THE Top 5 Things You Can Do The Night Before A Productive Morning

If you’ve clicked on this post, it’s probably because you want to either wake up earlier, be productive in the mornings, or both.

And if that is the case this post probably isn’t the first ‘how to have a good morning routine’ you’ve ever read.

Therefore you will be familiar with the phrase that a ‘good morning starts the night before.’ Although that phrase gets on your nerves for the amount of times it is repeated… it is so true.

In today’s blog post I will be outlining 5 things you can do the night before a productive morning.

Enjoy!

1) Set Out Clothes

This practise is drilled into me. I have been doing it for at least four years, and it helps reduce the friction between waking up at getting ready. Along with the clothes I have picked out for the following day, I also lay down my deodrant, underwear, and watch/accessories. If I plan to have a shower the following morning, I will put out my body cream too. The idea is, when you wake up, you can easily get changed or if you’re a morning shower person – take the pile of clothes into the bathroom. Honestly, once you start doing it your mornings will run much smoother.

2) Go To Bed Earlier

Easier said than done – so I think I’ll have to do a whole blog post about this one. Going to bed earlier energises you. Beds are for sleeping in! Don’t cut that precious sleep time just to wake up earlier. Even if you don’t want to wake up earlier, getting an extra hour or two sleep will allow for your morning to be productive. Running low on sleep does not hand itself well to productivity.

3) Write Your To-Do List

I know some people write their to-do lists in the morning, and this is great. However, writing them the night before is the real turning point. 

Before you go to bed you can order your priorities clearer than first thing in the morning. 

If I ever were to write my to-do list in the morning, I’d probably be rushing to write it so I can just get started and not waste any precious time.

Don’t rush it; do it the night before. Try forward-planning so you don’t overwhelm yourself with a huge list. To-do lists are made to work to your advantage. By taking some extra time, you can really maximise the benefits of a tick list.

(I will write a post about how to create the perfect to-do list)

4) Put Your Alarm On The Other Side Of The Room

I used to think this was bullshit advice. Because I’d wake up, walk over to turn off my alarm, the walk back into bed again. I still do that now! But I do recommend putting your alarm on the other side of the room. This works well for someone with a big room, because there’s more of a walk to turn it off. Whereas for my room there’s one step between the end of my bed and the other side of the room. 

I put my alarm somewhere that I have to get up to walk over to. Nowadays I’m only snoozing once before I get up. It’s not perfect, but we’re getting there.

5) Understand The Routine You Will Follow The Next Morning

No point saying you’ll have a productive morning without knowing what you’re going to do! Think about what you need to do before you start working: breakfast, skincare, get changed… This is different for everyone although don’t skip breakfast. PLEASE! 

Work out an order for those tasks and drill it into your head. Or, if it helps, write it down. Then, the following morning, you’ll know just what you need to do and when so it takes less brain power. The more you follow this ‘ideal routine’ the easier it will become – and you’ll just be on autopilot.

I hope this advice helps you to navigate your mornings better, and allows them to run more smoothly. Let me know which tips you’re going to implement right away! As I said, I will write a post about creating a perfect to-do list and how to go to bed earlier. I think those points deserve a little more explanation. 

What do you like to do before bed every night?

I enjoy washing my face and following my skincare routine. My brain subconsciously knows that when I take my makeup off, the day is over and it’s time to sleep (or read for an awfully long time). 

Have a lovely day,

Catherine x

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Top 6 Favourite YouTubers During Lockdown

During lockdown I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on YouTube, which I’m looking to amend this month. However, through those hours of watching videos I have compiled a list of my favourite YouTubers. Previously I have written a post about my favourite YouTubers, and I don’t want to repeat myself (check out that post for more). On top of this there are plenty more, so I’ll do a part three if you like!

Millie Button

Very happy to say that Millie is actually a fellow blogging friend of mine! On top of her blog and stunning Instagram, she runs a YouTube channel which is so beautiful. The videos are always quite relaxing, especially designing videos. Make sure to check out her blog while you’re here.

Holly Gabrielle

Holly’s name was popping up all around my YouTube recommended tab so I decided to check out her videos. I do not regret it! She is such a lovely human and I’m really enjoying the book updates that she has been giving as she discovers reading for pleasure again. 

Alfie Deyes Vlogs

Never thought I’d say this, but I am quite the fan of Alfie’s vlogs. He is an incredibly lucky man, and sometimes I’m questionable about his habits but honestly such a joy to watch. Though this is a difficult time, he has been sharing lots of smiles and laughs which I’m forever grateful for. 

Eve Bennett

Would this list really be complete without a study tuber? Eve is one of those honest people who doesn’t cover up her struggles. The content is very engaging and she openly speaks about mental health which is much appreciated. While also supplying raw videos, there are plenty of smiles and positivity there too!

Sadie Aldis

I used to watch Sadie religiously but then I started a new YouTube account and didn’t re-subscribe (I’m subscribed now) Her videos never fail to motivate me! I especially love the way she incorporates Law of Attraction into her channel. If you’re searching for some inspiration you’ll definitely be able to find it here.

Louise Pentland

An all-time favourite of mine! The long, chatty vlogs incorporate many thoughts and real-life stuff. The cuteness of her children makes me smile endlessly. Like with many of the YouTubers on this list, it supplies real content and doesn’t sugar-coat over anything. You must check out her channel if you’re looking for long vlogs to wind-down with.

That’s it for today! Please leave your YouTube recommendations in the comments of this post. I’ll definitely check them out in this long expanse of time that stretches before us. 

What have you been watching at the moment? YouTube, Netflix or a bit of BBC iPlayer?

Hope you all have great weeks,

erin x

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