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There are two types of people in this world, those who bounce out of bed at the sound of their alarm and those who press the snooze button approximately ten times before even attempting to get out bed.
In reality being the person who bounces out of bed every morning can be the hardest task of the day, we just long for those chilled peaceful mornings where we can enjoy waking up and preparing for your day (the highlight of my week).
So why can’t we have that every morning? There’s no reason why not. With a few simple changes and tricks added to your morning schedule, you can wake up and adjust peacefully to the day ahead whether you’re a parent, student or worker.
On an average morning we spend most of our time in the bathroom, whether that’s washing, in the shower, brushing our teeth, doing makeup, or let’s face it, on the toilet. Before we dive into our routine its important that bathrooms are clean and tidy. You want a space that is fresh, light and tidy. It’s like that saying “a clean room is a clean mind”. So our first unofficial pointer is to make sure that you have a clean and tidy space before your day even begins.
Before we even spend unnecessary amounts of time in the bathroom, we first have to get there. So to make sure we get there as promptly as possible make sure you set the alarm and place it away from your bed. This will make sure that you have to get up and out of bed to switch it off (and switch on the light on to keep you up), then you’re ready to go.
And if you’re thinking you can sleep through the sound of your alarm without getting out of bed, I assure you, you’re wrong.
Once you’re up and you’ve switched your alarm off the hardest part is over, now onto the more relaxing part of your morning.
It’s so easy to get lost in a time warp in the bathroom, in a sleepy state it’s easy to lose track of time and realise you’ve spent more 20 minutes in the shower.
So to manage this, it’s helpful to set timers to control the time you spend on daily tasks. This will maximise your productivity and give you more time to relax for the rest of your morning.
When I first heard of this hack, I wasn’t entirely convinced, timing yourself? Setting more alarms? Surely that will add more stress to what should be a calming morning bathroom routine. So if this sounds unappealing don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Instead of timing, why not try a cold power shower towards the end of your shower. Having a quick cold blast is a great way to wake you up and get you feeling energised and ready for the day ahead while minimising your shower time (because let’s face it you’re not going to want to spend too long under a freezing cold downpour).
Using these techniques will increase your productivity and give you more time to do things like enjoying a nice breakfast or taking some time to read before you rush off to work or school.
Don’t wait until after breakfast or once you’ve gotten dressed!
One of the most essential and maybe an underrated element of a morning routine is brushing your teeth. Doing this first thing in the morning helps you feel refreshed and awake, just like making the bed. Once you’ve done it, you already feel accomplished, and you’ll be in a great mindset to start your day.
And one more top tip: This is one activity where you can and should take your time. No need for a quick job, get in there and brush for 1-2 minutes, brush the sleep away and get ready for the day ahead.
Let’s not misunderstand each other there is no secret trick to looking fabulous in the morning. It’s so easy to get lost in a time warp when you’re getting ready. Maybe your hair just isn’t sitting right, you forgot to shave, or somehow you’ve ended up spending 40 minutes on your make up.
This is where time management comes into play, scheduling and allowing time to spend on getting yourself prepped and ready for your day is an essential part of a morning bathroom routine. We often find ourselves rushing this section of our morning (and nothing seems to go right), but by setting aside time to get ready and we are actually promoting self-care, and then enjoying the process becomes enjoyable.
So now that you have some tips and pointers for your morning routine checklist, how can you make sure you stick to it?
Again I wish there were some magic switch that we could press to activate somehow being a morning thriver, but what it comes down to is consistency and will power (cliche I know). But to help along the way, I found that putting my bathroom routine into a checklist is what kept my routine on schedule (plus the satisfaction of ticking off your completed tasks) it sets you up right for the day ahead.
Stick to your bathroom door or keep it next to your bed, or even take some tips from our checklist and create your personalised list for your ideal morning.