or drive. Whatever you listen to, set it the night before. Have your playlist ready so you’re not searching through albums to find a song you like. Know which news station you’ll listen to, and when the news is on so you can time it. Have your podcast(s) pre-downloaded and ready to go.
4. What to Read
I like to either read a chapter from a book or a few blog articles before I start my day. If it’s a book, that’s easy, you just continue where you left off. With blogs, try to avoid just browsing through websites or your news feed looking for something interesting – you’ll end up wasting a lot of time. Use a new reader such as Feedly to pull all your favorite blog and news feeds. Organize them into categories, and commit yourself to reading a set amount (ex. 2 news articles and 2 marketing posts).
5. What to Work On
When we start our work day, it’s often with minor, unimportant tasks that feel like work, but really aren’t. This includes checking email, checking social media, looking analytics, or checking phone messages. When making minor decisions that slowly exhaust us, and set a bad precedent for the day of attending to distractions. Stat your work day with a solid task that will take 30 minutes to an hour to complete. When your able to accomplish that, it’ll be your first big “win” for the day and set a tone for getting things done. Decide the night before what your first task will be so you can hit the ground running.
Are there any other decisions that you could make the night before? Let us know in the comments!
Want to know what things are essential to do as part of your morning routine? Check out this post: Things You Should Do Every Morning to Start Your Day