Enjoying My Mornings and Being Productive

Felicia Atkinson

Save time and feel less rushed.

For years I would wake up early, rush downstairs, scarf down some breakfast, and head out the door to go to school. I was always running short on time, because I would wait until the morning of to get all of my things ready for the day.

I was incredibly busy when I was in school, because in addition to school itself and my extracurriculars, I was an athlete. I had sports practice every single day on top of piles of homework.

While I’m no longer an athlete, I have limited time in the mornings before work. And I’ve made some changes that have allowed me to make the most of my mornings. Here they are.

Pack everything the night before

This is something that I didn’t do in high school or college, but it’s something that I more recently prioritized. Every night after work, I pack up my lunch, snacks, and water bottle, and I’ll get my computer and any important documents packed away. I’ll lay out my work attire as well, so I’m not scrambling in the morning to find my clothes.

Packing my lunch the night before saves me an insane amount of time because it can be pretty time consuming making anything other than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I’m able to pack pasta, sweet potato, and more complex meals when I set aside time the night before to make my lunch.

Packing up my computer and other documents is essential because this way, I seldom forget anything. I wouldn’t want to forget to bring important papers to work, and when you’re in a rush and short on time, it can be easy to forget things.

And lastly, laying out my work clothes allows me to quickly get ready in the mornings without spending 20 minutes to find my outfit. It makes it less stressful in the mornings if your work attire is neatly organized.

Packing all of your items the night before work or school is a simple, yet effective strategy in saving time in the mornings. You don’t have to spend time making food, packing your bag, or finding an outfit to wear. It’s all organized and ready to go if you pack everything up the evening the night before the morning rolls around.

Wake up at 6 or 7am

I prefer working out in the mornings so that I don’t have to come home from a long day of work and workout. I’ll usually set my alarm for 6 or 6:30am, and head to the gym to get in a quick workout.

I don’t workout everyday, but if I don’t set an alarm, then I won’t have enough time to workout before work.

It can be mentally and physically draining to get up every morning at 6 or 7am to workout, so this might not be the best strategy for everyone. Some people prefer working out after work, which is completely fine as well.

It also allows me to enjoy a cup of coffee

Even if I choose not to workout in the morning before work, I like setting an alarm for 6 or 7am so that I have a bit of time before I have to leave. I like enjoying a cup of coffee in the mornings, and it’s something that I wouldn’t be able to do if I woke up 10 minutes before I had to leave for work.

Getting to sleep at a good hour

Something that I have always done is get sufficient sleep each night. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, and so I prioritized getting enough sleep so that I would be able to excel in both my athletics and my academics.

This pattern continued in college, and it’s something that I’ve stuck with ever since graduating. Going to bed earlier allows me to wake up before my alarm sometimes, or even if I wake up to my alarm, I always have more energy and am ready to tackle the day.

If you stay up late and wake up to an alarm, you may feel groggy and be slower in getting yourself out of bed. As soon as my alarm rings, I jump out of bed and get my day started.

The mornings always come quick, and even if you’re a morning person, there are simple ways that you can save time and enjoy yourself before heading off to work or school.

Packing your things the night before, waking up at an early hour, and going to bed at a good hour are simple ways to save time and enjoy your mornings more than you may have in the past. These are things that I started doing and they have allowed me to be more at ease and less stressed during a busy work week.

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I'm an avid runner and a passionate vegan. I enjoy writing about food, work, productivity, health, fitness, and more!

Raleigh, NC

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