1. Put your alarm out of reach and stay out of bed
I’m the first to admit, I hit the snooze button far too often if it’s by my bed. A wonderful tip by Gemma Venn, author of Maximize your Morning is to move your alarm clock to a place where you actually have to get out of bed to switch it off. Once up get going.
2. Get prepared the night before to save time in the morning
Make your mornings as easy as possible by preparing as much as you can the night before to save time in the morning.
Prepare the following:
- Your breakfast. Have everything ready to grab. For example, If you like porridge oats in the morning you can actually have it in the slow cooker overnight so that it’s all ready for you when you get up. I can tell you this is lovely on a cold morning. See this recipe Slow-cooked porridge from BBC Good Food.
- Get your outfit ready the night before.
- Pack up’s ~ if you take a packed lunch to work with you, get it ready the night before so you can just grab and go.
- Bags, keys, coats… If you’re leaving the house as part of your morning routine, make sure you’ve got everything ready the night before that you need to take with you.
3. Follow the same routine each day, you’ll soon be doing things much faster
Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, good routines save time in the morning and in every area of your life.
You will know the things you need to do in the morning, so I won’t list them. We’re all different and do different things. Write down everything you do each morning and then create a routine for yourself. In my experience, you save the most time if you get yourself completely dressed before doing anything else.
Here’s my weekday morning routine that I stick to, to make sure my morning runs smoothly.
- Get up, shower, brush teeth, do my hair and makeup and get fully dressed including my shoes.
- Go downstairs – Let the dog out and feed him, have breakfast, wash up, do checks with my son
- Leave the house 7.40am.
That’s it. I do the same every morning. If you have children, try to get them following a regular routine too.
These are super simple tips but if you consistently make them a part of your morning routine you’re mornings will run smoothly and you’ll save time in the morning.
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