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Waking up in the morning, no matter how much sleep you get, can feel rushed and unorganized. Your mind needs more time to process what you need to do, and often we feel panicked and overwhelmed just trying to get out the door in time. But there are steps you can take, and preperations you can make that will cause your mornings to go much smoother.

The Night Before

Make a bedtime routine that includes getting ready for the morning. Having these things ready to go will make your morning much smoother.

1. If you’re a coffee drinker, get it ready before bed. If your coffee maker has a timer on it, take advantage and set it for a time before you will need it. If it doesn’t have one, make yourself a note to turn it on when you first wake up so it will be ready to go.

2. Decide what you will wear and set them out. Personally, if I need to pick out my outfit in the morning, it takes me easily twice as long.

3. If you shower in the morning, have your towels and anything else you need already sitting out and ready to go so you can just turn the shower on and get going.

4. Place everything you need to take with you by the front door. That way, you won’t be roaming around trying to find your belongings.

In The Morning

As I said before, your mind is not at 100% when you first wake up. You need to be organized to make your time as efficient as possible so that your critical thinking skills are not wasted on trivial matters. When you allow your mind to come out of that “morning fog” on its own, you will find that the rest of your day will be much smoother as well.

1. Schedule your time in the morning and stick to it every day. If you are not a type A personality, this may sound a little silly, but trust me: it’s worth it! Decide what time you want to get up, and make a list of everything you need to do and about how long each task will take. For example: Wake up at 6, exercise from 6-6:30, shower from 6:30-7, get ready from 7-7:45, breakfast from 7:45-8:15. Of course, everyone’s will be different. By now, you should have a good idea of how long everything takes, and once you are able to fall into this schedule, you will never feel rushed.

2. Play upbeat music when you’re showering and getting ready. Just like when exercising, the music that you listen to has a big impact on your pace. If you’re really getting into the beat of your favorite tune, you may find that your shower time goes from 30 minutes to 25. Every little bit helps, and it will help you wake up easier.

3. RELAX! If you stick to this routine and figure out what works best for you, you won’t have a need to scramble in the morning and will feel more relaxed and ready to take on your day. You will think more clearly, have more energy, and you will be able to handle stress more calmly.

Do you need a little more convincing on establishing a routine? Check out this blog from whatspinksthinks.com on the benefits of making your morning all about you. Do you have any great tips? Let us know!