Since early retirement, I’ve perfected my morning routine to nearly 100% success.

Such a pity I didn’t have those tips when I actually needed them– meaning while I was working+ juggling 3 kids +house maintenance.

Sure- I always used the “to-do list” method- which is great, but with all due respect (and I do have a lot of respect for my to-do list!), there’s always room for improvement, especially when you can save time+unnecessary quarrels+money implementing these tips.

By the way- for me- the most important factor was minimizing quarrels with the kids. oh, the despair. my whole day at work would be tainted by the raised voices and arguments that led nowhere -knowing that this is how I sent my kids to another day at school.

I know there is that misconception that kids are trouble-free and have fun all the time, but I can tell you that as an introvert- I did not like school, camps, or other mandatory after-school activities other than going by myself to the public library.

Maybe your kids feel the same, which makes mornings tough on them too- and maybe you are stressed from work like I was for the last 2 years before retiring, which makes mornings hard on you too. now combine the anxiety waves coming from both you and your kids- that’s some anxious morning going on, and while some may say “breathe, relax, blah blah mumbo jumbo” that there’s no way you can implement in the middle of an argument with your kids about their school outfit or breakfast, I say- fu&* breathing- be prepared and 81% of the hassle will be gone.

The other 19%?

Well- we can prepare ourselves for those too mind you

I know people think you can’t prepare for everything because life has a tendency to shi& on you just when you least expect it-

I say- that’s absolutely true- but!!!- you can prepare for that too: meaning: I acknowledge in advance that the highest level of preparedness will get me to 81% of no stress. the rest is up to this randomness we call life.

So?

tip #1: prepare breakfast the afternoon before:

People- if there is one tip only you’re going to take from this post I do hope it’s going to be this one- hence its first-place rank.

Why?

Well because breakfast can start your day on a great note- if it’s healthy, and looks good, and makes you feel amazing during and afterward, or- it can give you the sugar rush for 23 minutes- then leave you feeling depleted and upset with yourself for not fueling your body as you should Have.

Also- a good breakfast can help you build muscle and aid your workouts, and since I am no dietitian- I have no place writing horror stories about what happens to your body if you continue to fuel it unhealthy stuff.

Examples? why not: oat porridge is in my opinion just about the best thing to have on a cold winter morning, oats love being prepared ahead- some people even post “overnight oats ” eaten uncooked (!!) which I cannot fathom no matter how much I try. and I don’t.

I put all the ingredients of the oat porridge in a bowl in the fridge, and in the morning just cook it for 2 minutes- and voila! saves me around 7 minutes of gathering and pouring and stuff.

Mind you- my oat porridge lately is a construction of 0.5 cup oats, 1.5 tbsp ground flax seeds. 1.4 cups warm water, 0.6cup soy milk (I am joking about the exact measurements, just use the old trial and error method to achieve your desired consistency). 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp agave or date syrup, salt to taste (imperative! makes a huge difference!), and ground nutmeg or cinnamon. you can see that this is quite the assembly of foods and preparing ahead can save a lot of time.

#2. prepare your kids’ breakfast ahead:

don’t start asking “what do you want for breakfast” every morning unless you are a chef who works from home, and come to think of it- not then either.

Just sit down with your offspring when everybody is relaxed- weekend? -and decide ahead what breakfast should look like- write it down and get on with your lives.

Deciding ahead can also give proper time for fruitless discussions about healthy food. in my experience- want your kids to eat healthily- prepare healthy food. don’t keep sweets and fast food around the house and then be disappointed your kids gobble it down instead of the carefully cut veggie plate you prepared. I love veggies -but cannot ignore rubbish food- therefore do not buy it in advance.

Example? why not take the shortcut and make them a bowl of the same oat porridge?

#3. Pack lunch the day before.

Put the beans- chickpeas – whatever protein in a designated box, the veggies to be cut for the salad washed and tucked away in a designated box, and make sure you have all the necessary utensils to prepare your lunch at work- meaning a microwave to heat the protein, cutting board and knife to make salads, and a bowl +spoon or fork to scoop up the food you made. also important to remember- a lemon and some salt, no proper salad without those 2. put all the above in a bag- to just take out the fridge and out the door. guaranteed 13 minutes saved in the morning!

#4. Prepare your kids’ lunch boxes ahead!

Major time saver! if your kids happen to like a freezer-friendly spread- then make those sandwiches even a week ahead and freeze them. if not- make the afternoon before and don’t start the guessing game first thing in the morning:” what would you like for lunch, dear?” because “dear” is so grumpy right now- no need to call him “dear”.

Examples for freezer-friendly sandwiches? my youngest likes whole wheat with butter and honey spread. if anything- being pulled out of the freezer at 7 Am makes it better kept until eaten at 10-11 Am.

You can give yourself a head start if you gather the lunch box ingredients the weekend before- freeze the sandwiches bread in their wrap- if the spread doesn’t freeze well- at least you’ll have the basic sandwich ready in its wrap and spend 1 nanosecond spreading. put the designated fruits and energy bars (if you use any- that’s what I pack for the youngest) and homemade cookies -also prepacked and in the freezer. (Not the fruit though).now all you have to do is take 1 minute in the previous afternoon to assembly everything in the lunchbox. I don’t put veggies in the lunch box because my son eats salad every evening, and I find that pre-cut cucumbers and peppers tend to welt and look+taste- unappealing 4 hours out of the fridge. bt a whole apple or pear can keep beautifully for hours, and taste great, so those are my go-to’s.

#5: make sure you have everything you need for dinner -the afternoon before!

I know- you haven’t even had dinner and you’re preparing tomorrow’s dinner?? well, yes. because no chance you’ll do it after dinner, and no way you’ll do it in the next morning, and if you keep waiting for your nonexistent cook to prepare your family’s dinner, you’ll keep eating out or ordering in-which won’t help your budget or your health.

Just make sure that if you want to make pasta- then you have the sauce for it .if you want to make stew- that the veggies are washed and the stems cut, that if you want to make roast chickpeas- or meat if you are an omnivore- that the meat is thawing in the fridge and the chickpeas are soaked overnight.

#6: Choose your clothes for next morning:

Don’t start putting on a pair of slacks only to find out they do not flatter you or worse- they have a stain or a missing button. your blouse needs ironing? better do it the afternoon before and not in the midst of morning rush hour.

#7: The same goes for your kids.

Oh I wish I had a cent (yes. 1 cent) for each time I faced the “class photo today!””spring run today!””mom makes big cake for the class day!” situation.

Ask yourself- can you really deal with all this in the MORNING???

Yep- thought so.

Now that you accomplished all 7 tips- you have a lot of free time in the morning: go for a jog!

#8: planning on a morning jog or swim? make your playlist ahead!

Why? because this way you get to actually choose what you like instead of letting some algorithm decide for you (I don’t always see eye to eye with the ALGORITHM), but more importantly- once you choose a favorite book -songs-podcast to listen to-you actually get motivated to get out of bed and go jogging or swimming.

I am not kidding.

Try it.

Happy new year-

Enjoy- the cooliflower.

I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog,  therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything  I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.

Published by wiseassvegan

an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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