You too can have efficient mornings.

There are very few mornings that I don’t wake up before my alarm clock. Most of the time, I situate myself in such a position that the second it goes off, it’s already in my hand. But there are mornings when that does not happen. A great example of this is what my problem was this morning.

My house was cold. I was warm under the blankets. I fell back asleep after I turned off my alarm.

Usually, once my alarm goes off, I lay in bed for a minute or two, pet my dog, Levi, and then convince myself to face the day. Again, none of this happened this morning. I remember turning off my first alarm at 7am, but when my back up alarm went off at 7:50am, I went into panic mode (my reason for the second alarm is because I usually lay back in bed for a while once I’m ready for work).

Fortunately for me, I am an expert planner, so I was still able to make it to work on time at 8:30am (and keep in mind I live 15 minutes away from where I wo. Here are my tips for being prepared to face the day:

  1. Get yourself ready first. This one only applies to those with kids or animals. On a normal day, I wake up and take Levi out first thing. Then I come back in the house and brush my teeth, get dressed and take care of all of the other necessary stuff to get out the door. When I’m running late, I get myself ready first. I do what I need to before I take Levi out because then I know how much time I have. If I’m ready to go to work and I have 5 minutes before I absolutely have to leave, I only have to worry about Levi; not making sure my hair looks adequate.
  2. Pick out your clothes the night before. Now, I know some of you are thinking, “I can’t do that.” My outfit depends on how I feel that day.” That’s all well and good, and you can do that, but you can always have an outfit picked out just in case you’re in a rush. There is no worse feeling than trying to mix and match an outfit together quickly and showing up to work looking like a goob.
  3. Have a backup plan for breakfast. I’m just going to assume that you all eat breakfast (because you should). If you find yourself in a situation where breakfast needs to be quick, have easy food that you can take with you in your car like Nature Valley granola bars (my favorite) or fruit. And never forget your water!
  4. Prepare, prepare, prepare. If you find yourself wandering around the house in the morning looking for your keys or your phone or a charger, then you’re just wasting time. Before you go to bed, take an inventory of what you need for work the next day and put it all in one place; on your desk, on the couch, or even right in front of the door so you don’t forget it (my dad taught me that one). Every night, I make sure my book bag has my work keys, my wallet, my chargers (unless I’m using them), and extra clothes in it (my job gets a little dirty sometimes). I also make sure my lunch is packed and ready to go. In the morning, all I have to do is grab my iPad, my lunch, and my water bottle, and I’m good.
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