1. Pack Lunches the Night Before
I don't have very many brain cells working in the morning, so I find that packing my lunch the night before saves plenty of time in the kitchen. It also helps me make healthier choices and prevents me from giving in to fast food options.
Dill Bean Salad, Tex Mex Quinoa Salad and Soups all make great lunches.
2. Fit in some Stretching or Exercise
I tend to wake up very stiff and sore, especially if I went to the gym the night before. If I just try to get up and go, I'll be slow going, but if I take a few minutes to stretch I have much more energy. It doesn't have to be anything long, just 5 minutes to stretch whatever feels tight and get the blood going.
If you are one of those ambitious people who exercises in the morning (good for you!), then I find the best way to guarantee you'll get up and go is by setting out your gear the night before. It will not only be easily accessible, but its also a good reminder to get your butt going. When I have been good at working out in the morning, I find that this helps a lot to get me moving.
3. Set Out Your Clothes
I can barely get my socks on in the morning, let alone pick out something nice. Its much easier if I set everything out the night before, including shoes and jewelry. What would take me 15 minutes of pulling things out of the closet in the morning because I don't know what wear, takes less than 5 minutes to do in the evening. If I'm really on my game, I tend to set out tomorrow's clothes right when I'm changing out of today's clothes into gym clothes or pyjamas. Hanging it on a hanger on a hook behind the door, or laying everything out on a chair works best for me.
I just have to remember not to move them over to the bed in the morning or someone will decide it makes for a comfy place to nap.
4. Hop in the Shower First Thing
If I make breakfast first or check my email, then before I know it, I look up to see that I have barely any time left to shower and change. Time gets away on me and I become less efficient. It takes some effort, but if I hop in the shower right away, I save much more time in the long run. It also gives me a chance to let my hair air dry a bit before I use the dryer, which is much better for your hair.
5. Simplify Your Makeup Routine
6. Start a Landing Routine and Stick To It
Once I started putting everything in the same place every night when I got home, I stopped spending time in the morning running around for things I need to take to work. My keys go on the hook, my purse hangs behind the door and my lunch bag goes right to the kitchen to be emptied.
Garrett does the same thing with his work bag, which makes it easier if I'm helping him get ready for work in the morning. I can pack both our lunches into our lunch bags at the same time and know exactly where it goes. Then when he goes to grab it, everything is ready to go.
7. Prep Breakfast and Coffee the Night Before
I am a big fan of breakfast and always try to have some quick options on hand - cereal, Greek yogurt, oatmeal, toast, chopped fruit.
8. Wash Your Hair Every Other Day
I used to be a daily hair washer until I realized how much it was drying out my hair. Now I wash it every other day, give it a good blow dry and then touch it up with a flat iron on day two, or even toss it up in a chic ponytail or add a headband. Giving up the old routine really helped to save me more time in the long run and my hair looks even better for it.
9. Make Your To Do List the Night Before
10. Place Anything Extra You Need By the Door
I hope that these little tips help you out if you are struggling for time in the morning. Maybe you'll even get to sleep in another 15 minutes! If you have any tricks that help you in the morning, please let me know. I'm always looking for ways to get even more out of my mornings.