Do you often find you’re rushing out the door, down to the wire on getting your butt to work on time?
Mornings are stressful and you have a lot to do in a short period of time, and consistently starting the day off like a small tornado tearing up your humble abode is a bad way to kick off the day.
While your morning routine might be complex, have no fear – there are easy ways you can plan ahead and actually set some time to relax before you go flying out the door. Let’s review!
Plan Your Morning the Night Before
This should be a no-brainer. Do you know where your keys, purse, wallet, and gym bag are first thing in the morning? If so, congratulations, you’re already more efficient than half the population.
Is your outfit laid out already? You should set a few minutes to figure out what you’re going to wear the day before so you can dive into it instead of spending the first 10 minutes of your morning tearing through your wardrobe like a rabid animal.
Did you make lunch the night before? So easy! Take it out of the fridge and throw it in your bag. Check!
Get Strategic About Alarms
Attention all you snoozers out there: set your alarm five to fifteen minutes earlier than you would normally wake up if you find you’re clawing back that time and shortening an already small window.
Set multiple alarms with one on the other side (or even outside) of your bedroom so you actually have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
And ditch the alarm clock! With the power of smart home technology and cell phones, we have everything we need to wake up to something we actually like to listen to (90’s dance music, anyone?). I can guarantee you that a screeching alarm clock is not one of these things.
Time Your Coffee Intake
Brewing coffee is a simple task, but even the simplest of tasks are deterrents to removing yourself from a very comfortable bear hug with a pillow. Get a Keurig, or prep your coffee the night before and set it on a timer. It’s very motivating to just wake up and immediately start your caffeine routine hassle-free.
Make Breakfast Easy
Sometimes breakfast is the last thing on your mind. Well, you know what experts say – it should be the first!
Nobody has time to go all Julia Child in the kitchen in the morning, so keep it simple – grab some yogurt, make a smoothie, and even eat breakfast on the go while you’re heading out the door. Your body will thank you, and you’ll thank the immediate energy boost.
Bring Order to Your Beauty Routine
I don’t know a damn thing about the intricacies and nuances of the hallowed female beauty routine, but I do know one thing: nobody likes wasting time untangling hair dryers, pulling hair out of brushes, and looking for that moisturizer which seems to have grown legs and called it a day.
Spend some time the night before making sure everything is in order and within reach and you’ll breeze through your morning and slip out the door without looking like a drunk child did your makeup.
Take it Easy
Counterintuitive? I say nay! Mornings are frantic, and you’re doing your inner peace big favours by taking five minutes to sit down, sip your coffee, go through the news, meditate – something you like doing.
Taking time to slow down actually creates more space, making you more effective, and making life more fun. Isn’t that the point of it all?
So go ahead, try one or all of these tips. With all this extra time you’ve created, maybe you can do something crazier, like go for a 5K morning jog, work on a big, personal project, or write down everything in your life you’re grateful for. You know – all that crap the so-called successful people of the world do.
But that’s a subject for another blog. Now get out and go conquer the world, you!