Some folks are morning people – they literally rise and shine through the daily grind of eating breakfast, showering, dressing, prepping, and packing up for the day. But there are just as many households where the morning routine chugs along a little less smoothly.

If you find yourself hitting the snooze button a few too many times, or rushing around trying to squeeze everything in before heading out the door in the morning, there is hope! Making a plan and preparing a little bit the night before can take even night owls from zero to hero in the morning.

Here are some simple tips that can help make your morning routine as fast and streamlined as possible, whether you’re heading to school drop-off or to the office.

Set your alarm earlier than you need to

The easiest way to streamline your morning routine is to give yourself a little extra time to get ready. Setting your alarm even 10 minutes earlier than you need to can help give you that little buffer so that you’re not stressing out when an inevitable hiccup derails your routine. You can also set your clocks 10 minutes fast for the same effect – as a bonus, you’ll be early or on time for everything else! And if you just can’t help but hit that snooze button in the morning, build that time into your morning routine by setting the alarm a touch earlier.

Plan outfits and lay clothes out the night before

One of the biggest factors in streamlining your morning routine is to do as much as you can the night before. An area where many people can waste a lot of time is deciding what to wear. By planning your outfit – and laying it out – the night before, you can ensure your mornings go off without a hitch. Make your week even more streamlined by planning the entire week’s wardrobe on Sunday so there’s no sweating on Thursday morning. Don’t forget accessories!

Shower at night

Some people swear that a morning shower wakes them up in the morning, but you might find yourself lingering under the warm stream a little too long. By showering at night, you remove the wildcard timing of a too-good shower, and can simply get up and get on with your day.  

Use multi-tasking products

Products that can pull double duty, like a shampoo/body wash combo, tinted moisturizer, or lip/cheek stain can make getting ready in the morning a cinch.

Batch prep breakfasts and lunches

Another area where people can spend a lot of time in the morning is making breakfast and lunch for the day. Batch prepping recipes like overnight oats or egg muffins gives you a healthy grab-and-go breakfast option with less hassle. Same goes for lunches. Putting together a week’s worth of salad jars or even bento boxes takes just a little bit longer than making a single one, and you can eat all week without having to spend extra on eating out. If you have kids, getting in the habit of making their lunches the night before can save you time in the morning, or, better yet, have them pack their own lunches to free up even more of your time!

Pack bags the night before

Ensure that any school assignments and agendas are in your kid(s)’ backpacks before they go to bed, and place any important work papers in your briefcase or bag so that you’re not rushing around looking for them when you wake up.

Use the timer function on your coffee maker

If you’re one of those people who laments having to make the coffee before you can have the coffee, dust off your coffee maker’s manual and see if there is a programmable feature. Set it to start brewing about 10 or 15 minutes before your alarm goes off, and enjoy waking up to the smell of a freshly brewed pot.

Make a to-do list

Lastly, making yourself a to-do list for the next day before you hit the pillow will not only ensure you don’t forget anything important, but it will help you sleep easier knowing that you’ve jotted down those can’t-forget tasks and aren’t likely to drop the ball on anything.


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