A solid morning routine can help you stay organized, relieve stress, and help you get a jump on the day’s work. However, if you aren’t a morning person, it can be tough to establish a morning routine. Here are some time-saving tips that can help you smooth out your mornings, no matter how much of a night-owl you are.

1. Use technology. If it’s tough to get going in the morning, buy programmable appliances. For example, many coffee makers can be pre-set to brew at a certain time. For breakfast, a slow cooker or an Instapot can be set the night before so you can wake up to a hot breakfast. 

2. Do some morning prep the night before. If mornings are a rush, lay out your clothing, pre-pack your briefcase, and make lunch before bed. 

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3. Or, use weekends for prep. If weeknights are too busy, try spending a couple of hours on Sunday getting organized for the week. Look online for recipes that make enough for a week’s lunches, stock up on with breakfast food, and do your laundry so your work clothes are fresh and ready to go. 

4. Give your children responsibility. Even pre-school kids can gather an apple and some carrots for their lunch or pick out tomorrow’s t-shirt before they go to sleep. As they get older, they can take on other chores, such as putting oatmeal in the slow cooker for the family breakfast. 

5. Aim for seven or eight hours of sleep. Perhaps the best way to save time in your morning routine is to make sure you get to bed on time the night before. Virtually all adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night. If you are getting less, mornings will feel rushed and stressful because you are tired rather than because there’s actually no time. After a good night’s sleep, you’ll find your morning routine goes much more smoothly. 

Next time, be sure to tune in as we look at why routines are helpful for people with ADHD.