The two key components in getting the day started off well when dealing with preschoolers and toddlers is to establish morning routines and minimize distractions.
Preschoolers really benefit from a morning routine! They are at the age where you can begin to mold them to be an organized individual and you can teach them about making decisions because they want to help with just about everything. Various morning routine charts can be found at www.suite101.com.
Kids learn by example and by making choices so leave enough time in the morning schedule for them to do as much as possible on their own. Do not rush them. Let them help pick out their clothes for the next day and sit them out so they can put them on themselves in the morning
Keep the items that distract your child out of sight. They are easily distracted at this age by their toys and books and they do not have any understanding of time or schedules.