It’s barely sunrise, you haven’t had coffee yet and you’re already late! If this sounds like you, there are a few easy suggestions to save your morning sanity! Many of them even start with preparation the night before.
Lunch Bag Snag – While you are serving dinner, set aside a portion to be your lunch for the next day and stash it in the fridge right then. If you aren’t into leftovers, make a sandwich when you are cleaning up after dinner. Either option is easy to remember and grab in the morning because they are ready to go!
The Obstacles of Outfits – Find a few minutes before bed to determine what you are going to wear the next day. Consider any weather changes that you might have seen in the forecast. Iron anything that might require it so it’s ready to just slip on in the morning or buy wrinkle-free clothing. Include any additional items that you might need to go with the outfit as well (accessories, hosiery or even shoes!).
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Track Your Habits – Do you really understand why you are always running late? Take the time over a couple of mornings to time each of the activities that you are trying to complete. It could be that you are trying to get 2 hours of tasks completed in a 1-hour period! Your study should help you see what are the biggest users (and abusers) of your morning time. With this analysis, you may be able to relocate non-essential tasks to another time of day.
The Basics of Breakfast – Get a coffee pot with a timer so your coffee is ready when you are ready for it! Prep on the weekends to have healthy smoothies that you can pull out each evening and thaw in the fridge overnight. Set out any items that you can for breakfast prep. With the rush of the morning, every moment spent at night is precious time saved!
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Set a Reminder the Night Before – Set a reminder on your cell phone or watch for a specific time each night. When the alarm sounds, stop what you are doing and spend a few minutes getting prepared for the following day. Pack your briefcase or bag with the items you will need tomorrow. Check your calendar for events or appointments so you don’t wake up to any surprises.
Comment time: What do you do to make mornings easier in your home?