Get Up and At’em in the Morning

Morning Routine

Learn how long it really takes to do routine tasks and chores, such as getting ready to leave the house in the morning. This will help you manage your time and stay on schedule. If you assume it takes you 45 minutes to get ready, but in reality it takes you and hour, you will always be running 15 minutes late.

Time yourself;  from how long after you wake up, you like to lie in bed and gather your thoughts, have a reasonable shower, wash and dry your hair, take out the trash, feed the dog, wake the kids, make lunch, make breakfast, make the bed and so on, your busiest of days.  The next time your alarm goes off you can consider which of the tasks you don’t need to do that morning and bargain with yourself; extra time in bed, post to your blog or read the newspaper.  Even arriving early to the office and starting your day quietly is a treat!

If you simply have too much to do, consider what can be done the night before.  Choose your outfit, pack your work bag, make your lunch, set up for breakfast, pack the kids backpacks and place with their shoes, tidy the living room, empty the dishwasher etc.  15 minutes spent in preparation the night before will make a huge difference to your morning.

Still having a problem getting up or your teens do?

Set four separate alarms on your smartphone – turn off snooze and turn the volume to the highest setting.  Play around with the alarm labels and sounds.  If you are still having trouble try putting the phone in an empty mug, as it amplifies the sound!

1st Time: 7 am

Label:  “Good Morning Beautiful, time to wake up”
Sound: Something easy on the ears such as Chimes or Slow Rise

2nd Time 7.15 am

Label: “Get up now if you want a shower & breakfast”
Sound: Still gentle, try Ripples or Waves

3rd Time 7.30 am

Label: “No time for breakfast!”
Sound: Attention getting from the Classic menu like Old phone

Final Time: 7.45 am

Label: “Only time for a lick and a promise now, GET UP!”
Sound: Something annoying from the Classic menu,  Bell Tower
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