If there is one thing I hate, it is getting out of bed in the morning!  While I am grateful to be awake every morning, I’m just not that bubbly morning person. This means I spend a lot of time hitting the good old snooze button which of course makes me late!

Not a good look! So I have explored various ways to help me save time in the mornings and these 3 have worked the best for me so far and I wanted to share them with you…

The most vital tip and the basis of the first 2 points is to … START THE NIGHT BEFORE!

Yep, you need to start your day from the day before to put you in the best position to have a day filled with productivity. “So what kind go things should I do the night before”, I hear you ask..

Get your outfit in check 

Yes, that’s right, get your clothes ready the night before. I try to do this particularly for work, this way I avoid faffing about in the mornings looking for something to wear. It takes more time than you think, trust me. And no don’t try to take a shortcut and just plan the outfit in your head, actually take it out of your wardrobe and hang it on your wardrobe handle.  Seriously, if you plan it in your head, I bet you won’t find that turtle neck you planned to wear in the morning or the skirt you really wanted to pair it with is still in your laundry basket. Planning it avoids those annoying surprises which take up our precious minutes in the morning. 

I would also include packing your bag the night before. I tend to use the same bag during the week, so I will check through it to ensure everything I need is in there and reorganise the contents.

Bonus: Try planning your outfit for the whole week!

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Do not just think about what you need to get done , WRITE IT DOWN!

Write out your to-do list the night before and where possible put the most important tasks first in your schedule. 

This way you can review the day you have just had and accurately plan for the next day. 

I find that doing this the night before makes me more objective as I could wake up the next day and not feel like doing anything, but because I have written it down I am more inclined to. It is a great way to keep yourself accountable.

Putting the most important or most difficult tasks at the start of your day ensures that you have already accomplished them before you have even got going. That way any distractions or procrastination doesn’t have such a blow on your productivity.  I know that if I start the day without having my quiet time with God and going to the gym, the likelihood of it happening later in the day is really quite low.

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Time your shower-time! 

If you are anything like me, you may take AGES in the shower and loose track of time! It happens to me all the time no matter how much I tell myself I am going to be quick. So, I found a solution! I bought a small waterproof clock which is stuck on my shower wall and honestly, it has helped me loads. Being able to see the time helps to me to be more realistic. I used to get in the shower and think I have been in there fore 5 minutes but it has really been 20! Not the best discovery when you are running late! So now I give my self a time limit and it is so much easier to stick to when you can actually see the time.

Do you have any other tips that could help us save time in the mornings? Share them in the comments below! Don’t forget to come back and let us know how you get on incorporating these tips into your routines..

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