Make Your Morning Routine More Efficient
Do you struggle with getting to work on time, no matter how early you wake up? Do you arrive at the office exhausted from racing around, trying to get yourself together at the last minute? If so, maybe you need to come up with some strategies to streamline your morning routine.
As this article notes, many of us seem to repeat a pattern in the mornings of wasting time on things like looking for our cell phone. Here are some tips for getting up and getting in to work more quickly:
Track your morning routine. It's hard to figure out where you can save time if you really don't know where the time goes. Spend a few days tracking and recording everything you do from the time you get out of bed to the minute you leave the house. You just might be surprised at how much time you waste, and easily identify things that don’t have to get done as you’re leaving for work.
Get a coffeemaker with a timer. This way, you can set it and forget it, and coffee will begin brewing at the same time for you each morning, provided you fill it the night before (saving you precious time as you're getting ready for work). The smell of brewing coffee will motivate you to get moving—and, of course, the coffee itself will give you a jumpstart.
Establish a "central storage area." Designate a spot on your kitchen counter or coffee table where you leave your cell phone, keys, work ID and anything else you need for work. Before going to bed, make sure all necessary items are there.
Bribe yourself. If all else fails, give yourself an incentive to get out the door on time. If you're on the road by a specific time, you might allow yourself to stop for a latte at your favorite coffee shop.
How do you deal with the morning frenzy? Share your tips in the comments for getting out the door on time.
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