Whether you want to make more time in the morning for something pleasant (exercise, a quiet cup of coffee consumed sitting down, reading) or you're simply tired of rushing and running late, these time-saving tricks will speed up your morning must-dos.
I've recently started getting up early so I can start the day with a few tasks under my belt. I also haaaaate mad morning dashes out the door. For both of these reasons, I try to make the tasks that must get done in the morning as quick and painless as possible. Here are a few of my favorite tips:
- Grind your coffee, fill the water reservoir, set the timer on your coffee maker, and get your mugs out so you don't even have to press a button in the morning.
- Wash dishes and clean the sink the night before so you can start clean in the kitchen.
- Get up at the same time every day so you establish a rhythm.
- Along those lines, do everything in the same order each day so morning tasks become automatic. For instance: out of bed, bathroom, brush teeth, make bed, get dressed, pour coffee, etc.
- Make lunches the night before, or at least prep ingredients. At the very least, know what you're going to make.
- Pick out your clothes the night before.
- Pick kids' clothes out the night before, including socks and hair accessories.
- Make routine charts for the kids and teach them to go through their routines on their own if they're old enough.
- Pack your bag the night before.
- Pack everyone else's bags the night before. For kids, this means any papers that need to be signed or projects that need to be turned in are ready to go.
- Charge your devices in the same spot so you can grab them all at once.
- Find everyone's shoes and line them up by the door.
- The keys! Get those things by the door.
- Know what you're making for breakfast. Pre-make if possible. (Slow cooker oatmeal or overnight chia pudding, anyone?)
- Fill water bottles the night before.
- Get coats ready by the door.
- Put one person in charge of feeding the animals and letting them out in order to avoid shouting across the house to see if it's been done.
Any favorite time-saving morning tricks to share?