Oh, the hurry of early morning!
With breakfast and lunches to make, dinner to prep, and kids to drive to the bus, by the time I could take care of myself it was 8:30 am! Rushing to get dressed – forget the hair, makeup, and anything but jeans and a decent sweater – I'd head out the door already late for, well, everything. Sometimes (gasp) the kids got driven to the bus by Mom in her bathrobe!
Something had to change. That's just embarrassing.
Now I get up at 5:30 am, read, check my calendar, laugh and cry at your posts on Facebook, find motivation on Instagram, and then start breakfast. Everything runs like a well-oiled machine. It's not because I get up so early. It's because I learned that preparing the night before gives me time to enjoy my morning, as well as be ready for everything the new day brings. And I'm lazy at the core of my being. Anything that makes life easier, I'm up for it. But, my day is full, from private clients, to speaking engagements, to writing, cooking, videos, to keeping up with my parents and my older son, and seeing my younger son play his sax in jazz band for one last year (he heads off to college in the fall – sniff), it all happens more thoughtfully and without the last-minute rush because last night I thought to prep.
Your life is at least as busy as mine. Research has shown that in mid-life, (35 to 55) women are the busiest people on the planet. The good news is that our brains are more capable than at any other time in our lives.1 That report on your desk - it would have caused all-nighters and sweaty palms in your 20's. You can write that with your opposite hand today in an hour.
Okay, Superwoman, let's face facts. Just because you're über-capable doesn't mean that you can keep up this pace without it costing your health. You know what makes the difference between a good day and an extremely successful day? Habits. Any habit takes time to make – good and bad. It's worth a few days to create a good nighttime preparation habit. After all, it's not how much you can stuff into your day, but how well you've packed.
What's on your agenda tomorrow that you can prepare for today?
Food, Clothing, Paperwork, and Events are the 4 critical areas to prepare the night before.