Rise and Shine: 10 Ways to Save Time in the Morning

By: Roberta Fiorito

The dreaded alarm. The gut-wrenching feeling that your slumber is over when it felt like it had only just begun. The grogginess.

There’s not a lot to love about getting up in the a.m., especially if you’re a college student like me with a bad habit of staying up too late. However, with these 10 tips, you can save time getting ready before work or school, and maybe press snooze just one more time (…or two, or three).

  1. Set out what to wear the day before

Picking out clothing for the next day can save you tons of time in the morning. Instead of throwing open drawers and taking items off hangers, having an outfit prepared will help speed up your morning routine.

  1. Make meals ahead of time

Prepare the next-day’s meals the night before to save time in the morning. Containers and Ziplocs can hold tasty leftovers ready to eat throughout the next few days. Setting aside snacks will also help save money, and stave off the afternoon lull.

  1. Style your hair the night before

This applies more to women, but men can also style their locks as much as possible before bed. This will save a lot of time that would otherwise go toward straightening or curling hair.

  1. Keep a list of tasks to complete near your bed

Placing a notepad by your bed with tasks for the next day will motivate you to get up and get going. Carpe diem!

  1. Block out time for YOU

Before going to bed, make a mental note of when you’ll be able to read a book or magazine, take a nap, or just sit and think the next day. This will motivate you throughout the day if you know you have a chunk of “me time” as a reward.

  1. Go through the next day in your mind

Before going to sleep, quickly scan through the next day in your head. “Go to work, go to a meeting, go to dinner, take a walk…” etc. When your mind is clear and focused, you are more likely to get up with purpose.

  1. Pack your backpack/bag

This seems sort of obvious, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve forgotten my keys or wallet because they were lying across the room. Having everything (and I mean everything) ready to go can make a huge difference, and help forego the stress of “what did I forget?”

  1. Place alarm out of arm’s reach

If you wake up to your phone or a traditional alarm clock, I’ve found it helpful to place it across the room or just out of arm’s reach. This will cut down on the amount of “snoozes” and get you up and out of the sheets on time (which is truly the hardest part of waking up).

  1. Coffee

I like to drink iced coffee in the morning, and making coffee the night before and keeping it in the fridge saves me tons of time. Even if you like hot coffee, brewing a cup and heating it up the next day can save you a few minutes, or a trip to Starbucks.

  1. Put things away at night to avoid stress in the a.m.

Tidying up your room a little the night before will really help with that morning anxiety before an important meeting or a class presentation. When your room is clutter free, it’s easier to find things, stay organized and attack the day.

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