Mornings have never been my forte. I love nighttime and I love sleep. However, when I have to get out of bed early in the morning to get going to work or class, I need to get my act together.
Throughout my past two years in college I have discovered a morning routine that lets me sleep in 30 more minutes than before, while still taking my time to get ready, looking decent, feeling great, and being on time for class.
I thought that I should share some hacks to help you get ready quickly and efficiently in the morning while still being able to grab a couple minutes more of shut eye and have enough energy to get you through the day. Sound too good to be true? Check out these 8 tips and see what they can do for you!
1. Lay out Your Clothes the Night Before
You may have heard it before, but this age old wisdom really does work if you test it out. Before you head to bed, take a look at the weather for the next day and your schedule, then open your closet.
Lay out one outfit (or two if you want a little bit of option in the morning!) that you can throw on when you wake up to speed up your morning routine a bit.
Bonus: Pack your bag the night before so that in the morning you aren’t scrambling around… this includes your car keys!
2. Make a To-Do List When you First Wake Up
Do you struggle with being productive? The best thing to do is to knock that out first thing in the morning.
Try keeping a notepad or a planner beside your bed. When you wake up in the morning, before you even check Facebook or your text messages, grab a pen and write down your top 3 to-do items for that day. Then after you’ve woken up a bit more and checked your e-mails, write down 3 more less important things that you want to get done that day.
Making a list like this will help you to stay on track as well as empty your brain first thing in the morning. This gives you more of a chance to focus on doing other things like finding your keys (come on, why didn’t you set them out the night before?!) than worrying about whether or not you need to stop by the store after work.
3. Shower the Night Before
Implementing a shower into my nighttime routine is one of the best things I’ve ever done to speed up my mornings. While some people swear that the water of a shower can help to wake you up in the morning, it personally makes me irritated and throws off the rest of my day. Plus, brushing my hair out takes what feels like forever.
I would much rather take the time to shower at night and go to bed nice and clean than get up 20 – 30 minutes earlier to shower.
4. Eat a Quick Breakfast With Lots of Protein
The most important meal of the day isn’t called that for nothing!
Eating a protein packed breakfast is a great way to give you the energy that you need to get through the day. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the time to make a filling and delicious breakfast. I used to batch prep my meals, especially my breakfasts, but it became such a hassle at night that I found myself forgetting to cook and instead just grabbing a banana on the way out the door in the morning. Bad Dani.
Because I am gluten free it has been difficult to find a quick and easy breakfast in the morning, so when I found out about Jimmy Dean Delights Frittatas I got super excited. These new frittatas are not only made from real ingredients like whole eggs, lean meat, and real veggies, but they are also super easy to make in the morning, an excellent source of protein, low in carbs, and delicious.
My favorite flavor right now are the Turkey Sausage and Bacon ones, but I’m looking forward to trying the Turkey Sausage and Veggie ones as soon as I can get my hands on them!
Seriously, these frittatas have added all new delicious flavor to my mornings and because I have a super easy meal, ready to go in just 2 minutes in the microwave, it makes it easier to convince myself to get out of bed. Meanwhile, the protein keeps me going without feeling ravenously hungry before lunchtime!
5. Set a Second Alarm
No, not the alarm that you wake up to in the morning. Set a second alarm on your phone for 3 minutes before you need to leave your house to make sure you get out on time.
Why 3 minutes? 1 minute to finish up whatever you’re doing when the alarm goes off, 1 minute to find and put on your shoes, and 1 minute to walk to your car or be a couple seconds early.
I am always 3 minutes late to everything in my life, no matter how hard I try, so I have to set my alarm for 6 minutes before I have to leave… but that’s just me! This trick of setting an alarm for when I have to leave my house or dorm room has been such a great thing for me. I honestly can’t contest to this hack enough… you have to try it for yourself.
6. Drink Up
Drinking warm water with lemon in the morning has been a trend lately, but what gives? Honestly, while I have heard that drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning can do everything from speed up your metabolism to clear your skin up, I think that it’s just important to hydrate yourself.
I wake up and drink water throughout the night, which not many people do, but even then it’s been at least 8 hours since I last drank a large amount of water. Drinking water when you wake up is not only crazy effective in waking you up (some say it’s even better than coffee!) but it is also refreshing and an easy way to give your body the important kick start that you need for the day.
7. Let the Sun Shine In
On days that it is especially difficult to get out of bed, I find that reaching over to my curtains and opening them a bit gets me up and moving faster. I sleep in complete darkness: any lights blinking in the room are covered (which sometimes drives my boyfriend crazy..) and I have black out curtains covering my window. When I wake up, the best way to stop myself from going back to sleep is to get some sunshine in my room.
Turn on the lights, open the blinds, anything. The little movement that is required to get this done and the light helps wake you up and boost your mood.
8. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo just might be God’s gift to women.
I have super oily greasy hair no matter what I do so dry shampoo is a staple in my room. Since I shower the night before when possible if my hair is starting to look greasy by the morning dry shampoo is the way to go!
How do you save time in the morning?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.