No doubt about it: mornings are busy. Chaotic, even. If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know this first hand. You may not even have children to handle – it could also be that it’s just you to get ready and out the door in the morning. How can you possibly find more time to create a better morning? If you missed day two, check it out here.
It is hard enough to find the motivation to get out the door, much less get out of your warm bed! You already know that those first few hours in the morning set the tone for the entire rest of the day. Do you want your day to be calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you’re in control?
Well, that’s up to you and it’s all about embracing two simple time management strategies:
Use the 5-Second Rule and Move
It’s tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? But those few extra minutes of sleep aren’t really that high-quality, are they? Procrastinating doesn’t even feel that great when you do it, right?
It’s even harder to set the alarm early enough that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it. If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it’s not nearly as hard as you think and something you’ll quickly get used to. Want to know how you do it?
Your first easy-to-implement time management strategy is this: Use the 5-Second Rule outlined by Mel Robbins in a truly amazing TED talk:
Set the alarm for what time you need to get up and make sure the snooze function is turned off.
You can do it.
When that alarm goes off, count backward from 5.
Then GET OUT OF BED! (yes, even you, the person reading this while still in bed.)
Here’s the problem with cutting time too short, or worse, hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start. You have to rush to make it out the door in time and any little problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys goes from an inconvenience to a MAJOR CRISIS.
If your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day and you start it with procrastination and inaction, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your day.
Getting up earlier by 30 minutes is an awesome goal. Just getting up when the alarm goes off and starting your day puts you ahead of the game.
You’re in control.
You can do this.
In short, getting up early (whatever that means for you) sets you up for an amazing, productive day.
Take Action – Find More Time by Reconsidering Your Routine
Your second time management strategy is also your action step for today:
Take a few minutes at some point today and consider your current morning routine. Where are you really spending your time? Are there tasks you can change to find more time for the things you really want to do? If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast ready for everyone in the house, can you change that? Can you get the coffee ready the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is push a button? Save time (and reduce decision fatigue) by making sure your clothes for the next day are set out the night before. Pack your book bag, purse, briefcase, and car keys (or any combination thereof) have a designated spot. Ensure that they are in place before you turn in for the night.
Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference.
I challenge you to come up with a few small changes to your routine that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.
Share your ideas for changes below – your suggestions and ideas can help someone else!