Whether it's a handbag, a laptop bag, a backpack, a gym bag, or whatever bag you use, develop the habit of packing it before going to bed. Waking up to a packed bag will avoid the rush of running around in the morning to collect everything you need for the day, making your morning routine run smoother.
I use two bags: my backpack, which I use for work and personal use, and my gym bag. I follow the below process when organising my bags:
Step 1: Declutter
At the end of the day, I go through my bag and put away or bin/recycle anything I don't need. Like my home, I ensure my bag isn't cluttered with stuff I don’t need. Any items I need for the next day remain in the bag.
Step 2: Pack It
Once I have cleared out my bag, I determine if there is anything else I need to pack. I will often pack my bag after I have checked my calendar and completed my to-do list to ensure I only pack the things I need for the next day.
Keep your bag as light as possible. A heavy bag is not good for your back or shoulders. A light bag also makes travelling from A to B more comfortable, and you aren't slowed down by the weight of a heavy bag.
Finally, if you have an exercise goal, packing your workout bag the night before will help to keep you motivated, especially if you go to the gym first thing in the morning.
Consider organising your bag(s) before going to bed, as this will ensure that you have everything you need for the next day and will give you one less thing to worry about in the morning.
This is blog three of my short blog series called Things I Organise Before Going to Bed. Keep an eye out tomorrow for blog number four in the series.