Busy Bee Tips + Ideas for Better Mornings + Easier Commutes

Busy Bee Tips + Ideas for Better Mornings + Easier Commutes

In general, I’ve gone into this year with the goal of being more intentional (which I wrote all about here).

And sure, this practice has informed so much of my life for the better, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still mornings I have to wake up at 5am and rush out of the house in a hurry. So today, I thought I’d share my tips, tricks and ideas for guaranteeing more enjoyable mornings and less stress-filled commutes. x,S

(PS: My bag is from Opelle, and you can shop the rest of my outfit at the bottom of the post)


Waze is a humble little community-based mapping app that has changed how I GPS. Unlike Google or Apple maps which I find give the most basic main-road routes, Waze offers more back-road and insider routes for faster travel. It also alerts you of vehicles stopped on shoulders, police sightings, and more. It even has an options where you can schedule and set your travel plans and will alert you when you need to leave. For example, I usually get my call sheets for the following morning the night before, so once I find out the location I need to be and at what time, I set that in my phone as I go to bed, and in the morning, I’ll get a notification when it’s the ideal time to leave.


I can’t talk about driving and commuting without mentioning the podcasts that I consume in the car. For all things creative and entrepreneurship, try Girlboss Radio, Ladies Who LunchBest Practice, StartUp  For all things design and interiors, try CleverThe Chris Loves Julia Podcast, Young House Love Has a Podcast. I also love This American Life, ReplyAll and Death, Sex + Money.


Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, but on a day when I have to head to set or have an early meeting, I’d rather give myself extra sleep – CBD oil is a god send for sleep! – or tea-making time than make a great breakfast. Instead, I grab a LÄRABAR nearly every single morning. They keeps me full for hours, they’re super healthy, and they taste good. I love their apple pie and peanut butter flavors.

Cascara Latte + Sloane Tea

Why is it that a hot beverage in the morning sets the tone for the whole day? Guess we’re creatures of habit! Lately, I’ve been loving Starbucks’ Cascara latte with almond milk. It’s certainly not an everyday occurrence (at $5, I can’t swallow that daily, excuse the pun), but I enjoy one or two a week as my version of a special treat. Otherwise, I make myself a small pot of Sloane‘s loose-leaf tea at home — currently enjoying their Jasmine Mist. If and when I do have coffee at home, I’ve been really digging Silk’s new Almond and Coconut milk coffee blends. They just came out with Almond Hazelnut for coffee and it’s pretty tasty.

Night Before

Although this post is all about making mornings more seamless, I can’t talk about that without touching on my nights. Before I go to bed, I do a lot to prepare for the next days, and while most of it’s obvious, it’s worth mentioning:

  • I always wash and dry my hair at night–never in the AM.
  • I set out a few outfit options so I can decide between them fast based on weather and how I feel when I wake up :P.
  • I made a home for all my crap (wallet, keys, thermos, notebooks)–anything I could possibly need to bring with me somewhere, I’ve made a spot for. If you don’t have a catchall bowl or tray at your front door, get one. I found a little bronze pocket change holder and it was the best garage sale find ever.
  • I always, always, always clean my kitchen. I know it sounds silly, but waking up to a spotless counter and table just starts the day on a zen, calm note. I also like to set out things I might want in the morn like a tea tumbler, breakfast bar, etc.

Hats + Sneaks

One word: Athleisure. Praiseeeee! Even if you shower at night and set out cute clothes, some days you just can’t be bothered. My go-to on days like this is a button-up shirt, black jeans, sneaks, and a hat (as seen in my feature image). Like my threads? Shop them below (purse is from Opelle):

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What are your tips for easier and more enjoyable mornings?! Please comment and share. 🙂

Sabrina Smelko

Lifestyle blog and shop by Sabrina Smelko, sharing wellness, home design, entrepreneurship and resources