For some of us, getting ready in the morning is like a time lapse movie; we become a jittery little blur of high-speed motion as we battle against the clock, before hurling ourselves out the door to rejoin real life, half resembling a human.
Sometimes just a small shift in our awareness and the tiniest of tweaks can transform whole areas of your life. Early mornings aren't going anywhere, so it's you who needs to adjust if you wish to revolutionise your rise and shine.
Below are five simple hacks to help you.
Break the habit of pressing snooze until you have shaved off every possible minute from the time before you have to be out the door. Every once in a while, this is going to be the case, but not everyday. With a few minor tweaks getting up could be made considerably easier.
Firstly, get an alarm clock, which is not your phone and wakes you up with some 'natural' light. Set it at a time that gives you within the region of an hour to get ready in the morning; then subtract 15 minutes to allow yourself a grace period to get out of bed, which will not affect your sacred a.m. hour. This may take some adjustments i.e going to bed earlier (highly recommended) or incentivising getting up in time with the lure of a particular type of coffee, or a special shower wash.
Think about the optimum amount of time it takes you to get ready in the morning, without rushing. Then allot times for everything you need to do and commit this to memory. Make sure your home has clocks that are visible and in the places you need it most, i.e the kitchen and bathroom. Then, stick to the times.
For example, wake up at 7, be in the shower by 7.15 and then dried and dressed by 7.30. Makeup and hair to be completed by 7.45, which is time for breakfast. By 8 o'clock must be ready to go, apart from quickly check bag is packed and brush teeth. Then out the door by 10 past and on the bus at 8.15. When you have a set routine, it's easier to manage your time and saves fretting about being late.
A moment's mindfulness
Instead of resigning yourself to the daily struggle that is getting up early and going to work, try to find ways of enjoying the process and loving your morning routine. As soon as your eyes flicker open and you first awaken make a conscious effort to think of at least one thing that you're grateful for.
If you have the time and inclination to go further than this, then schedule in some yoga stretches and a quick meditation. This relatively small action will improve your whole day, helping you to cope better and completely avoid negative situations.
Be savvy with your breakfast choice. It needs to be time efficient, but also nutritious and delicious so that it sets you up for the day. Why not prep a bowl of oats and fruit the evening before, or try granary toast topped with sliced tomato, a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of sea salt, or perhaps an avocado cut in half and filled with cottage cheese. These are quick easy suggestions, that are also tasty and will supply you with the vitamins, minerals, fibre and healthy fats your body needs for optimum performance.
Preparation is often the key to success. In the case of freeing up your mornings and potentially transforming your life, night prep is crucial. Even just thinking ahead to the morning can significantly reduce the time spent flapping around aimlessly. Here are a few things you can prepare:
- What you're going to wear
Get your outfit ready before you go to bed, so that you don't waste precious minutes trying to decide what to wear and digging around in your wardrobe for clothes you can't find.
Decide what you're having for tomorrow's breakfast and check that you have what you need. If you take a packed lunch to work, then prepare it ready to take with you in the morning.
- Early night
Going to bed earlier and getting an extra hour's worth of sleep in the evening rather than on snoozes, makes it easier to get up in the morning.