Who doesn’t want to wake up feeling refreshed, getting dressed, eating a good breakfast, and be ready to tackle the rest of the day with a smile on their face?

However, despite countless movies and tv shows telling us differently, it can be difficult for some of us to have such a productive morning. There are so many underlying factors that could prevent us from having that picturesque morning we all strive for. Fortunately, though, it’s not impossible.

Pick your outfit the night before

One of the most time-consuming things you do in the morning is trying to decide what to wear for the day. Sometimes you find yourself staring into your closet, getting stressed because time is ticking and you still can’t decide. Instead, take some time the day before, maybe after your shower, to pick something to wear. This will save you time, energy, and stress in the morning for more important things.

Meal prep

Cooking is one of those tasks that either relaxes you or you dread doing. This can cause you to put it off until the last minute when you decide to stop at a drive-thru and have an unhealthy breakfast and lunch for the day. Take one day a week to prep your lunches (and even breakfasts!) for the entire workweek. This will help you keep that thought out of your head on what to eat, and even save you some money from your daily drive-thru visits.

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Exercise

Most people wait until after work to get some exercise in. This can be hit or miss for some people. If you’re too tired from work, you won’t want to work out. Sometimes you’ll be too hungry for dinner to go to the gym, so you skip it for the day. Instead, try moving your exercise to the morning. This will help wake you up, boost your serotonin levels, and help increase your productivity for the rest of the day.

Create a to-do list for the day the night before

Creating a to-do keeps you feeling structured and ready to work. However, sometimes when you’re trying to come up with a list for that day, you can find the thought very overwhelming. Instead, create a simple to-do list of no more than 6 tasks you want to accomplish the day before they’re due. Make one of the tasks incredibly easy, such as taking out the trash or deleting emails. When you make one task easy to do, it helps boost your motivation to continue crossing things off your list. Be realistic, and don’t overwhelm yourself.

Creating a productive morning routine can seem a bit stressful at first, but remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time to make something a habit, and adopting these tips into your daily life can help you achieve your goal of having the most productive mornings you’ve ever had.