Winter has arrived again and I’m totally failing at mornings.

It really doesn’t make any sense. I got an extra hour’s sleep on Sunday yet somehow I woke up on Monday feeling shattered. 

This is a dangerous time of year for both my bank balance and my morning schedule. As the nights are drawing in earlier and earlier, I find myself getting progressively more sluggish in the mornings, which inevitably leads me to forget something crucial (like deodorant or underwear) and end up dashing home to sort myself out.

I’ve been crawling up a very sharp learning curve during this week, optimising my morning routine and ironing out all the kinks that have been tripping me up along the way.

Here are my top tips to smashing your mornings and starting your day right:

One alarm – no snoozing

There are so many people I know that rely on multiple alarms to get them out of the bed in the morning – it’s like an epidemic sweeping the country!

If you need as many as 3 or 4 separate alarms to get you out of bed, then there’s a chance you’re not getting enough sleep. Go to bed earlier, set one alarm and just get up. Snoozing in life gets you nowhere and will invariably just make you late.

Always leave time

When it comes to actually setting your alarm, you should always resist pushing yourself for time when you get up.

You’ll be able to ease way into the day much easier if you give yourself an extra 10 minutes or so. If you’re ready 5 or 10 minutes early then you can either get a head start on your commute or just sit down and take a breather.

Set a routine

One of the best ways of optimising your mornings is by setting a standard routine. By performing your morning activities in the same order every morning, you’ll be able to increase the speed and efficiency with which you achieve these tasks, making your mornings that much easier.

If you take lunch in make sure it’s ready to grab in the same place each day and you can even shave minutes by laying out your outfit the day before.

Skip breakfast and drink a coffee

My final recommendation is one that will no doubt inspire rancour and fury amongst Mums all across the country – but it’s one that has really helped me improve my focus and energy levels. By skipping breakfast in the morning and replacing it with a strong cup of black coffee, I’ve found that I can work much more effectively, it’s also helped me lose a bit of weight.

Obviously, I’m not a dietitian, so you should take my advice with a pinch of salt. That being said, I’ve had a lot of friends rave about Bulletproof Coffee, which seems to be another good alternative!

How have your mornings been going post-daylight savings? Have you got any tips on optimising your mornings?

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