For some people, getting up and out the door in the morning can be a struggle. Seeing people post on social media about how organised they are for their morning routine can feel impossible to replicate. But there are some small things you can do to help yourself be more efficient and get the most out of your time.
The night before
Being prepared ahead of time can save you valuable time in the mornings. This could even mean a few more minutes in bed! One thing that may make you more efficient is picking out your outfit the night before. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast though so you are dressed appropriately. This will save standing in front of your wardrobe trying to decide on your look against the clock.
Preparing your meals the night before can also save you time and stress in the mornings. Breakfasts such as overnight oats are a great option as they are ready exactly when you need them. Taking a preprepared lunch to work is not only healthier but also better for your bank balance. Preparing meals such as pasta salad the night before will last and be a nice break in your day.
If you want to be ultra-prepared, investing in a slow cooker will benefit you. Popping your ingredients in the night before and turning it on before you leave for work will mean that a warming homemade meal is waiting for you when you get back in after a long day.
Create a routine
Sometimes getting out of the house in the mornings can be chaotic, especially if you have kids and pets to sort out as well.
Taking time one evening to sit down and work out the most efficient way to do all your morning tasks may help you to make your routine more logical. For example, you could try and make sure you do all your tasks in one room before moving on as running back and forth will waste time and increase your stress.
If you have younger kids, having a visual morning routine chart could help them to know what order to do things and save you some stress. You may also want to assign them a job each in the morning to take the pressure off you, such as feeding any pets, getting bags by the front door or helping with the dishwasher.
We’ve all been the victims of being halfway out the door and doing the dreaded pocket pat to try and locate keys or a phone. Being organised can prevent that from happening.
Keeping items in specific places that are easy to grab in the morning is key. For example, keeping your contact lenses close by such as next to your bed or in the bathroom will make them memorable and easy to reach.
Being frantic in the morning can make things worse. You could consider getting up 15 minutes earlier to fit everything in without rushing. An alternative could be setting specific timers on your phone for different tasks. This will help to keep you focused and on time.