How to Streamline Your Morning Routine

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How to Streamline Your Morning Routine Are your mornings at home busy and chaotic?

Do you find it difficult to leave the house on time with everything you need?

In this post, I offer a few tips to help you streamline your morning routine so you can start the day off on the right foot.

Write down your routine.

How many tasks or items do you actually perform in your morning routine?

Three, five, seven?

Get some perspective on what you’re actually doing in the AM and write down each task you perform.

You may be surprised at how much you’re actually trying to do in a small period of time.

Cut out non-essential items.

A good way to gauge whether or not something is non-essential, or either pulls you away from getting ready in the morning, is whether or not you lose all sense of time as you take part in that activity.

Think about the last couple of mornings. When did time just seem to fly by?

Check your list from above to see what tasks you could cut out of your current routine without detriment.

Don’t think, act.

Now’s not the time to think heavy thoughts or ponder the meaning of life, it’s time to get yourself ready so you can get out the door! Don’t think about what you have to do, just go and do it. Try spending more of your time standing or in motion as opposed to sitting or at a standstill. Remember, a body in motion tends to stay in motion and a body at rest tends to stay at rest.   

Take care of yourself first.

If you’re caring for others in your family and household, you know what it’s like to get everyone rounded up and out the door. Consider putting yourself first by taking the time to bathe, dress and eat something before you help others get ready. You’ll feel much better knowing you are fully ready to start the day.

Prepare items the night before.

Not a morning person? Preparing items the night or evening before can be a lifesaver. Try getting one or two things ready in advance. You could lay out your wardrobe for the next day, pack up your purse, briefcase or backpack, prepare your lunch and snacks, collect your phone, house and car keys in one place where you’re sure to find them, and so on. All that’s left to be is done in the morning is to pick up your materials and head out the door.

How about you? Could your morning routine use a tune up? What change are you going to make over the next few days? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.