Preparation is half the battle. Do everything you can the night before, from shaving your legs to packing your kids' backpacks. You can cut your morning routine in half by doing the legwork before you go to bed.
No matter how rushed you are in the morning, you shouldn't skip breakfast. After all, it's the most important meal of the day. A quick breakfast doesn't have to mean grabbing a donut or resorting to fast food drive-thru breakfast. Fresh fruit, instant oatmeal, yogurt and granola are all quick and healthy.
Prep-ahead breakfasts also can make your morning routine go more smoothly. Make a dozen hard-boiled eggs that your family can eat over the week or bake a breakfast casserole in the slow cooker overnight. Make pancakes, waffles or breakfast burritos ahead of time. Wrap individually and freeze them. In the morning, just pop one in the toaster or microwave. You can even set the table for breakfast the night before so that your family can actually have time to sit down together and have a meal to start the day.
A sure-fire way to speed up your morning routine is by fooling yourself with the clock. Change the time on the clock in your bedroom to 15 minutes later than it actually is.
You'll wake up 15 minutes early, and if you hit any snags in your morning routine, you'll still have some wiggle room to get out the door on time. If you don't hit any snags, then you just bought yourself 15 minutes. Sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee before starting your day. If getting your kids out the door on time for school is an ongoing problem in your house, give your children an incentive. Let your kids know that if they are ready early, they can play their favorite video game or watch TV until it's time to leave.
Many of us get hung up in the bathroom in the morning putting on a beautiful face or getting our hair just right. Try to whittle your beauty routine down to 10 minutes or less — better yet, five minutes.
Organization is the key to making your morning routine plans become a reality. It's definitely possible to do your makeup in five minutes, but if your beauty products aren't organized and nearby, that won't happen. Use baskets, jars, trays and other containers to store all your essentials neatly on your bathroom counter. Add in-drawer organizers to keep all your hair accessories and other small items in their place to keep yourself organized and have the items you need on-hand where you can find them easily.
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