For as long as I can remember, my family has struggled with getting out the door on time. If we decide to go to the park at 12, we’ll end up leaving at 1:30. Going out for dinner at 6? Yeah right. I know I won’t be eating until 7:30. While this tendency is mildly irritating when it comes to day trips or dinner plans, the place where it’s really an issue is school.
Surprisingly, I’m rarely late to school, but most days I do sprint through the doors at the last possible second. Not a great start to the day. This year, in search of a more relaxed morning, I tried to identify what tends to make me late and see what I could do to solve those issues.
I realized the main reason I was always late was that I didn’t have a schedule to keep me focused and on track. I get distracted ridiculously easily, and I often find myself needing to leave for school in 10 minutes with no idea where all the time went.
If any of this sounds even a little familiar, you should definitely try this plan. I’ve been using it for the past week, and I swear it has been world-changing. Instead of beginning my days with a mad rush out the door, my morning routine sets a productive, relaxed, and organized tone for the day.
My Morning Routine
6:00 wake up, put on workout gear (or sleep in athletic shorts + t-shirt for a crazy efficient morning)
6:00 – 6:30 your favorite half hour workout! I suggest this one or a Nike Training Club workout. I like working out in the mornings because that’s when I have the most time and energy, but if it’s not for you I’d suggest using the extra time to catch up/get a head start on work for the day or one of those personal projects you never have time for (like blogging!).
6:30 – 6:45 Rinse off, brush teeth, wash face
6:45 – 7:00 Hair and makeup – Honestly, I’m so clueless here, but I’m on a mission to learn as much as possible and I’ll be sure to report back with my findings soon.
7:00 – 7:15 Get dressed – looking your best in 15 minutes may seem like quite a challenge, but I’ll be posting my favorite style strategies this week, so stay tuned!
7:15 Did you think I forgot about breakfast? No way. It is an essential part of my day, so I’d definitely recommend taking an easy grab and go option for the road. Some of my favorite easy breakfasts are smoothies, overnight oats (my favorite recipe!), and avocado toast.
I have to be out the door by 7:15 every day, and the times I include reflect that. However, I think this plan could suit anyone looking for a low maintenance morning routine. I would simply adjust for your needs by waking up an hour and 15 minutes before you need to be out the door.
If you try this, let me know how it goes on Instagram (@16goingon60) using #16kicksbutt