really your alarm
ringing? Didn’t you just fall asleep?
And darn, where the heck is your book bag? Mornings—ugh! There’s nothing worse
than waking up and wishing you could pretend it was still Sunday.
Unfortunately, ya can’t turn back time. But you CAN transform your morning
routine. Here’s how.
#1: You hit the snooze button
Scientists have been harping on the fact that hitting the snooze button
for another few minutes of sleep leaves you less refreshed than you were the
first time you woke up. Instead, set your initial alarm for five minutes or ten
minutes later, and resist the urge to slap “snooze.”
#2: You haven’t finished your
Freaking out about those five problems you “forgot” to finish last
night is not how you want to spend your morning. And chances are worrying about
it subconsciously last night impaired your sleep. Get it all done before you
hit the hay—phew!
#3: Your closet is a mess
If you want to look great when you hit the halls and you don’t want to
spend forever searching for your best-fitting pair of jeans, there is one
simple solution: Spend five minutes (and that’s a max time) at night tidying up
your closet and dresser drawers. That way, you’ll be able to find everything
you want to wear in a snap. And it’ll be wrinkle-free.
#4: Your school stuff is
Forgetting your homework at home because it’s not in the first five
places you looked before running out the door is a dumb way to lose points.
Instead of dashing to and fro for textbooks and binders, do the smart thing and
put them right back into your backpack as soon as you’re finished with them.
#5: You hang out in the dark
Research tells us time and again that darkness depresses our nervous
system. It makes us sad and sleepy—so not ready to go out and tackle the day.
As soon as you wake up in the morning, flip on the light and open your blinds.
There! Isn’t that better?
#6: You aren’t being smart about
We get that you want to maximize snooze time—so do we. But if you’re
constantly struggling to get out the door in time to make the bus, you might
not be giving yourself adequate time in the a.m. to get everything done that
you need to do. Figure out how much you really need by writing out your
schedule. Estimate how much time you need to do the necessary things—and include
everything from taking a shower to blowing out your hair to picking an outfit
to grabbing breakfast to getting to the bus stop. Add another ten minutes to
that total. If you just can’t get up early enough to accommodate your list,
then consider doing some things the night before.
What’s your toughest morning
problem? Tell us in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 1/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN makeover your morning routine, get your act together guide