If you’re known for your slow start to every day, it might be time to consider changing up your routine. “Wake up earlier” can only take you so far, no matter how many times people say it, and there are always better ways to get you from groggy to get up and go. Here are five tips that might just work for you.
Even if you’re not indecisive, actually hunting down all the components of your daily work outfit can eat up valuable time every morning. Decide on your outfit the night before and make sure it’s laid out and ready to go for the next morning, instead of relying on your groggy brain to remember where you put “the good pants with a striped pattern” after the last time you wore them. Worried about staying temperature suitable? Check the weather the night before, or add a light jacket to your bag on the way out.
Sunlight and Smart Light
If you already know that natural light helps you get into the morning groove, it might be a good idea to invest in a sunlight alarm. These can help keep your morning routine intact during winter months, or ease you into waking with various light options. Pairing up an Alexa system with smart lightbulbs is another bright option that can keep you from stumbling around in the dark. Set them up to go off in the bathroom, or somewhere you’ll need to see but won’t be startled by.
A shower is a hugely important part of any routine, and hot water can definitely help you shake off the last traces of sleep. Consider investing in some fun shower speakers to play your preferred pump-up list, or pick up a shower melt for the toughest mornings you face. If you want to invest in invigorating face wash to wake you up in the mornings. Get body wash with scents you like to make the morning routine something you look forward too. Invest in hot water installation or repair if your home switches to cold water regularly. Taking hot showers improves your daily quality of life immensely.
Consider expanding your night before preparations to include everything you’ll need for the next day at work. If you use a bus pass or car keys, make sure they’re in plain sight and ready to go. The same goes for any work you brought home, or bags you might need to bring. If you think you’ll want a snack, pack it the night before. Designating a specific area as your “prep zone” keeps everything contained and lets you check over what you have for what you might be missing quickly and easily.
Whatever side of the “most important meal of the day” debate you’re on, it doesn’t hurt to have the option. Plan out your meals ahead of time to save yourself the stress of getting them ready in the morning. You can pack and prep a lunch the night before, and as for breakfast, lay out some quick and easy options you might like after you’re done packing lunch. For those of you who know you’ll need a coffee, look into a machine with an automatic timer.
Getting to work on time doesn’t have to be a miracle or a stressful repeat experience. A little effort in your downtime can go a long way.