Lazy Girl’s Guide to Your Best Morning Routine
Picture this – it’s Monday morning, you wake up in a panic because you forgot to set your alarm. On top of that, you have a team meeting at 9am sharp. You rush to get dressed, skipping breakfast, just to make it on the crowded bus. After powerwalking your way to your office, you get there just on time, only to find out the meeting has been rescheduled. Not great, right?
That’s how a lot of my mornings went once I moved out of the city and back to the suburbs. I went from waking up at 8am and getting into work for 9am, to waking up at 6am to catch a 7am train. Most mornings brushing my hair and getting it into a ponytail was an accomplishment. After trying and failing numerous times to create the best morning routine, I’ve finally figured out how to master my mornings, without waking up earlier!
Perfecting your morning routine doesn’t require huge, life changing actions. By simply finding small ways to prepare for your morning beforehand, you can have better mornings sooner. Follow this great guide to create your own morning routine and have the best morning of your life!
1. Set The Mood With Music
I was never really one for music in the mornings cause I’m usually just so tired and annoyed at being awake. But, I have to admit, starting off your morning with upbeat positive music really gets you energized. I like to create a playlist of songs that are around 120 beats per minute to use as an alarm and play through my morning. Songs that are 120-130 bpm are proven to raise your heart rate, so you’ll be pumped!
Not sure how to how to create your morning playlist? Check out this list of morning Spotify playlists from Bustle.
2. Plan Your Outfits For The Week
This changed my life. It is easily one of the best time-saving solutions for my mornings. Instead of Every Sunday I get my calendar and weather app ready, then I pick out an outfit for each day of the week. If I know I have a meeting scheduled, I choose something more formal, while if it’s just a day at my desk I opt for something more casual. Then I put them on hangers together at the front of my closet for easy access.
If you’re still not bought on the idea of spending your valuable weekend time planning outfits, I also recommend mentally prepping them. While looking at your weather app or calendar you can mentally plan your outfits for the week. Simply think about what you usually like to wear in that weather or what you’d wear if there’s an important meeting that day.
Looking for some inspiration for outfits in the office? Check out this capsule wardrobe by The Everygirl.
3. Pack Your Bag The Night Before
Most days our bags have the usual items – laptop, notebook, toiletries etc. It’s easy to simply leave your bag near the door for a quick departure in the mornings. But what about those days when you need to bring in clothes for an after-work yoga session or it’s your turn to bring snacks for the budget meeting. It sucks to be half way to the office only to remember your bag is still at home. So instead, try to pack your bags and leave them by the door each night. It’ll give you one less thing to stress about in the morning.
If you have your own private office space at work you could also keep items you normally use there, like an extra pair of running shoes, toiletries, or a blazer. This way you can’t forget to pack anything!
4. Create a Lunch Plan
It’s so easy to say you’ll buy lunch when you’re running late, but this can be detrimental to our budgets and our waistlines. I’m notorious in my office for always going out for lunch, but I’ve gotten better at managing my meals. Instead of going cutting out takeout lunches completely, I’ve opted to treat myself once a week. One day each week (usually when I’m feeling the most lazy) I buy my lunch. This way I have something to look forward to and I still save money.
Now for the other four days I’m stuck packing a lunch, but I try to prepare as much as possible. I personally enjoy doing a weekend meal prep day and just get all of my lunches out of the way. I try to make healthy versions of the foods I normally buy – so for me recipes for any type of rice bowl have been super helpful. Sometimes I’ll sub rice for quinoa or cauliflower and I’ll even mix up the veggies I use so that I have some variety throughout the week. If you’re just getting into meal planning I recommend checking out Budget Bytes for cost saving meal prep ideas!
I also recommend getting some cute lunch containers and bags, because let’s be honest if it isn’t packaged nicely, we probably aren’t going to eat it! Check out this great selection of lunch accessories from Amazon.
5. Don’t Skip Breakfast
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, about two thirds of millennials never or seldom eat breakfast. It can be difficult to make time for breakfast in the hustle and bustle of the morning. Depending on your lifestyle, it may be easier to pre-pack your breakfasts and simply eat them at the office. I personally keep a stash of instant oatmeal at my desk for days I’m running late.
But my ultimate lazy breakfast hack for the best morning routine? It’s got to be the Vitamix. If you know me, you know this blender is my favorite part of the kitchen. It lets me make healthy and hearty breakfast smoothies in a flash that are oh so delicious! Because the Vitamix is so powerful, you can easily create single serve freezer smoothie blends for blending later and they’ll be silky smooth in an instant. I personally like a blend of raw oats, kale, mango, berries and protein power with a little soy milk, but the choices are endless. Check out these freezer smoothie recipes for inspiration.
For an even easier hack, I recommend getting the travel mug attachment for the Vitamix to blend and go with no extra cleaning!
Do you have any go-to hacks for a better morning? Let us know in the comments!