About a year ago, I started prepping for the morning the night before. I follow a simple routine. I place a bowl and a glass on the kitchen table. The glass is to remind me to start the day with 8 oz. of water. The bowl is for oatmeal.
I’ve found that putting the bowl out and filling it with dry oats helps me in two ways. First, it allows me to streamline my breakfast preparation, and, second, it leads to better choices. Since the oatmeal is already out, I choose to eat it over an unhealthy cereal or grabbing a quick and easy granola bar.
The other thing I do in the evening is to fill my coffeemaker with grounds and water. That way, all I have to do is turn it on. (Although I’m hoping to upgrade to a coffee machine with a timer in the future, that will have to wait until we have more counter space than what’s available in our current apartment.)
These are small things, but I’m nearly incoherent in the morning. So, I tend to make dietary choices on impulse rather than intentionality, and like many others, I can’t enjoy my morning without a good cup of joe. Thus, it’s nice to just press a button to start the brew.
The point of my morning prep is to get me in my chair to do some writing or whatever else I have to do as soon as possible. On an ideal day, I’m up at 6, eating by 6:15, and then sitting in front of my computer with a cup of coffee no later than 6:30.
It doesn’t always work out that way but preparing the night before increases the chances that mornings go smoothly.
photo: Isaac Benhesed