The Morning Rush Hour – and getting the kids to school on time.
When I am talking about the morning rush hour I am really talking about getting yourself to wherever you want to be on time, without you or any of those around you losing their rag.
Now I know there are some people who love mornings. They are up bright and early, have done their chores, made breakfast and are fully made up and raring to go by the time the kids get up.
Sadly for many of us this may be what we aspire to, but despite repeated night- time resolutions it never quite seems to happen.
So here are a few tips to help make you more efficient in the mornings.
Recognise it. If your mornings are stressful or you are always running late you need to make changes.
- Get up earlier or leave the house earlier.
- Ask yourself is the problem that you get up too late or you try to do too much in the mornings.
- Of course it maybe the children that are the problem. They won’t get out of bed, take too long to get dressed or can not find their shoes etc.
Analyse the problem, grab a note book and write down the issues that can make mornings so stressful. List everything you need to do before you leave the house. Include showers, makeup. In fact every single thing you can think of. Put timings next to your list and then work out what time you should be getting up.
You might also decide to ask yourself what you can do the night before to make mornings easier.
What don’t you need to do and what can you delegate to someone else to do.
And if the problem or dare I say excuse is that you are completely whacked, then you may also need to look at what and how much you are doing each evening.
Brain storming the problem generally proves very interesting and enlightening as it highlights in a logical methodical way where the issues lie.
Be kind to yourself and plan your mornings
If you find you forget things in the morning because you are half asleep. Write a master morning list with timings against actions. For example 7:30 am have breakfast. 7:45 tidy kitchen and make packed lunches. Pin it up on the notice board and get everyone in your household to use this as a reference point as to what they should be doing – and have done by a certain time.
This will not only act as a prompt but if they are old enough to read the list will stop you having to prompt other members of your family all the time.
Making changes to your morning routine may also mean making changes to your evening routine four or five nights a week. It may not be easy at first, but developing a routine, if you stick to it will eventually become a habit. Then you may even find that you are one of those annoying people who are up bright and early, have done their chores, made breakfast and are fully made up and raring to go by the time the kids get up.
If getting up early in the morning is difficult, instead of hitting the snooze button, get up, make yourself a drink and give yourself a few minutes quiet time to come round.