10 Simple Ways to Get Ready Faster in the Morning
Everyone knows that the normal rules of physics don’t apply to the morning, as the minutes seem to pass by at roughly double the regular speed. There are people who depend on you to be somewhere at a specific time like your family or your boss, but what are you supposed to do when your engines insist on stalling before you’ve even got out of bed?
If any of this sounds familiar, then you need to develop some shortcuts to help you escape the frenzy of morning stress.
Here are 10 tips to get you started in the morning.
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- Here are 10 tips to get you started in the morning.
1. Don’t Snooze
When that grating alarm rips you away from your dream world, the natural instinct is to hit the snooze button. This won’t help you. Eliminate the temptation by setting your alarm away from your bed, as you will be required you to stand up immediately to turn it off and might think twice before retreating back under the covers. For bonus points: select a particularly energetic song as your waking call.
2. Open the Blinds
As soon as you’re out of bed, get the sun involved by opening up your blinds right away. The light hitting your eyeballs will not only wake you up faster, but you will also see your whole room for what it is, forcing you to face your life whether you like it or not.
3. Harmonize Your Schedules
Whether you live with your partner or a group of housemates, there are certain hours of the day when the shower and kitchen escalate in value. Rather than starting each morning with an argument, organize a system which ensures everyone wins and keeps the house moving like an ant hive.
4. Take a Cold Shower
Obviously, this is a steep suggestion to even comprehend in the morning, but if you have the stomach for it, a colder shower will wake you up much faster than any cup of coffee can. It doesn’t even have to be freezing water either, just cold enough to reduce the temptation of hovering around longer than you need to. Save the hot showers for nighttime, when the relaxing qualities can be appreciated without biting into your schedule.
5. Plan Your Outfit the Night Before
Instead of relying on your foggy morning brain to understand fashion while locating matching socks, lay out a nice clean outfit the night before (after you’ve checked the weather forecast, of course). Your waking self will sincerely thank you as the clothes slip on easily without the need for a second thought on the matter.
6. Get Your Shoes on Faster
If your shoes are new or you struggle to bend down, consider purchasing a shoe horn. These tried-and-tested tools are the quickest method of slipping your boots on without even having to reach for them, which is ideal for seniors and those with limited mobility.
7. The Art of Multitasking
Juggling too many tasks at once is a fast-track way to get your wires crossed, but if you can combine morning chores (such as brushing your teeth or shaving in the shower) you can trim useful minutes off of your routine to be spent elsewhere. Another trick is to never wait for anything by tackling other duties while your kettle is boiling, your bread is toasting, or your straightener is heating up.
8. Eat Leftovers
By cooking an extra portion of dinner and packing it in a container overnight, you already have lunch for the next day, which not only saves you time but also saves you money. And while you’re at it, why not prepare breakfast the night before too? Boil some eggs or stock up on some fruit and yogurt, as these are perfect foods to eat during your commute if you’re running particularly late that day.
9. Put Everything in Its Right Place
Avoid playing hide and seek with your keys and establish a safe place where you automatically leave all your essentials, including your wallet, transport pass, phone, and any medication you may need. If you’re prone to forgetting your bag, place it by the door before you go to bed, and consider keeping a small umbrella in there too.
10. Compile a Checklist of Steps to Remember
As you consciously begin to adapt this practice of streamlining your morning rituals, you may find yourself overwhelmed by these changes to your familiar patterns. Avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on yourself and instead spend a few weeks assembling a list to skim over before you walk out the door. These repetitive readings will gradually develop into a natural habit; and if you ever notice that there is an item you regularly overlook, simply add it to this inventory to ensure that you never forget it again.