Think forward planning. It really is just a habit – and the five minutes you spend writing lists or getting organised for tomorrow can save heaps of time and loads of stress.
Don’t procrastinate! Don’t wait until you are falling asleep tonight to plan tomorrow morning.
Cheat and do as much as you can the evening before.
It may not be entirely full proof solution, but should help mornings be a little less stressful.
Think about what are tomorrows plans? Where are you going? Is there anything you need to remember?
• Have you got cash for a car park/train/ bus
• Is there petrol in the car
• Lay out your clothes for the next morning
• Do you know where the house keys / car keys are(my own nemesis)
• Get the kids to pack their bags, and lay out their clothes and shoes for the next morning. Make it a game and part of the kids bed time routine.
• Bath kids in the evening
• Wash, dry and style your own hair the night before. It will probably still need styling but certainly should not take so long.
• Lay out breakfast things.
• Make packed lunch/ ensure everyone has lunch money.
• Repack baby bag.
• Handbag – with make up /book/ ipod etc if commuting by train.
• Worried about getting baby sick/ work clothes dirty – pop an old dressing. gown on over your work clothes. Not very glam – but will save last-minute accidents scuppering your plans.
• Have a back up plan if children are sick
If you are still struggling with time keeping ask yourself
• What can you do differently
• What are the flash points.
• Get buy-in from the family by organising a family meeting
And try some of these time management tricks.
Adopt a tight and consistent schedule. Routines will soon become second nature and you will do them without a second thought.
• Have a clock in every room.
• Set the clocks a few minutes fast.
• In your diary mark your appointments a few minutes early
• Set your kitchen timer for 15 minute intervals to keep you on schedule.
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