Mornings can be hectic, especially with back-to-school season upon us. If you feel like you’re constantly racing against the clock in the AM, a few time-saving tricks can help bring your mornings from rushed to refreshing—and set the tone for a successful, positive day.
1. Start the Night Before
Since the blue light of phones, laptops and electronics can affect our sleep, many recommend avoiding screen time 30-60 minutes before heading to bed. Use this time to prepare for the next day. Whether you pack the kids’ lunch, set the table for breakfast or simply pick out your outfit, these small actions can help save precious morning minutes and set the stage for a more productive morning.
2. Establish Set Locations for Belongings
It never fails. You’re already running late, reach into your bag for your keys and…can’t find them. Enter the 10-minute frantic search. Establishing a set location for items you use daily like shoes, keys, bag, backpacks and coats can streamline the process of getting ready and free up extra time each morning.
It seems simple, but taking the time for a quick stretch in the morning gives your mind and body a chance to warm up. Stretching can help increase blood flow, combat feelings of tiredness, and create some quiet, built-in “me” time—making you energized, efficient, and ready to take on the day.
4. Make Breakfast Quick & Nutritious
To save time making breakfast, focus on foods that are nutritious, filling and easy to make, like overnight oats, Greek yogurt with granola, toast topped with peanut butter and fruit, or smoothies. Instead of chugging your morning coffee while running out the door, try this fast and tasty smoothie recipe that’s perfect for those on-the-go!
QUICK COFFEE SMOOTHIE
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- ½ tsp. cacao powder
- ½ cup Community® Cold Brew or chilled Community® coffee
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!