I love to share my thoughts, experiences, challenges and goals. What I also love to do is not only to read other perspectives but to feature them on my blog. Today, Chloe is going to share with you her amazing morning routines that will help you save your time and boost productivity.
Who wants to begin their day overwhelmed and stressed out? No one does. So enjoy the post.
Being a working parent is tough. Things can get so hectic that it might seem impossible to accomplish everything that you want. Leaving your home in the morning with your kids, and managing to do it calmly and on-time, can be a difficult task. Breakfast needs to be made and eaten, hair needs to be brushed, and a variety of little errands needs to be done. However, your morning routine doesn’t necessarily have to be hell. There is a variety of things that you can do in order to prepare yourself for each morning, and do the necessary tasks faster.
Take Care Of The Little Things The Night Before
It’s the best idea to take care of all the little things that you can the night before. Take half an hour after your children are in bed to make coffee, pick up all of their homework, charge the devices that you will be using, and anything else that you can do in advance. If your kids are old enough, you can have them do some of these tasks as their evening routine. The best solution is to work on this together so that you spend time together as a family as you prepare yourself for the upcoming day.
Make Picking Outfits Part Of The Evening Routine
Deciding what to wear in the morning tends to take a lot of time both for you and your children. There are two solutions for this problem. You can take some time on Sunday to pick an outfit for every day of the week and hang it in the closet in an order. You need to pair together all the pieces of clothing, meaning pants, tops, socks, underwear, sweaters, and accessories. Planning the outfits for the week can make things much easier for you and your kids.
If the weather changes often where you live, or this just seems like too much for you, you can simply help your kids choose the whole outfit the night before, and leave it at a prominent location so that they can change easily in the morning. Make sure that you prepare your own outfit too.
Stock Your Car
It’s a good idea to make sure that your car is stocked with essential things at all times. This includes water bottles, snacks, some plastic bags, a towel, hats and mittens if it is wintertime, and sunscreen during the hot summer days. This way you won’t ever have to worry about checking whether you’ve got everything, or making unnecessary stops during the way.
Have One Spot For Jackets, Shoes, And Backpacks!
Make space in your home for a place where everyone’s jackets, shoes, and backpacks will be located. When something is always in the same place, it’s easy to find, and you will make sure that it doesn’t get lost. This is particularly useful for school mornings when everything is hectic, and you can’t find the right items if they are scattered across your home. When there is a single spot for these items, your kids can simply get them when they are leaving for school, and drop them there when they come back. Your kids will also develop the habit of leaving their finished homework in their backpacks so that it doesn’t get misplaced.
Know Your Morning Routine
Getting your beauty routine done in the morning and preparing your kids as well tends to take away a lot of time.
You should know what items you need, and which you can put aside. The ideal beauty routine should take about 5 minutes. If you’re in a rush, applying a moisturized with SPF is a great solution for your skin.
When it comes to your kids, it is very important that they wash their teeth in the evening and in the morning.
Sending your kids to regular dental check-ups is of an essence, and can significantly decrease the length of the whole bathroom routine.
Shower At Night
While it is a fact that you may be really tired at the end of the day, it will do you a lot of good if you shower before you go to bed. It’s much better than trying to do it along with all the other things that need to be done in the morning. What is the best result of this? Your showers will be a lot more relaxing and refreshing when done at night in peace, instead of in the morning when your kids are banging on your door because they need something.
Morning routines tend to be a real mess when you’re a working parent. There is a lot of things that need to be done, and ever so little time.
However, if you introduce these hacks into your morning routine, you can make things a lot easier for yourself and your kids.
What are your morning routines and great hacks that help you daily?
Will you be trying out some of the routines you learned about today?
Share them with us in the comments section below.
Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.
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