Running late? Check out these tips to simplify your morning routine.
Whether you’re in school, corporate life, or a stay-at-home parent, morning routines can make a huge impact on how your days go. One of the biggest things I have found that helps me accomplish more each day is to cut down the amount of time it takes me to get ready each morning. If I can get ready to face the world in less time, that means I have more time to focus on my goals.
There are a few things that I have found over the years that help me to get myself ready in 15 minutes or less each day. I have picked up a few tips from successful entrepreneurs along the way, and have come up with a few through trial and errors. Today I’ll give you my four best tips on how to get ready in 15 minutes or less each day.
The Boy Scouts have it right with their slogan of Be Prepared. If you are going to be able to get from your bed to out your front door in 15 minutes, the first thing you need to do is be prepared. This can vary, depending on what you need to do to get out the door.
The one thing we all need is clean clothes that are easily accessible. If you are not prepared with your laundry, there’s no way you can get quickly get ready because you’re going to spend time searching for shirts that are at the dry cleaner or pants that are in the washer. Similarly, if your clothes aren’t put away in an organized way, you’re constantly going to be hunting for items.
At the very least, you should be able to hop out of bed and grab a complete outfit every day of the week. If you ever find yourself searching for clean undies, that’s a good indicator that you aren’t in a good laundry routine. Maybe you need to get in the habit of doing laundry once a week, or stop at the dry cleaner twice a week. Whatever your routine becomes, it’s the basis of being able to get out the door in less time.
Along with being prepared comes being organized. The more organized you are with the items you need on a daily basis, the quicker you can get out of the house each day. Once your laundry is getting done on a routine basis, you can take things a step farther and have your outfits picked out the night before. That way you can jump out of bed and immediately put on your clothes in the morning. I would recommend doing this all the way down to the shoes so you don’t have to do any thinking in the morning. I know when I’m tired and trying to get ready quickly, I tend to freak out about my clothes. I go through four or five different outfits before settling on the right one. By picking out an outfit the night before, that process can happen before bed, making the morning go by much quicker.
Another thing to have organized are the bags that need to go out the door with you in the morning. Before going to bed, make sure to pack up everything you need in the morning. Whether this is a backpack, briefcase, purse, or diaper bag, it will help to have everything packed up the night before. Not only will it give you one less thing to do in the morning, but it will also help ensure that you don’t forget anything because you won’t be packing in a morning rush.