10 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine

Make sure you get the most of every single day.

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1. If you wake up before your alarm goes off, get out of bed

Giving up those extra few minutes of rest when you realize you’ve awoken before your alarm may be the hardest thing you do all morning. But if you’re tempted to go back to sleep, don’t. You’ll fall into a deeper sleep cycle, and make it harder for you to get up later.

2. Try an ‘inverted snooze’

The trouble with snoozing is that one is never enough. It may sound like a new age yoga proposition, but the theory suggests that pressing snooze can be good for you—if you get out of bed. After you hit the button, you have to stay out of bed for the next five minutes, rather than in it. Use that five minutes to make your bed, listen to music or meditate instead. When your alarm rings for the second time, you’ll be moving and ready, rather than inclined to press that button a few more times.

3. Put your alarm on the other side of room

Sometimes you need a little tough love. Set that blaring alarm to eardrum-piercing volumes and keep it at the other side of the room, so you’ll need to get up and walk towards it to turn it off. Look at that, you’re up!

4. Time the length of your morning routine

Do you know exactly how many minutes it takes you to get ready every morning? Probably not. You only have a rough idea, and that’s why you’re always late. One day, get out a timer and find out your average time, from the alarm-sounding to the door-slamming. From here on out, you’ll be able to budget your time more accurately.

5. Get out of bed and exercise

Exercising in the morning will give you a solid sense of accomplishment, sure, but it’ll also jump-start your metabolism and make you feel more energetic all day.

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6. Leave your keys on top of the things you most often forget

If you packed a lunch the night before but can’t ever seem to remember it, stash your keys on top of it, even if it’s in the fridge. That way, you can’t walk out the door without grabbing it. Ditto for a gym bag, backpack, dry cleaning, or whatever else usually slips your mind and thwarts your daily productivity.

7. Set your coffee maker the night before

Take back those precious minutes you waste waiting for coffee to brew. Many coffee makers have preset functions so you can have your joe warming up the minute your alarm goes off. If you’re craving tea instead, don’t add grounds, and have instant hot water at the ready.

8. Chug a liter of water

Your body needs hydration to maximize productivity throughout the day, so start early and reap the benefits. You’ll especially want that H20 10-15 minutes before a workout to get the most out of it.

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9. Catch up on emails while doing push-ups

Short on time but don’t want to sacrifice that morning burn? Good, you’re a champion among men. Put your tablet on the floor below your face and read any pressing emails while you’re mid-push-up. Or ask Siri to read them to you while you’re doing other workouts.

10. Keep emergency breakfasts at work if you’re late

You need energy in your mornings to function without crashing, but sometimes we just don’t have the luxury to enjoy a wholesome breakfast at home. So stash some instant oatmeal or protein bars at your desk, and it’ll make going over those morning emails more bearable once you get into the office.

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This article originally published on Supercompressor.

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