If your mornings seems to get away from you, it's time to take stock in where the time is going and make sure the routine you have is a realistic one. Photo by wanfauzan.
Over at the organisation blog Unclutterer, they highlight the plight of a friend who is never on time. We all have that friend and sometimes even are that friend. I know I have a good friend who despite getting up nearly three hours before she needs to be at work is perpetually late because she underestimates how long it will take her to do things. The first step in streamlining your morning routine is just keeping track of where the time is currently going:
Keep a log of how you spend your time from the point you wake up until you arrive at work. Keep this log for two or three weeks so that you get an accurate view of your typical morning. How long does it take to shower? Choose your clothes? Hunt for items you need to drop at the dry cleaners, post office, or child's school? What throws you off track?
Once you have an accurate picture of where the time goes you might be surprised. Maybe you tell yourself the commute only takes 30 minutes, but 30 minutes is the all green lights and no traffic optimum time, not the realistic time. Maybe your 10 minute shower is really 25 minutes of trying to wake up in the steamy bathroom.
When you have a solid idea of where the time is going you can begin to assess the situation and decide what things need tweaking, how much earlier you need to leave for work, and so on. For ideas on how to get from charting your time to spending it wisely, check out the rest of the article at the link below. If you've taken notes on your own routines let's hear about the results in the comments below.
Streamlining your morning routine [Unclutterer]