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10 From GEM: 10 Tips To Beat The Morning Rush

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10 From GEM:
10 Tips To Beat The Morning Rush

If you have to get a household up and moving on weekday mornings, you are engaged in an act of lunacy that is totally appropriate to wish on your worst enemy. Mornings are not for the faint of heart, but they may leave you feeling that way. You’re trying to wake up and get yourself and everybody else out the door in a very short period of time, which, as it turns out, is the perfect time for power struggles and personality differences to play themselves out. If you’re ready to stop the madness, we’ve got 10 ways to help you give your weekday mornings a smack down.

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1. START THE WEEK ON SUNDAY NIGHT 

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Creative Commons/signora aurora

After dinner on Sunday night is the best time to take it easy. It’s also the best time to review your entire week, not just the one day that’s looming ahead of you. So before you indulge in that hour-long bubble bath, make a mental (or physical) note of upcoming special circumstances such as piano lessons that moved from Tuesday to Wednesday or your monthly book club meeting on Friday. This helps prevent small fires that erupt when schedule changes are remembered at the last minute.

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2. PACK THE NIGHT BEFORE

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Creative Commons/TheKarenD

Any bags that you or the kids need to leave the house with in the morning must be packed the night before. That includes book bags, gym bags, purses, briefcases, and lunch bags. While you’re cooking dinner is the perfect time to pack lunches since you’re already in the kitchen. If you know you’re going to the health club at some point during the day, pack your gym bag and leave it by the door. Better yet, put it in your car. Need to change purses? Thursday morning is not the time to do it. Unless you like rushing and forgetting things.

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3. STOCK YOUR CAR

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Creative Commons/Juggling Frogs (clkl)

You probably already do this anyway, but leave extra things in your car that are commonly forgotten by you or your kids. Have granola bars and a juice box for the person who has no time to eat. Leave a travel mug in your car for your morning coffee if you can’t brew your own. If your daughter forgets her soccer cleats, toss an old pair in the trunk.

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4. LAY OUT CLOTHES AT NIGHT

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Creative Commons/laura.cattano

I know what you’re thinking: ho hum, everybody knows this. Knowing and doing are two different things, my friend. If you want your mornings to run like clockwork, this is the single best way to make it happen. Yes, it’s easier to think about the slacks and blouse you want to wear while you wash dishes on Monday night, but you forgot they were at the cleaners. Now it’s Tuesday morning and you’re sniffing your way through dirty laundry to find something that isn’t capable of getting to your job on it’s own. Picking out everything you want to wear before you go to bed—even down to your underwear—prevents this disaster. Use threats incentives to get your kids on board with this habit.

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5. CREATE A SYSTEM

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Creative Commons/short stack studio

Systems are routines that your family just knows to do. Okay, some training may be involved, but it’s worth it. You might have hooks, baskets, and drawers in a common area where kids know to store certain things. Maybe you have a bulletin board with to-do lists for everybody. Perhaps part of your system is to wake up 15 minutes before your family gets up in order to get something done. Your household systems don’t need to be fancy or super-organized, they just need to work efficiently.

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6. TIME YOURSELF

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Creative Commons/Brad Turville

Maybe you’re spending way too much time on a task. You might be surprised to discover that you take 30 minutes in the bathroom when you thought it was more like 20. The best way to find out is to time yourself, then decide what you can streamline. Perhaps you need to eliminate your seven-minute Beyonce impression or stop using the shower as the place to do all your best daydreaming.

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7. HAVE A MORNING MEDIA BAN 

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Creative Commons/craig1black

As entertaining and useful as computers, cell phones, and televisions can be, they’re also a major distraction that will slow you down. Who among us hasn’t fooled ourselves with the I’m-only-going-to-check-one-more-thing line of thinking? Try not to use any of the aforementioned items when you’re preparing for work and school. Ban the kids’ use of them, too. They’ll complain (quite loudly, I might add), but you’re the boss.

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8. ASSIGN TASKS

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Creative Commons/Behind Kelley’sLens

No doubt you have a large red S painted on your chest. Still, even Superwoman shouldn’t have to do everything. Give jobs and tasks to each member of your family. If you like the breakfast dishes to be washed before the family leaves, delegate it. Trash need to be pulled to the curb? Delegate that, too. Do what works for your family. Assignments can rotate on a daily basis or be based on whoever was unlucky enough to be standing by the door when you realized that the dog needed to make a trip outside.

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9. DON’T HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON

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Creative Commons/Abou Abed

Why bother hitting the “snooze” button three times? How restful can your sleep be if it’s interrupted every nine minutes? Stop delaying the inevitable. If you set the alarm for 6:00, but don’t get up until 6:27, try actually getting up at 6:00. That’s 30 minutes you can use to get ready and have a more relaxed morning.

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10. HAVE A QUICK BREAKFAST

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Creative Commons/Nikki L.

Save the culinary masterpieces for the weekend and have breakfasts that don’t require too much of your time or attention. Good choices are fruit, smoothies, yogurt, granola bars, instant oatmeal, cereal, or anything you can pop in a toaster. Scrambled eggs are a good option if you need a little protein to start your day (better yet boil and peel a couple the night before and poof! you just saved yourself a few precious, morning minutes).

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How about you? What are your tips and tricks for getting out of the house in one piece and with all your marbles?

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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a stay at home mom and writer who loves all things chocolate. Read more about Alexis on her blog lilliebelle.org, email her at alexistrasswalker@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter @LillieBelle5.

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