Hi everyone! How was your first week? Or your semester so far, if it started before Monday? As for me, it’s going well. I’m still working out the kinks of getting from class to class and finding time to eat, but that’s another story — I almost didn’t get out the door in time yesterday! I hit the panic button Wednesday night when I realized I had no idea how long it would take me to get from my new apartment to my first class, since it isn’t anywhere near the rest of my classes. Luckily, I gave myself a very conservative estimate of how long it would take to walk there, so when I was five minutes late leaving in the morning, I still got there with a comfortable amount of time before class started.
I’m sharing this because I know everyone runs late in the morning sometimes, whether it’s because they overslept, they hit snooze too many times, or they spent too long on social media in the morning (I’m guilty!). Luckily, I have a few time-saving tips up my sleeve that I’ve either figured out myself, read somewhere way back when or learned from my mom. Whether you’re off to school or off to work, I hope I can help save you some headache getting out the door in the morning — and maybe save you enough time to set your alarm a few minutes later!
Pack your bag the night before
When you’re in a hurry to leave in the morning, it can be tedious to spend extra time looking for everything you need, and you even risk forgetting things. This can be remedied by packing your bag in advance with everything you won’t need in the morning before you leave. This could be your planner, books, folders, notebooks, laptop, or anything else you need to bring to school or work. Think through which classes you have and what you need for each of them, then pack it — that way, it’s less you have to think about in the morning.
Plan your outfit the night before
If you’re like me, you could spend twenty minutes in front of your closet and still not know what to wear, especially when it’s early and you’re still half asleep. Do yourself a favor and lay out your outfit the night before. That way, you can just throw it on in the morning and move on with getting ready. Plus, you’ll probably look a whole lot better in an outfit planned you when you were more conscious and/or less pressured to get out the door.
Pre-make your breakfast
If you eat the same quick and easy breakfast every morning, like cereal or a bagel, that’s all fine and dandy. However, if you want the peace of mind of knowing you don’t have to choose something, want to know what you’re going to have will be filling and energizing, and/or want something you know will be healthy and have the nutrients you need, I recommend making something in advance. My personal favorite? Overnight oats!
If you’re not familiar with overnight oats, it’s essentially oatmeal that you assemble the night before and leave to soak overnight in the refrigerator. The basic recipe is half a cup of oats (not instant oatmeal) and half a cup of liquid. I also add chia seeds to mine, both because I like thicker oatmeal and for their nutritional value. Just put the ingredients in a mason jar, stir, and let sit in the fridge overnight. All you have to do in the morning is open it and dig in!
Any other ways you want to personalize it are entirely up to you. I make mine with chocolate almond milk and a sliced banana, which makes it taste like dessert for breakfast! If you need some ideas or inspiration, there are tons of ideas on Pinterest!
Pack your lunch the night before
Like planning your outfit, planning and packing your lunch ahead of time means one less thing to worry about in the morning. This will reduce the risk of forgetting something and having too little to eat. If your lunch doesn’t have any cold ingredients, you can go ahead and put it in your backpack. When it does, I just put my entire pre-packed lunch box in the fridge. Then, in the morning, I can just grab it and go.
Plan/look ahead at your schedule
This may not necessarily save you time getting out the door, but it’ll definitely save you some headache throughout the day. Even if you’re already familiar with your semester or work schedule, it’s good to plan out when you can eat lunch, what you’re doing in your breaks between your classes, and your to-do list for the day. This way, you can power through without having to stop and wonder what you should do next.
This is especially important the first week of the semester. Make sure you know where you’re going and when, and don’t forget to plan your route if it’s somewhere new. You may also want to take a picture of your schedule with your phone so you have it as a reference throughout the day.
The takeaway is basically that if it can be done the night before, do it the night before! No matter where you’re headed or what time you have to wake up, I hope you can use at least one of these tips to make your morning a little easier. How have your mornings and classes been going this semester? Let me know in the comments below!