It is almost September, which means it is almost time for a lot of people to go back to school. That means early mornings and for many it means rushing out the door at the last minute. So how can you be more efficient in the morning? That is where I can help. During the school year, I am one of those psychotic people who can be ready to be out the door an hour before my class. Here are some of my best tips on how I get the most out of my mornings.Prepare Everything the Night Before
Lay out your outfit, pack up anything you need for school/work, set the coffee pot and do whatever else is necessary to make your morning run smoothly. Getting things done the night before makes it easier to get out the door without complications. It is easy to lose time trying to decide what to wear or find that assignment that is due. If you prepare everything the night before, you will find it easier to get out the door faster.
Get Up Earlier
I know this sounds like a no brainer, but a lot of people will hit the snooze button to death before rolling out of bed. When you do this, you are more likely to be frazzled as you try to get yourself together. Set your alarm and when it goes off, get up. The extra 15 minutes of sleep that you are getting by pressing your alarm isn’t really helping you. If you get up, make your bed and get going, you will not only have an extra 15 minutes to get ready, but you will feel more energized and ready to tackle the day.
Put the Phone Down
I am so guilty of sitting on my phone checking every form of social media/playing stupid games for at least 45 minutes before I get out of bed/start getting ready. This is probably my worst habit and it is what puts me a little behind on some mornings. Put the phone away until after you are basically ready to leave. Use the phone as a reward for being finished early (note: obviously checking school/work e-mails is the only exception, but I recommend doing this at a computer instead of on your phone so you are still out of bed and you don’t have the other apps on your phone to distract you).
Create a Routine
Having a routine makes many things easier, mornings especially. If you get used to getting ready in a certain way, you are more likely to do it on autopilot, making it faster and more efficient. For example, if you have a specific order that you do things (shower, breakfast, get dressed, check e-mail, brush teeth, leave) and you stick to it, it will eventually become second nature and you won’t have to stop to think about what has to be done next. In the early stages of developing a routine, write down everything that you know needs to be done in the morning, put it in an order and work on following that, and see how much easier your mornings become.
I hope these tips are helpful and you are able to have less stressful mornings because of it!