The goodbyes to the warm, lazy summer and the hello to school days are hard to do every year.

For me, the hardest is getting the kids to bed earlier, setting a new routine, and trying to keep everything moving like gears in a clock. That means getting everyone out the door with less stress.

As a busy woman who may not be able to count on your DrSpouse to assist you, how can you make each morning as stress-free as possible?

The secret: do prep work ahead of time.

Being prepared beforehand lightens your mental load and helps you not forget anything. You’re no longer just in a reaction state. You’re not only prepared, but you have time to spare.

Here are some ways to plan ahead.

5 Morning Hacks To Get Out The Door Stress-Free

1. Make meal planning a family activity on the weekends.

Just like how doctors have to round patients with name, date of birth, and other medical details before they start, medical families should be doing the same at home.

As you start each week, discuss what’s going to happen. This also includes meals. This way, everybody knows what to expect for lunch and dinner.

  1. Study your calendar the night before.Studies show the most productive people memorize what they’re going to do and the addresses they need to be beforehand.
    Choose fast, easy & healthy breakfast meals.

Fast, easy AND healthy?! Does that exist? It does!

Here are some examples that are stocked in our house:

  • French toast bakes
  • Egg bake or egg muffins
  • Oatmeal
  • (Ever popular) cereal
  • Coffee (…and on auto brew đŸ˜‚)

Even if some of your favorite breakfast foods require time, such as pancakes which is my kids’ favorite, you can make them on the weekends and then pop them in the microwave as you go.

3. Have a consistent place to grab everything

Make a “station” in your home where everybody can pick up these things they need to start each day:

  • Shoes
  • Coat
  • Bookbags
  • Lunch
  • Wallet

4. Set up the night before.

This is an example of a daily night routine:

  • Lay out your clothes and shoes
  • Get lunches (mostly) packed
  • Pack bags for daycare/school
  • Sign papers
  • Refill diaper bag with supplies
  • Recharge your phones
  • Study calendar for tomorrow

Let’s Review

  1. Make planning a family activity on the weekends.
  1. Study your calendar the night before.
  1. Choose fast, easy, & healthy breakfast.
  1. Have a consistent place to grab everything.
  1. Set up the night before.

In Summary

Prep work is the secret sauce.

When you put in the time up front to prepare for the next day, you will simplify your life where you can actually enjoy life as it’s happening, not operate like your hair is on fire.

To strong medical families,

Theresa

Your Turn

What are some of the ways you simplify your morning?