Do you know how to save time in the morning? Imagine it's 6 AM, and your alarm clock goes off. You hit the snooze button to get ten more minutes of sleep. But all of a sudden, you wake up later and you're running late for work.
How to save time in the morning
Put it another way, you wake up in the morning, and the first thing you do is grab your smartphone. You check your email, your social media accounts, and the news feed. You realized you spent a half-hour of your waking time playing on your phone. Imagine what else you could have done in that half-hour block?
I'm going to discuss some tips on how to save time in the morning. These are some of the best tips that help me get through my day. Some of these I'll discuss in future posts about increasing your productivity, but there are four I'll review that will help make your morning smoother. These points include:
1.) Sorting your clothes out the night before
2.)Keeping your phone away from the bedroom
3.) Making sticky notes for reminders
4) Placing your belongings in one spot before you walk out the door.
How to save time in the morning: Sort out clothes the night before
Figuring out what to wear to school or work may be simple. But if you're rushing in the morning, you don't want to waste time. Sorting your clothes the night before is more convenient because you're alert. Also, you don't have the “I'm crunched on time” moment.
Even on some mornings when I hit the gym, I put my workout clothes out before I go to bed. That way, it'll save me a minute or two to pull it out after waking up. Also, it makes me think that I'm one step closer to waking out the door. I've had mornings where I planned to go to the gym, then I went back to bed shortly afterward. Many people have gone through that, and end not doing what they had planned the day before.
How to save time in the morning: Put your phone in another room
While it may be convenient to keep your phone nearby, some people may use their phones much longer than expected. If you want to avoid distractions, put your phone in another room where you can't easily reach it. I know this sounds crazy (for those who suffer from FOMO syndrome- Fear Of Missing Out), but can make a huge difference in saving time. In place of a phone, use an old-school alarm clock if you are used to an alarm clock app on your phone.
If you need to have your phone on hand at all times, I suggest placing your phone on the opposite side of your room. For example, I live in a small apartment, so I put my phone on my desk before going to bed. It's across from my bed and if my phone rings, I have to get up and grab it. So when the alarm clock app on my phone goes off, I have to walk to my desk to turn it off. It also benefits me to get my body moving around to kick off my day. I'm much less likely to feel the urge to go back to bed if I start moving around first thing in the morning.
Use sticky notes
Things such as sticky notes are handy to keep on a nightstand. I use sticky notes to write reminders of what I need to get done. It's good to get in the habit of writing reminders the night before, so that way I don't have to forget the next day. One suggestion I would give is to think about two-three essential tasks that you need to get done on a given day. Then write those tasks done on a sticky note or piece of paper.
Alternatively, you can write down small jobs, including paying a bill or making a phone call. Especially for some mornings when you're pressed on time, it can be easy to forget doing those small tasks if you didn't write them down beforehand.
The following is a video (Mark Freeman) on best practices for using sticky notes.
Put all your belongings in one spot
My dad always asked me before I head out the door, “You have your phone, keys, and wallet?”. That's always brought up to me, and that's why I have a spot to keep all of my necessities. I have a little hanger by my door where all of my stuff is easily accessible. If there's a spot around your place where you want to keep all of your belongings, make a habit of doing so.
I remember times my dad would leave something behind (such as his wallet), and he would run back in and try to find it. Let alone he had left it upstairs earlier. So he would run upstairs, go back down and then back out to his car and leave. It's funny how he would remind me to do this, but then he forgets his stuff sometimes.
There is plenty more about how to save time in the morning. But I believe the four points I discussed earlier are the best time savers. Though this article maybe for morning people, anyone can use these tips to launch their daily routines. If you work in the evening or overnight, these tips work in the same approach during the afternoon or evening hours.
Which tip would you try to save time in the morning?
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Eric is a time management consultant and owner of the blog, quitkillingtime.com. He takes great pride in helping people manage their time, personally and professionally. Eric is a firm believer in time freedom, as he believes in taking ownership of time. “Time is your most important asset. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. How you use your time can shape the future you desire to have.” In his leisure time, Eric loves to write and read whenever possible. He likes to go for long walks out in nature and been taking Zumba classes every week at his local gym. You can follow Eric via Facebook and LinkedIn.