We have all been there. The alarm goes off, and you instinctively hit the snooze button. Five minutes later, you wake up panicking that you are going to be late for work. You scramble to find some clothes, skip breakfast, grab your things, and leave. Sometimes you forget something and run back to get it. By now, you are probably late for work. Fortunately, there is a solution! It takes slightly more effort the night before, but since I have implemented this routine, I have cut down my morning routine by 20 minutes.
Set Out Your Clothes
It seems minor, but spending a few extra minutes picking out your clothes in the morning is eating up your valuable time. Try setting out your clothes the night before so you do not have to think when you are groggy in the morning. I also like to set out my shoes, watch, and any jewelry I might want to wear the next day. Also remember to pick out your outerwear (i.e. coats, scarves, hat, gloves).
Make Breakfast Ahead
Depending on what you like to have for breakfast, this may be a big time saver. I prepare tea or coffee the night before and place it in the refrigerator. When I wake up, all I have to do is pop my mug in the microwave while I do something else, and voilà, my drink is ready. I used to like to make breakfast, too, in the past. But now, if I am really trying to save time, I take a pre-selected snack (like a granola bar) to go and eat it while I am walking from my car to work.
Pack Your Bags
It can be pretty frustrating to leave the house just to realize that you forgot something at home. The night before, try to set aside whatever you need the next day, and put it by your shoes at the front door. When you are ready to leave, you can feel confident that you have everything you need.
Set Two Alarms
We are all human, and sometimes waking up in the morning is tough. To prevent oversleeping with the snooze alarm, try setting two alarms one minute apart. When the first alarm goes off, you can make an effort to get up or hit the snooze bar. When the second alarm goes off, it can serve as a reminder that you really should get up and not wait for the first alarm's snooze to go off. This method has worked for me without fail for many years.
If you are able to implement these small changes by investing just a little bit of effort the night before, your mornings can become streamlined in no time!