Even if you love the mornings and bound out of bed as soon as your alarm rings, there’s a good chance your sunrise routine could use some refining. Many people find they feel flustered trying to figure out what they need to bring with them before leaving the house, which results in them getting out the door later than planned. If that sounds familiar, the tips below should help you get ready to go more efficiently.
Pack Lunches Each Evening
A packed lunch can be the fuel that gets you through the day. However, if you’re feeling frazzled in the morning, you may end up forgetting some crucial cuisines or deciding it’s just easier to grab something from the food truck that parks outside your office each weekday.
Eat food from home and feel less stressed by packing lunches the night before, instead of in the morning. Not only does that give you some breathing room, but it also helps avoid the anxiety that comes from hastily trying to make a sandwich just before leaving the house, only to realize you’re out of bread.
Put Essentials Together by the Door
It’s easy to waste a lot of time scurrying around the house, trying to make sure you’ve gathered everything you can’t leave home without. Maybe that means toting your phone charger, briefcase and tablet, or your favorite messenger bag that’s already stocked with everything you use daily.
Whatever the case may be, collect as many of those must-have items as possible and put them all by the door before going to bed. That way, when you wake up, the things you need most are ready to go, and you don’t have to look for them.
Leave Some Things at the Office
Consider leaving some things at your workplace, if it’s feasible to do so. Just be sure to lock up costly items, such as your laptop. Statistics say 58% of laptops are stolen from office environments, but you can easily keep yours away from the hands of thieves by using security cables or other protective accessories.
Use Combo Products during Morning Showers
People often like to shower in the mornings because they believe it helps them wake up faster and feel refreshed. If you’re a morning shower-taker, try using products like all-in-one shampoo, conditioner and body wash. A single product that cleanses both your hair and body is convenient because it cuts down the time you spend standing under the shower spray.
Choose Clothing in Advance
Trying to decide what to wear can be agonizing, especially if you’re doing so before an event where you want to look your best, such as a job interview or important client meeting. It can also be a very time-consuming task.
Aim to choose what to wear the night before, then group those clothes into one section of your closet so you won’t waste time searching for each piece. Don’t forget to focus on the finer details, such as picking out accessories, or making sure your shoes are polished.
Set Your Alarm for Earlier Than Usual
One of the reasons why you may always get delayed when trying to leave the house is you’re simply not allowing enough time to take care of everything. See if you’re able to get out of the house quicker by just waking up 10 minutes earlier than usual. That small window of time may be exactly what you need to be clear-headed and calm during morning preparations.
People from all walks of life and all corners of the globe perpetually struggle with getting out the door on time. If it’s a problem for you, you’re not alone, but the tips you’ve just read could help you break the cycle for good.
Kayla Matthews is a productivity blogger and calendar-planning enthusiast. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter to read all of her latest posts, or check out her blog, Productivity Theory for more productivity tips.