One Bag Nation

Organizing the Day the Night Before

Posted on: May 8, 2008

I read a lot of productivity and organizing blogs, and it’s unanimous: whether you’re a super high-tech type or you’re striving to unplug, slow down and simplify, one of the best ways to get your day off on the right foot is by preparing the night before.

What works for me? Cleaning up the kitchen after dinner; making lunches; spending a few minutes picking up the house before I go to bed; setting out my exercise clothes; and reviewing my To Do List with an eye to deciding what needs to be done the next day.

There’s simply no comparison between waking up to a tidy house and wading through clutter and dirty dishes just to make coffee. Making lunches the night before gives me more time to read my email and my favorite blogs early in the morning. And for some strange reason, my lists don’t make me nearly as crazy at night as they do in the morning – go figure!

A small investment of time in the evening can have a huge payoff the next day, taking me one step further in the quest for order, serenity and peace of mind.

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2 Responses to "Organizing the Day the Night Before"

“There’s simply no comparison between waking up to a tidy house and wading through clutter and dirty dishes just to make coffee.”

I completely agree with that.

You start the day on a much more positive note when you wake up to a clean, tidy house.

I wish I could say that was the case over here this morning . . . at least the kitchen was clean!

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