Start Your Day Right - and Fast

Always finding yourself running late in the mornings? If the answer is yes, there’s really nothing for you to be ashamed of. I’m sure it’s a problem most of us face – yes, including me. I wanted to put an end to this bad habit, so I came up with a list of some useful tips and tricks to make my mornings run smoother and more efficiently. It also saves me a lot of unnecessary stress early in the day. I believe this could work for both the student and the working adult, so feel free to try it for yourself!

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1. Pre-prepare the night before

The word “pre-prepare” alone sounds overwhelming, but trust me, it makes a big difference. Start planning for your morning the night before to have a more streamlined process in the day. This also helps for when anything unexpected happens – at least you’ve got a game plan ready. Here are some things you can pre-prepare:

  1. Put your alarm clock (or phone) away from you – preferably across the room. When it rings in the morning, you will have no choice but to get up and turn it off, helping you fight the snooze monster.
  2. Keep your essentials. Make sure you have everything you need – phone, wallet, keys, earphones, etc. – in the same place, or in your bag already. You reduce the chances of you having to find them in a panic (or worse, leaving them behind) the next day.
  3. Plan your outfit. This saves you a lot of time and effort and prevents wardrobe malfunctions in the morning.
  4. Keep your curtains drawn. If your alarm clock doesn’t wake you up, the sunlight surely will.

2. Take a cold shower

Believe it or not, cold showers actually have a lot of benefits. One of them is an increase in alertness. Our heart rate increases in response to the shock of the cold, allowing blood to rush through our body. This wakes our bodies up and gives us a refreshing start to the day! Save your hot showers for the end of the day, when you want your body to relax.

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3. Decrease the size of your wardrobe

I can already hear the horrified gasps of the average millennial girl from miles away – what do you mean decrease my wardrobe? To put it simply, the more clothes we have, the more outfit combinations we can come up with. And while this is ideal for taking OOTDs, it also increases our burden of deciding what to wear for the day. If you want to have a productive day, you shouldn’t have to waste a good part of your day and your energy doing this. That’s why a lot of entrepreneurs wear the same thing every day.

However, if you don’t want to drastically reduce your wardrobe to a pair of jeans and a few shirts, you can try making a capsule wardrobe. It basically consists of a few essential items that you can wear again and again. This allows you to declutter your wardrobe and helps you save money on clothes you probably will never wear anyway.

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4. Don’t skip breakfast!

As much as possible, try to have breakfast – it truly is the most important meal of the day. If you don’t have a lot of time to spare, then prepare them the night before or have quick and easy breakfast options available! Yogurts, bread, oatmeal, cereals, nutrition bars – anything to energise you in the morning. Now, not all of us are breakfast people, so at the very least, have a warm drink like coffee or tea.

Well, there you have it! Of course, the most important thing is sustainability – if you don’t think you can do this every day, you might be better off following a routine that you can. It takes 21 days for something to become a habit, so you should keep up your routine for at least that long and it should come naturally after that. I found that these few things really help me, but I’d love to hear your ideas on what makes your mornings better.