If you feel tired and rushed every morning, your routine needs a makeover. Spending a little more time getting organised each night could make a big difference. Here are some other ways to make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed each day.
1. Quit the snooze button. There’s no point setting your alarm for 5:45am if every morning you snooze and snore till 7am. If your days start with a mad rush, you might just need more time! Start by getting up half an hour earlier. When your alarm sounds, plant your feet on the floor before you turn it off. See? You’re up! Need eight hours? Count back from your alarm time: if you’re up before 6am, lights should be out before 10pm.
2. Play by the rules. It’s really only one rule: no screens before 8am. No email, no social media, no television. This takes care of any time-wasting that’s making you late. If you really need to stay in the loop, flick on the radio to catch the news while you get ready. If social media is off limits until you leave the house, you’ll be less distracted. Try it for a week and watch your mornings open up.
3. Commit to regular exercise. You don’t have to leave the house to get in a daily workout. Sign up for an online fitness program or try a free exercise app — we’re loving Sworkit — to get you moving in your living room. Even if it’s just 10 minutes of high-intensity exercise followed by five minutes of stretching, that 15 minutes is a great start and won’t hold you up. (Beware: If you’re going to bend your no-phone rule to download a meditation or fitness app, don’t ruin your zen with a post-bliss social media session.)
4. Do a 10-minute meditation. Try a guided meditation first thing in the morning — we like LacyYoung on Soundcloud. Commit to seven morning sessions and see how you feel. It’s so addictive, the more you do it the more you’ll want to. It’s a lovely way to wake up and will start your day off on the right foot.
5. Streamline meal prep. Save time by making breakfast, lunch and dinner in one hit. Doing your food preparation all at once also means you’ll only need to clean up the kitchen once. So while you’re chopping vegetables for dinner, slice fruit for school lunches. Next, grate an apple and add it to some oats and yoghurt for Bircher muesli. Cooking brown rice? While you’re there, boil some eggs for a quick protein-packed snack. Add baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese and a squeeze of lemon to some leftover rice for a healthy lunch. Pack it all up ready to snatch from the fridge before you run out the door the next morning.
6. Get organised the night before. It’s not news that the key to a streamlined morning routine really depends on the night before. While it’s tempting to flick on the television after dinner and relax, your mornings will be easier if you spend just 20 minutes taking care of the essentials: select and iron your clothes for work, set out the kids’ gear, pack bags. Leave nothing to chance and it’ll be a good morning, guaranteed.