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The How-To Lounge: A Great Morning

A good morning really does pave the way for an even better day, but somewhere between the sound of the alarm clock blaring and arriving at your daily destination, more than a few things can go wrong. Before you know it you’re lying in bed again, dreading the next day! So to avoid this cycle, I have some pointers for how to set yourself up for a great morning. To see them just


  • Most of us naturally establish a morning routine out of necessity, but streamlining that routine can go a long way in creating a more efficient and ultimately, more successful morning. If you pack a lunch for work, save time by doing it the night before. Or pick out your outfit the night before. A few small changes can make a big difference in turning a typically hectic morning into an easy one.
  • Much of the franticness of a stressful morning comes from not having enough time. While planning ahead helps, so does giving yourself 10 extra minutes. Set your alarm clock early for one week, and see if you don’t find yourself significantly more relaxed. Plus, 10 minutes less sleep really is doable.
  • For many people, exhaustion plays a detrimental role in a morning routine. When you’re sleepy, everything just seems more difficult. If you find yourself struggling to get up everyday, it may be time to start going to bed earlier. If you struggle falling asleep, try increasing your daily exercise routine.
  • Though caffeine can be helpful when you’re in desperate need of a quick boost, you’ll get far more energy out of a meal. Even if it’s as small as a slice of toast with peanut butter, it’ll go a long way in getting your mind ready for the day.
  • It’s true that there are only so many things we have control over in creating a positive morning. We can’t fix a terrible commute and there’s not much you can do about the work that lies ahead of you. But setting aside a few minutes just before bed to organize yourself and clear your head can make a huge difference.

Nothing ruins the potential for a good day like a rough morning. Taking the time to create a successful morning will go a long way in establishing a happy and productive work week.


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Phunkometry Phunkometry 8 years
Uh I guess the strikethrough HTML doesn't work on this site... "this semester is over" was supposed to be crossed out lol
Phunkometry Phunkometry 8 years
I'm such an insomniac, it's awful. It's 3:00 for goodness sake. I have to get my train to school at 11 am, but before that, I have to shower and finish off a paper that was due before the weekend :/ so I want to say that I need to wake up no later than 8:30. So, if I fall asleep RIGHT NOW (which I won't), that would give me 5 1/2 hours of sleep, when I can barely function on 9. Aagh I can't wait until this semester is over I graduate.
hautepink hautepink 8 years
Honestly. I can't wait up anymore. I need to because I want to start my day off with exercise but I always end up waking up in just enough time to do basics. I want to wake up!!! And the best part is....I don't start work till 10am.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
I have the best mornings when I have all my shiz planned out the night before, i.e. coffee is set on a timer, my clothes are picked out, my lunch and my briefcase are packed for work, and my keys are where they should be, in the bowl by the door. Oh, and cant forget, the dogs actually cooperate with me and dont put up a fight about getting up and getting walked! LOL :)
talanted08 talanted08 8 years
Mornings use to be my favorites but every since I've started a new job coming in at 7:30am leaving at 4:30pm has made my day's a little hard! I didn't have to be at my old job until 9am b/c I was on call! Now it's like a BIG transition! I have 2 kid's so one has to be ready by 6:30am and the other one can leave out with me! In all, I'm glad to have a job to attend to!!
yadiet yadiet 8 years
today i had a horrible morning. My dog had a nightmare so at 3 in the morning we were awaken by howling. He sounded like if he was in pain. and then at 4 am my alarm system went off.. I was too jittery to actually fall back asleep. When the alarm sounded at 640 it was terrible..
telewyo telewyo 8 years
I am soooo not a morning person and I never have been no matter what time I go to bed or get up. I'm not mean but I just don't want to talk or interact with people first thing. I'm especially bad at getting up in the dark (which is most of the year) I've been thinking about getting one of those alarm clocks that acts like a sunrise and gets progressively lighter over 15 minutes to wake you up gradually. Has anyone tried one? Are they worth the money?
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I actually continue to surprise myself every morning because I wake up at 7:00 (more like 7:10 when I actually get out of bed) and get ready in 30 minutes, leaving the house at 7:40. I still don't know how I do it, since I usually take a long time to get ready, but I'm never crabby in the morning - maybe that's because I lkove my job and I always look forward to going to work...
cokerad cokerad 8 years
Packing my lunch the night before makes everything infinitely better. Occurences of forgotten forks, condiments, or even the actual lunch are way less since I've started doing it! It's easy to do when I am cooking actual dinner.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
oops..! Meant to say 'I wake up three DAYS a week for a 6am workout'.. saying I wake up three nights a week at 6am just doesn't make any sense at all lol! sorry!
Jeny Jeny 8 years
Man! I always have a great morning! I've decorated my bedroom with lots of yellows and whites with a few fake sunflowers in vases, and I actually spent the extra money for 500 thread count cotton sheet set and a thick down alternative comforter and a few vanilla candles around the room so you can smell them a bit but they aren't overbearing.. I'm in bed by about 10:30pm every night and wake up three nights a week for a 6am strength circuit training work out... These are only a few of the things that put me in such a great mood in the morning!! Hope that helps someone!
iamangiepooh iamangiepooh 8 years
Lol Mesayme I'm the same way about coffee! It's the first thing I consume every single morning without fail. I would be so crabby without it.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I need at least 8 or 9 hours of sleep to not be a complete b* the next day for the first couple of hours. And I've been an insomniac getting maybe 4 or 5 for the last 4 years...that's my medical excuse. :D And coffee, first thing, everyday or I go from a lion cub to a bobcat in an hour flat! :) Otherwise I'm an angel :ROTFL:
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
I guess it's just a badge of coolness.
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
I hate mornings, and nothing will change that. I have to set my alarm 15 minutes earlier than when I want to wake up so I actually get out of bed on time. When you're a high school student, every minute matters! Besides, it's practically required to complain about how tired you are every day at school, and if you don't you're looked upon with suspicion.
julieulie julieulie 8 years
Ha. Ha. Ha. Setting an alarm early. My alarm is already going off at 3:50am so I can be at work at 4:30 (I literally roll out of bed, put on clothes, and go... I shower at night, and no way could I stomach eating breakfast that early, especially when I don't get home from work to eat dinner until 7 or 8 at night). When you're getting up that early in the morning, I assure you, the extra 10 minutes makes a HUGE difference. Trust me. Work 13-14 hour days, 6-7 days a week, and then tell me that 10 minutes doesn't matter.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that we can all agree with this. if you have a BAD morning, then you are setting yourself up for having a bad day. this morning i had to fly back from a business trip and it was WAY too early for me - i was up at 5 and then knowing that i had to go straight to work was just NOT sitting well with me. i like the idea of setting an alarm early for a few days. that's something that i've done in the past and i've found that just having a few extra minutes to lay in bed and not have to worry about being late is a really helpful thing
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