Getting out the door on time doesn’t have to be so hard!
Do you have trouble getting to school on time? Do you hit the snooze button too many times and end up in a crazy rush every morning? If you do, then it may be time to take control of your mornings. These tips will help you plan for a calmer, more relaxing start to your days.
Tip #1. Pretend school starts 15 minutes earlier than it does
If you set your whole schedule 15 minutes earlier than necessary, you will gain valuable time in the morning. Start by setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier. This extra time will be just the thing you need to get to school at the right time.
Tip #2. Choose your clothes the night before
Figure out what you want to wear and set it out the night before. This includes your shoes and outerwear too. This will save you from trying to make clothing decisions first thing in the morning, and will help avoid last-minute rushes, like when you realize you don’t have any clean socks!
Tip #3. Pack your backpack or bag the night before
Each night, take a look at your schedule for the next day. Depending on your classes, you might have a lot of different things you need to remember. You may have homework, textbooks, or special projects that you need to bring with you. Rather than scurrying around in the morning looking for lost homework, get it all organized the previous evening. This includes knowing where your keys, wallet, and cell phone are!
Tip #4. Agree on a schedule with your roommates/family members
If you live in a home where you share a bathroom and kitchen with others, be sure to communicate your schedules to one another. Waiting in line for the shower can be frustrating when time is ticking away. Instead, agree on a schedule that works for everyone.
Tip #5. Pack your lunch the night before
Do you bring your lunch to school with you? If so, prepare as much as you can the night before so that you don’t spend your morning spreading peanut butter and jelly. Bringing your lunch is more economical than buying lunch every day, so taking the time to prepare it at night will be worth the effort.
We hope these suggestions help you have a more orderly morning. Getting the morning started in a calmer way can lead to a more productive day ahead.
For more tips on organizing the rest of your day, try 5 Tips to Get Organized: For Students Only. In the busy lives of today’s students, organization is one of your best strategies to stay on top of your schoolwork and enjoy your school experience.
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