Mornings can be the worst. Ultimately made more stressful with the addition on late nights, tight schedules, and unexpected delays. So what do you do to face the early morning rush? You strategize! Sure, planning for the day or even week ahead means more work upfront. But trust us, it’s worth it if you don’t have to sacrifice that extra hour of sleep when you need it the most. Read on for our eight hacks on how to get out the door with everyone (and everything) in tow while still managing to cut back on the morning stress.
Prep your Eats
Cut down on unnecessary time spent in the kitchen cooking and cleaning by making your breakfast smoothie or packing the school lunches (with the help of the kids) the night before. Plus you can take the extra time needed to plan out your meals to focus on food that’s healthier. Portioned out meals makes them easy to grab-and-go and with a quinoa salad in hand, you’ll have little excuse to eat out at lunch.
Plan your Outfits
Never know what to wear in the mornings? Then chances are, your morning outfit changes are cutting into your sleep time. Cancel out any indecisiveness by hanging up full outfits complete with a tag specifying the weekday in which they should be worn. Not only will this hack make getting dressed faster, but it ensures that the laundry is always done in advance. No more looking for that missing sock or doing any last-minute ironing!
Pack your Bags
Backpacks, purses, and briefcases should be packed with any important items the night before and placed near the front door. Since they’re in your direct line of sight, there’s no way you can misplace them! Do you usually run errands in the morning? Do the kids have a school project to turn in? Place any other important items next to your packed bag to make sure you take them with you.
Quicken the Commute
Beat the traffic by finding out a faster way to get from your house to work and school. Shedding down time spent in the car or bus is always a good thing especially with little ones in hand. A planned commute is okay, but a real-time, up-to-date traffic information is better. Get digital by downloading navigation apps to your mobile device. And no worries! There’s an app that fits your life, regardless of where you live or how you how you commute.
Back Up Your Supplies
We have all been there. You have forgotten something at the house and you have to turn around to get it. This unexpected delay and the unwelcome frustration can quickly wreck your morning. Ease this stress by keeping extra supplies in your car or bag when you need it the most. Lint rollers, combs, wipes, and even snacks can hide in your center console and keep you looking and feeling great in rush hour.
If you are a habitual snooze button user then you know that there’s little to get you moving in the morning. So you are going to have to get a little creative. Morning affirmations in the shape of post-it notes or a post card from your dream vacation next to your alarm clock will give you just the right amount of inspiration to get up and greet the day. After all, you can’t accomplish your goals in bed!
Check your List
Checklists were created for the absentminded and busy. Take advantage of this and write out a checklist for your morning routine. Sort it by time to make sure the morning is going as planned: 7 a.m. wake-up call, 8:30 bus stop. Placing the checklist on your fridge or by your calendar will make sure you see it daily. The more visible the checklist is, the more you will use it.
Simplify your Routines
It’s time to get specific. What’s your biggest reason for being late in the mornings? Do you have children that hate getting dressed? Or do you never hear the alarm clock go off? Think about your major morning stressors and plan accordingly. If you can turn workable pajamas into a casual day outfit for the kids with just the addition of a t-shirt, than nothing can eat up your morning time. Now, get to it!