I’m all about shortcuts, whether it’s alternative hair styles or ways to cut down my morning beauty prep. I hit snooze a lot more than once, and I generally have to allow myself 45 minutes extra to actually get out of bed, let alone make it out the door.
But there has to be another way, and mornings should not be this painful. We’re looking at 5 ways you can streamline your morning routine and start your day right.
1. Get prepped
Preparation is key, so give yourself a head start by starting your morning prep the night before. I’m not talking sleeping in your clothes, although we’ve all been there. Planning your outfit the night before will mean one less thing to consider the morning after, and who can match colours at 7am? By checking the weather you can plan everything down to your coat and shoes, so you won’t be scrambling for an umbrella in the morning because of a surprise thunderstorm.
2. Snooze no more
It is time to break up with your snooze button. It might seem like your friend, but that is a toxic relationship built on you being entirely dependant on that tiny moment where you are seemingly in control. You are not – the snooze button is, and it always will be.
Put your phone on the other side of the room so that you have to physically get out of bed to turn off your alarm. That way you will already be up and moving.
3. Get moving
Exercise in the morning might seem like the last thing you want, especially after you’ve just given up your snooze button, but it is the perfect way to start your day. The energy boost from a morning work-out, however quick or casual, will have you ready to face the day. A brisk walk or a more intense work-out will have the same benefit of waking you up properly.
4. Plan your day
Have a timetable for your day that will ensure every minute is accounted for. That feeling of morning dread when you’re facing a heavy day will vanish if you feel in control. Consider your scheduling carefully – a top-heavy day, in which you achieve the more important or more difficult tasks early, will leave you feeling productive right from the start.
5. Use your commute
I’m talking about your commute – use it to ease yourself into the working day. Rather than spending your commute wondering why people don’t understand how to move down inside the tube carriage (me this morning), take the time to look over your schedule and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Don’t throw yourself in at the deep-end and start replying to emails before you have even set foot in the office.