5 Habits To Make Your Morning Run Smoother

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Mornings can be tough to manage for everyone, especially if you've got to get both yourself and others, such as your kids, up and out the door. But these five habits will help make your morning run smoother, and you know when your morning runs smoothly the rest of your day seems to be so much better as well. I've already shared the  7 things you should do the night before for a great tomorrow, but without these additional steps in place in the morning the full puzzle isn't complete.  So combine all of these habits together for more consistently great days.
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Get Up When Your Alarm Goes Off

This habit, getting up when the alarm goes off, is the one I personally baulked at for the longest time. After all I've been, for most of my life, a very good friend of the snooze button. But that kind of sleep is interrupted sleep, so it isn't really very restful. Plus, hitting snooze repeatedly sets us up to have to rush around because we don't have adequate time allotted to get everything done. So really, this habit I've found is really key to making sure your morning runs smoothly.
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Don't Check Email Or Social Media

Another thing that sucks up your time, just like the snooze button, is checking Facebook, or your email, or whatever, for "just a second" in the morning. The second often ends up lasting much longer and then making us run behind. 

I love social media and I get a ton of emails each day, so I know how tempting it is to make sure you're not missing out on anything. But it will be there in a little while too, so wait until you and everyone else in the family is up and about, and ready and out the door before you check it. That way you are focused on what you need to do in the morning before you get distracted by something else.

Follow A Morning Chore List

There are consistently things that need to get done in the morning, almost every morning, to keep your home and life running smoothly, day in and day out. Most of these things are simple and follow a pattern, like start a load of washing, empty the dishwasher (that you ran the night before), feed your pets, etc. Make a simple and doable list of these types of things that need to get done in the morning in and around your home and then follow your list daily. As you do the things on the list daily they start to become a habit and routine, which makes it easier for them to get done. 

In addition, this morning chore list doesn't have to be just chores you personally do. You can assign others in your home tasks as well! A central chore list using a simple calendar, chalkboard or  dry wipe board can make it much easier for your kids to get up and do what is needed without direct instructions.  Keep the chore list updated, but try to stick to a basic schedule so the kids get into the habit and it doesn't cause any frustrations early in the morning.  Things like making beds, feeding pets, putting breakfast dishes away and making sure lights are turned off in the bedrooms and bathrooms are all easy things to add to this chore list. 
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Create A Checklist & Reminders For By The Door

There is nothing like walking out the door and realising a mile from home you forgot an important item.  This is especially likely to happen when there are special events that don't happen regularly, and so you don't have as part of your normal routine, like it being your day to bring after the match snacks for your kids' football team, for example. You can create a checklist for items someone consistently forgets to bring with them, like glasses or their PE kit, or you can put up little notes close to the door for special occasion types of items. Make it a habit to look for these types of reminders each day as you leave the house and you'll save yourself a lot of time in not having to turn around to get something you've forgotten.
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Give Yourself A 10-15 Minute Cushion For Getting Out The Door

One of the main reasons you may feel like, right now, your mornings aren't running as smoothly is that you're rushed. All the habits listed above are designed to help you stop the rushing, so you have enough time to get done what you must get done. But sometimes slowdowns are unavoidable. But you can also plan for them ahead of time by giving yourself an additional 10-15 of a cushion for getting yourself and everyone else out the door in the morning. If you plan to be completely ready 15 minutes before you really need to be it won't be a big deal if something slows you down for an extra 5 minutes. If you didn't hit any snags that day, even better! Now you have 10-15 minutes to sit, relax, and sip a cup of coffee or tea before the craziness of the day really begins. 

These 5 habits will make your morning run smoother and are simple to implement, but make a huge difference. They create a better morning routine that has fewer hiccups and thus gives you a much more productive and easy day.  

Do you have any more habits you do each morning that I've missed? I'd love to hear what you do below, in the comments.  

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