Lindsay Gill: Organization 2014 DAY 28: The Mornings

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Organization 2014 DAY 28: The Mornings

This is a repost from when I started blogging back in August.  I'm proud to say that our mornings have been going much smoother than they were in August!

"It's better to be late than to arrive ugly," says Darcy Gilmore, make-up artist.  But what if we're arriving to work late and ugly!?

This morning I was running late to work, (I thought my start time was 15 minutes later than it actually was).  That was no problem because my co-worker graciously was able to come in a few minutes early to cover for me.  This was all until I realized I forgot Luke's milk at home!  I hate being late!  It gives me quite a bit of anxiety.  This morning inspired me to work on planning my mornings better.  Here's what I found:

1.  Do the obvious:  pack lunches and bags the night before.  Lay out clothes. Empty out school bags from school to make sure there is no paperwork to fill out.  (You have double the amount of school backpacks when your husband is a teacher!)

2.  I have a small white board that I plan to hang right next to the door.  This way, we can write important notes for ourselves or each other.  For example, "DON'T FORGET LUKE'S MILK!"  I find I can sleep better, too, knowing that I've written down what I need to do in the morning.  This is also nice since my husband and I are leaving at different times, we can write each other notes for a seamless morning.

3.  Leave enough travel time.  Leave time for traffic or inclement weather.  For some reason, I always tend to leave just enough time to drive to work.  If there is traffic, my heart races in fear that I won't be in time.  Leaving about 10 minutes earlier than usual is so worth it.  That gives you about 10 minutes to either sit in the car and collect your thoughts, or get into the office and start the day peacefully.  If you look around at other commuters, so many people are getting road rage and are drinking their coffee ferociously.  Let's try a different approach to the morning.

4.  Set your clocks a few minutes ahead of time.

5.  Seriously (re)consider what you need to do and the time it takes you to do it.  I know I have a false sense of how long it takes to get Luke ready, especially since I don't want to rush him with his bottle before we leave.

Of course there will be days where things don't line up and you might be late anyway, like this morning.  In this case, I made the appropriate calls to work and then just took a few deep breaths.  I truly believe many things happen for a reason.  Maybe I avoided a crash or saw someone I wouldn't have otherwise seen.  Try to keep perspective on things and use the time to make a list of everything you're thankful for, including the co-workers who have to make arrangements while you're on your way! 


  1. This is a great reminder! I often struggle with running around in the morning getting everything ready to go. On the days that I packed everything the night before (even the bottles in a lunchbox in the refrigerator, all ready to go!) I am so much more relaxed when I arrive at work. Drop of at daycare or a grandparent's house is so much more relaxed. Great, great reminder to get things all set to go the night before!

    1. and I know that the kiddos can totally sense our anxiety, so it's just a win-win to prepare! Thanks for reading, Lizzy!

  2. This is really helpful to me since next week is going to be my first week back to work since Paige was born (she's 11 months). It's going to be a rough transition with I'm sure LOTS of tears, because I'm not used to being away from her for more than an hour or two! lol

  3. it's definitely a transition but probably good for both of you! will she be going to daycare? you will do great! just keep putting one foot in front of the other! But it definitely is still a struggle to drop my little guy :( Thanks for reading, Julie!

  4. I am obsessed with having a good morning! It just makes or breaks my day! I love your tips especially the pack the night before (a total must do) and the board by the door. I might just steal that idea! ;-)

  5. Great tips! I'm a stay-at-home mom and mornings are still hectic for us. I have two boys and usually they alternate on who wants to wake up easily and who makes the morning a little less pleasant. Thanks for linking this up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Link Party! We hope to see you linking up again!