Time-Saving Tricks to Trim Down Your Morning Routine

Time-Saving Tricks to Trim Down Your Morning Routine

Shifrah Combiths
Jul 20, 2015

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?

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