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You have probably read a lot about the importance of creating a good morning routine to get your day off to a positive start. I’ve got to say, when I follow my planned out morning routine it makes a huge difference in how my day goes!
Tired of having hectic, disorganized mornings? Have you had too many mornings where you wake up late, can’t figure out what to wear, don’t have time to eat breakfast let alone pack a healthy lunch, and end up at work late or at best squealing in at the last minute?
Whew! Just thinking about all that wears me out!
Would you rather start off your day calmly, deliberately and with intention? With a few changes, you could actually have positive feelings about weekday mornings. You could even do one or two things that you enjoy in the morning before you have to go to work.
If you think I’m going to tell you the same old advice of getting up an hour earlier so you can have calmer, happier mornings – I’m totally not.
I don’t like getting up early. I am not really a morning person unless I can do it all at my speed and on my timeline.
I’m just going to say you need a plan.
To make a good plan it helps to do a little audit of how long it takes you to get ready in the morning and get out the door so that you have a realistic expectation of how much time you need to have the aforementioned calmer, happier more centered mornings.
“If you win the morning you win the day!” Tim Ferris – Author, Entrepreneur
Write a list of everything you need to do in the morning to get out the door. Start with getting up and mentally run through your current morning routine in your head. Jot down all the things that happen (or that are supposed to happen) so that you are ready for your day.
Then, next to each thing write down an estimate of how long it takes you to complete the task.
If you don’t want to break down all your bathroom tasks individually, that’s fine, you can just write down “bathroom time” and the amount of time you need to get everything that you need to do in the bathroom completed. If you’re not sure how long it takes, time yourself moving at your normal speed through these tasks.
Next, tally up how much time you actually need to get your morning routine accomplished. Then figure out what time you need to set your alarm so that you can get it all done, without rushing around like a maniac.
Want to add in a specific activity to your morning routine, say a 10-minute meditation? Go ahead and add that to your list and add in the time.
What many people find when they do this audit is that they are trying to fit 75 minutes of activity into a 60-minute timeframe, or something equally as impossible. No wonder mornings feel hectic and rushed.
If that’s the case for you, then setting that clock a little earlier so your time until you get out the door matches your actual time needed to do that may be the answer.
BUT you might also want to consider other possibilities.
If you take more time than you would like deciding what to wear in the morning, lay out your clothes the night before. Hang the pair of pants with the blouse over it and the scarf or sweater draped around it as well. Put out the jewelry you want to wear and the shoes, too.
You may find that not only will you save time in the morning, but you may also look more put together because you had time to “style yourself.” For wardrobe ideas that will streamline your closet and ensure you always have something to wear check out this post: 4 Easy Steps to a Simplified Wardrobe and a Closet Full of Clothes You’ll Love!
You may have other things you can do the night before so that your morning goes more smoothly as well.
Some examples include packing lunches the night before, packing your briefcase, backpack, etc. and putting it near the door so It’s ready to go out when you are.
You can also make a grab and go breakfast option like these delicious and easy to make low carb gluten-free banana muffins. Even people who aren’t worried about carbs or gluten will LOVE them!
Coordinate your schedule with your family members and make sure that everyone has their gear together and ready to go as well (to the best of their age-appropriate ability). Keeping your house organized and decluttered can make this whole morning thing a lot easier. If clutter is getting the best of you you’ll find some excellent tips in these two posts: Decluttering for the Overwhelmed (Even baby-steps will get you there!) and 31 Things to Declutter in 10 Minutes or Less!
If you don’t want to get up earlier, then just be sure you do what you can to streamline that morning process and shave time off your audit.
You may have heard many of these ideas before. BUT – have you actually done an audit on how much time you need to get out the door in the morning? And have you actually implemented the ideas to streamline your morning?
If your morning routine looks more like a 3 ring circus that’s out of control than an actual routine, give it a try! Let me know how it goes down in the comment section! 🙂
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