So, how was your Monday morning?
Scene 1: Wake up; Enjoy a relaxed morning cuppa; pull in a mild workout; have a relaxed shower; get ready; have breakfast; leave for work.
Scene 2: Jump out of bed; try to do at least 2 other things while brushing your teeth; forget the mornin’ cuppa – no time; rush through the shower and get ready; forget to do something; grab something edible that you’ll eat during your commute (god help you if YOU are the driver of the day!); rush out of the house.
Although I agree, I might have made Scene 2 sound more dramatic that it needs to be, yet which one is closer to your morning?
If it is scene 1, then perhaps you should click around for more interesting topics on fitness and well being – perhaps this post is not for you.
But, if chaos is one word that describes your morning, every single day, then take a deep breath and read through.
Once you’re done, a huge lightning will strike and thou shall be transformed –
There are several ways to tackle this situation. Two of the commonest would be either to reduce the number of things that you do in the morning OR increase the available time in the morning.
Presented below are a couple of suggestions, that have worked well for me in making my mornings a bit more easier. I hope they work for you too 🙂
Morning Routine: To most people, the word ‘routine’ equals ‘boring’, ‘regimented’. But if you are a professional with a full time job and a family, then routine is that one thing, that is going to save your day!
The secret lies in choosing only the chores that are top priority – that simply cannot be ignored. and then working them into your schedule. I know it is easier said than done. (And if you just happen to be working mom, who is reading this, then I can only imagine the things that you’d be saying in your mind, about this piece 🙂 )
- As a first step towards trying to solve the problem, identify exactly how much time do you have in the morning. Take the time that you would like to exit the house for work, as your cut-off and start working backwards till the time you get off your bed. For example, if you desire to leave home at 8:30 am, and you wake up at around 7:00 am, then you have 90 minutes to spend.
- Once you know the exact amount of time available to you, make a list of the things that you would like to accomplish in this time frame: eg. Freshen up, coffee, shower, breakfast (make/eat/both), pack lunch, etc. etc.
- Now from your experience, put an estimated time for each of this activity, as in how many minutes does it take to brush your teeth/use the bathroom, etc. While reading this blog, this might come across as a childish waste of time, but let me tell you, once you start jotting down those numbers, the revelation will simply amaze you. Try it just for the heck of it once.
- If your numbers add up and overshoot the number on your ‘available time’ slot, then you have a problem. Probably it is the one that you face every morning, without knowing how to get a handle on it.
- Now that you know your time killers, it is a good idea to start crossing out unimportant tasks from that list. My list looks something like this:
- Up at 5:15 am
- Brush Teeth/Freshen up – 10 minutes
- Make my morning tea – 10 minutes
- Enjoy my morning tea at a very leisurely pace. (i usually have time till about 6:15 am)
- Get Ready for the gym – 5 minutes
- Hit the Gym – 6:30am – 7:30 am(luckily I do not have to travel too long to reach the Gym. It is right inside my apartment complex)
- Back from the gym catching up on some TV (usually re-runs from previous night) with another cup of tea.
- Shower time – 8:00 am (15 minutes)
- Get Ready – 20 minutes – Usually I am ready for breakfast around 8:40am
- Breakfast done and ready to leave for work (9:00 am).
- It is rare that I break this routine to add some additional task that I need to take care of.
You might want to try and create some sort of a time line of your own, similar to the above and see if it works for you.
The other approach is to increase the amount of time that you have at hand. This can be achieved only if you try and wake up a bit earlier than you usually do. And if you don’t happen to be an early morning person, here’s a link to a post that encourages you to become one along with useful tips.