On Planning the Night Before

I’ve never been a morning person. Not even a little bit. I’ve always been a night owl, and if it was a busy week, I would always opt for staying up late to get things done rather than getting up early to accomplish the same. But the more I did that, the more I realized that pre-planning the night before really makes for a smoother tomorrow!

On Planning the Night Before

So, here’s what I do the night before…the night before any particular day, really!

1. Check the Calendar

What do we have going on tomorrow? Is there anything I have forgotten about or need to do extra prepping for? Believe me, it’s much better to “remember” something the night before than it is to remember it in the middle of the day when you can’t do anything about it…or even worse, after you’ve already passed it!

2. Prep Tomorrow’s Breakfast

I am a breakfast eater (it’s the most important meal of the day, right?) and my hubby is a weekend breakfast eater, so Sunday – Thursday, I’m making sure my breakfast is all set and easily accessible, and on Fridays and Saturdays, I make sure that both of us are ready to go. That way you’re not getting up and flying around, trying to throw Pop Tarts or bananas to hungry people.

3. Prep Tomorrow’s Lunch

We each take our own lunch to work, so it’s great to get that set the night before…or know that we’re gonna have to run out and grab lunch during the day at some point if there’s nothing to take.

4. Plan Tomorrow’s Dinner

Around breakfast time is when my hubby is normally asking what’s for dinner, ha! So it’s easier for me to check on that the night before. If I need to take meat out to thaw or pre-prep anything, I do it then, rather than coming home from work the next day to realize that I’m up a creek without a paddle.

5. Lay Out Clothes

This is a big one for me. You know us women, we stand in our closets and look at tons of clothes and decide that we really have nothing to wear. There’s no point in creating frustration, especially early in the morning. So I choose clothing (AND accessories) the night before. That way, I can get dressed quickly and easily when it’s time to get ready in the morning.

6. Load Car

If there are certain things I need to have with me the next day, rather than make 10 trips to the car in the morning to get everything loaded, I load the night before. Both of our cars stay in our garage, so there’s no worries about anyone stealing things from the car, and all I have to do is give a cursory glance over everything the next morning.

So there you have it! What’s YOUR best tip for pre-planning the night before? Share with all of us!

105 thoughts on “On Planning the Night Before

  1. If I were a day-shifter, I’d have to do the same thing. I work nights. So there isn’t much rhyme or reason to my days. I am trying to teach my son to plan ahead the night before though. Like lay out his school clothes, have his lunch idea written down and make lists. I painted his closet door in chalkboard paint just for this purpose.

  2. I’m a morning person, but I’ve been putting in 10 and 11 hour days at work, and I’ve found myself doing more “getting ready” for the next day just before going to bed. Like prepping almost everything last night for the crock pot this morning. I could get used to it.

  3. Oh, you just made me realize I am maybe just a teensy bit organized. I do almost all these things. I fall behind on meal plans sometimes, but when I’m on my game I can prep lots on the weekend and get home to a much more relaxed evening routine. I do get lunches ready, clothes ready, I have my run out with the dogs clothes then my come back in get dressed for work clothes, so two stacked of weather appropriate clothes each morning. I try to prep things like cut veggies, package meats or pre-cook some things straight out of the grocery bags before I even put them all away.. those are my best weeks. Thanks for the confidence boost! See, I knew I had to be somewhat organized in some places in my life!!

  4. I love this! I can’t function without planning ahead and prepping everything. It helps keep me sane since there is no way for me to get everything on my list done, I have the essentials automated.

  5. Great tips! We just talked about this with my daughter yesterday, she is a night person as well. It is hard for her to get up and going in the morning, planning would help.

  6. These are great ideas. I used to do this all the time when I had three little ones to get out the door to school, or when I worked. Now, it’s just when I’ve got a busy day (doctors, court). I like to be well prepared for my day–make sure all documents are in order, medical log and prescription refills updated, etc. I am not crazy about surprises, and it makes life so much easier when you are ready for the day. I still have to keep track of the calendar to stay on top of things.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  7. All great plan ahead tips. My husband is this organized, I am not 🙂 I take it in streaks you might say. Being well organized is a good thing, I’d like to do it all the time. This inspires me!

  8. When I was younger I was a night owl–as I am getting older I am becoming more and more a morning person so I find that although I definitely look at my calender before I go to sleep I can get more accomplished early in the morning-at night I am just dragging. Since I am semi retired I no longer have to worry about what to bring for lunch–it is the other meals that throw me for a loop. Living alone I never quite know what I’ll be in the mood for–not good–gotta start planning ahead of time!

  9. I’m so glad I don’t have to worry about any of these things anymore. I tried to have the kids ready the night before, but there was always something they were missing, a project they’d forgotten, or something I needed to do for them. Right. This. Minute. Or their teacher would kneecap them. It was always a dire emergency. Don’t miss that at all!

  10. I always feel so much better when I have done as much prep the night before as I can, to make the morning go much smoother. You touched on most of what I would be doing too. Great tips!!

  11. I’m not a morning person either! I’d rather stay up all night to get something done and then sleep all morning. But when we have to be somewhere the next day, I do exactly what you stated on this list. Down to packing the car. Great list!

  12. I am a morning and night person. I am usually in bed at about 12:30 and up at 5:30. I am also very OCD so everything is planned, lol. I make breakfasts and lunches twice a week, they are ready to grab and go – saves a lot of time. My family always laughs at me and says I a crazy until I get sick and they have to go without!

  13. I have started to prepare my morning the evening before also and it helps. Even though I stay at home I get up an hour before the kids to be prepared with clothes laid out. Everything flows more smoothly!
    This was a great post so I tweeted it for you!

  14. Yup, planning the night before is the key sometimes. You have a trip, or something happening early in the morning? Plan that morning out the night before! I’m actaully doing that right now 🙂

  15. Love the graphic! I am a morning person so I tend to get up early and take care of things….I can’t even think after dinner. But for a night person that still has a functioning brain I can see how these would be a great help. Another good article! Once more….love your graphic! 😉

  16. Oh my gosh, I could have used these tips when I was working! Now that I’m a SAHM I have more time and its more like I’m on my schedule.. we rarely leave the home… but I know once school starts that will all change.

  17. I really need to get better and planning the night before. Mornings are so rushed, I need to have a set list of things to do in the evenings to make mornings less stressful. Super tips!

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  19. I need to do this more! I make sure all the kids clothes are laid out and backpacks are set, but that’s about it. Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

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    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic
    blog!

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