Are your mornings always a mad scramble to get ready for work or school? The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tried and tested ways to make your morning routine less of a hassle.
1. Prepare the night before.
The success of your morning routine depends on whether you take the time to prepare the night before. This habit ensures that your mornings are less harried, allowing you to set the right tone for the rest of your day.
The night before, you should make time to do the following: wash your prosthetic liner, sleeve, and any other important supplies; pack your bag; lay out your clothes; and write your to-do list.
2. Fill the coffee maker.
Nothing sets the proper tone for the day than freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning. Before you go to bed, empty the old grounds and clean the carafe. Then fill the machine with fresh grounds and replenish the water reservoir.
If you have leftover coffee, don’t let it go to waste; pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it. You can use these coffee cubes to add more flavor to future iced coffees and smoothies.
3. Spend less time in the bathroom.
If you can shower the night before, do it. You save precious time in the morning by getting that out of the way. But if you’re the type of person who needs a morning shower to wake up and feel human, then make it your mission to spend less time in the bathroom. Time yourself and aim to beat your record.
For arm amputees, a one-handed pocketdresser may prove handy. This all-in-one dressing aid contains four tools that make pulling a zipper, undoing shoe laces, and looping a button easy.
4. Check traffic conditions before leaving.
Nothing is more annoying than leaving the house on time but still arriving at your appointment late because you didn’t anticipate the heavy traffic. Download Google Maps (free for Android and iOS) and make sure to set up the address for your most common destinations, like Work and Home. This way, checking the traffic is only a few taps away.
5. Make a “go tray”.
Keeping yourself organized in the morning is as easy as designating a spot for all your essentials—keys, umbrella, bag, and phone. You can then easily grab everything you need before you head out the door.
6. Designate a day for your weekly meal prep.
Preparing food eats up so much time in the morning. To make sure that you’re out the door on time every day for the coming week, allot some time for a weekly meal prep. For most people, this usually happens every Sunday. Prepare your breakfast, lunch, and even dinner by cooking a large amount of food and then storing it in different containers. Some freeze-friendly food you can try include pasta and soup. But if you like to take your breakfast on the go, smoothies are a great and healthy option. Just prepare the ingredients and blender the night before.
With these tips, you’ll see that mornings don’t have to be chaotic. All you need to do is plan and prepare for it. What's your morning routine.