When you lead a busy lifestyle juggling work, family and a social life, sleep is one of the last items on your list of priorities. In the mornings when your alarm goes off, it can seem like that extra five minutes of snoozing in bed will be the difference between a refreshed start and a day of misery. We all know that realistically that is unlikely to be the case, however, we all still push the time to the limit and end up rushing in the mornings, sometimes even making us late for work or forgetting things.
Even though it is possible to race through your mornings and just about make it through the work day, rushing in the mornings can have negative effects on your lifestyle. For example, a rushed morning can mean that you are forced to neglect to say a proper goodbye to your family, you may forget your lunch and have to spend extra money buying food, or you may not have time to do any chores such as putting the washing machine on, forcing you to take up your evening time with these boring tasks.
If that all sounds very familiar, it sounds like you need to change your morning routine to make sure that you get ready more efficiently and get to work on time. Not only will this be beneficial to your work life, but you will also find that you will feel more productive and will be in a better mood throughout the work day.
The following tips can help you to get your morning routine under control:
Do things in order
Work out a routine along with everyone else in your household to make sure that you are doing things in the best, most efficient order. If you have to wait for your breakfast to cook, find something you can do in the meantime, such as making your lunch, instead of simply sitting around waiting. If you have to wait for your hair to dry after your morning shower, do this first so that you can be doing your makeup and getting dressed whilst it’s drying before finishing it off with a blow dryer.
Also, consider the layout of your house and items so that you are not moving from room to room and up and down stairs whilst you are getting ready. Instead, make sure that you are able to get ready in the most minimal space possible to save time. This will also make it less likely that you will become distracted or that others in the house will get in your way.
Once you have figured out a way to use all your time effectively and do things in the most efficient order, stick to this routine and make sure you do it every day. This way, you will get used to your daily routine and it will gradually become quicker.
Organise your belongings
One of the main hold-ups in the mornings is organising your items. Many people spend at least 5 to 10 minutes looking for items they have misplaced amid their morning rush; not only is this a waste of time, but it can also be stressful when you lose your keys and phone every five minutes.
However, there is a simple way to combat this issue. Allocate a place in your kitchen for the important belongings you need to take with you to work. A good place is on sideboard beside your fridge. This is because the items being placed here will also help you to remember to take a healthy lunch with you.
The night before, use the allocated place to store your work things for the morning so that you are not racing around looking for them. For example, this could include your work and house keys, mobile phone and charger, name badge, max clocking cards, wallet, watch and mints. With your important items lined up and ready for you to pick up and go, you will be able to simply grab them and go in the morning with minimum faffing around and no stress.
Set realistic goals
Unfortunately, there is no magic way of making more time, so it is important to set realistic goals for what you want to achieve in the mornings. If you are currently trying to squeeze in a trip to the gym, a full English breakfast, and a fancy hairdo in the mornings, it may simply be the case that you need to cut something out of your routine.
For the first week of limiting your morning routine, try to think about what you could cut out of your daily routine. Could you perhaps do some exercise in the house or go for a run instead of driving to the gym each day? Or maybe you could sacrifice straightening your hair and go all natural at least one day a week? Maybe you could start taking a microwavable breakfast to work such as porridge and start eating it at work? Whatever it is you decide to forfeit, replace it with something more time saving, and instead, enjoy more time with your loved ones, having some time to yourself, or getting that extra half hour of sleep.