If you're not a morning person, that struggle to get up and out of the house every work day can be seriously hard work. Hell, even if you are a morning person, sometimes it's still an effort.
We have some tips and tricks that might help you shave valuable minutes off your morning routine, so you leave on time.Take a look through our useful suggestions below, then share any of your handy morning hacks in the comments
1. Don't hit snooze.
Step away from the snooze button. You're deluding yourself if you think an extra 10 minutes will make that much difference. If you do manage to fall back asleep in that time, you're just going to feel even more sleepy when your alarm goes off a second time.
Get in the habit of getting out of bed when your alarm sounds and you'll have a better, more efficient, start to the day.
2. Get a shower timer.
Force yourself to shower faster by investing in a shower timer. You can buy basic versions for only a matter of dollars, and you'll save that in just a few weeks by using less water and energy.Also, streamline your shower process. For example, if you wash and condition your hair first, the conditioner will be ready to rinse off once you've washed, shave or rinsed the rest of you.
3. Automate your morning coffee.
If you're the type of person who needs a coffee before you can even think about beginning to get ready, consider a machine with a built-in timer, so you can wake to the smell of freshly-brewed java and get your fix that little bit quicker.You can buy programmable coffee machines for less than $30, so it's not even a major investment, but it could make a difference to your day.
4. Sort your clothes the night before.
Save many wasted minutes of indecision in front of your wardrobe every morning by checking the forecast for the next day and planning your entire outfit the night before. Not only will you avoid what-to-wear crises, but you'll spend less time hunting around for a certain tie to match a shirt, a pair of unladdered pantyhose or having to iron something last minute.
5. Go cold breakfast.
Don't give yourself extra work by trying to cook on the days you have to leave the house on time. A cold breakfast is quicker and can be healthier than anything you need to cook.Try making a big bowl of fruit salad twice a week and having a helping every morning. Give yogurt a go. Cereal or granola are other time-saving options. Then, when you do have time to make a cooked breakfast on days you're not working, it will be more of a treat.
6. Set a countdown timer.
If you know you have to leave the house in 40 minutes, set a countdown timer to keep you on track. Having a visible reminder of the minutes ticking away might spur you into speeding up your morning routine, rather than letting the time creep up on you.
7. Leave yourself notes.
Don't rely on your morning brain to remember anything important. If you need to remember something, write a note and stick it to the back of your front door the night before. It will take mere seconds but save you time the next day having to return to the house when you realize you forgotten that important thing when you're already 15 minutes down the road.
8. Have a place for everything.
Get organized and create a specific, permanent home for your keys, wallet, phone, coat, bag, umbrella, etc. A simple key rack, caddy and coat peg will do the trick. You will literally save collective hours by not spending that frantic 10 minutes before you want to leave the house desperately trying to locate your keys. As soon as you get home every evening, put everything in its proper place.
9. Utilize your commute.
Depending on what kind of commute you have, use it to your advantage. If you're a passenger in a private car, could you eat your breakfast on the way to work? Do your make-up on the journey? If you're a train or bus user, you could use the time to check email, social sites and the news to save wasting time doing it at home. Those who walk to work could catch the headlines via radio.All of us can use the time to think about the hours ahead and get mentally ready for whatever the day will bring.