The alarm clock goes off. You hit snooze. You know you shouldn’t—and you regret it later when you’re brushing your teeth and hair at the same time. We’ve all been there. The solution? Finding ways to streamline your morning means having a plan and sticking to it. If you’re running to catch your breath every morning, check out these tips to slow down and still make it out the door on time.
1. Plan your outfits for the week. It may sound like a lot of work, but the time you’ll save each morning will be worth it. On Sunday afternoon, go through your closet and choose your clothes for Monday thru Friday. Once you do, you won’t need to ransack your closet in the morning trying to find something clean, iron and color-coordinated.
2. Get organized. Can’t find your workbag? Kids can’t find their lunchboxes? Sound familiar? Make the saying, ‘A place for everything and everything in its place,’ your morning mantra. Keep shoes, coats and backpacks in a designated place so everyone can grab and go in the morning.
3. Get up earlier and exercise. Adding something to your morning routine may seem counterproductive, but getting in a solid workout first thing can help set the tone for the day. Moving your body helps your brain stay focused, which means you’re more likely to stay on track amid the morning rush. Try setting your workout clothes out the night before—or better yet, sleep in them!
4. Set a regular wake-up time. When you wake up at the same time each day, you know exactly how much time you have to get ready in the morning. This makes it easier to get things done and get out the door.
5. Keep beauty routines simple. Weekday mornings are no place for a full blow out or 30-minute makeup application. Instead, try taking a shower and blow drying your hair the night before. You’ll look and feel better the next day because you won’t be stressed out from rushing!
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