I am not a morning person. I’ve always had a hard time waking up in the morning and don’t really like talking to anyone for the first 1-2 hours that I’m awake, especially if it’s early. So naturally I am all for cultivating habits that make my mornings go more smoothly. There was a time in my career that I had to be at my job by 7 in the morning (!!) and I went a little overboard in prepping for mornings the night before: not only would I lay out my outfit (what I’m going to be talking about today), but I would fix my breakfast, put my bag out, and even prep my coffee so that all I had to do was push a button or add hot water. All that prep meant taking a little extra time in the evenings and while it might have been a little excessive, it did result in me getting out the door in under a half hour each morning. So there’s that.
My number one secret to easier mornings and looking put together without much effort is to lay out your outfit the night before. I started doing this in high school and have been doing it every single weekday ever since then. Not only does it make my morning easier (and means I get to sleep a little longer!), it helps me to enjoy the process. I wouldn’t really enjoy choosing my outfit or appreciate the clothing that I own if I’m rushing around early in the morning in a slightly confused state, trying to sort through my closet or dresser and find something that matches. Instead, at night, I can take my time and check the weather forecast for the next day, browse through my clothing, and lay out what I want to wear. I’m sure a lot of people already do this because it really makes so much sense – but if you don’t already do it, you should try it! You just might find you really enjoy selecting an outfit and putting more thought into your personal style.