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Tips for getting up and out the door quickly and on time in the morning (or whenever you get out the door).


[edit] Get Moving

Honor thy circadian rhythms. If your wake/sleep schedule doesn't coincide with mother nature's, trick your internal clock with artificial lighting as many ways as you can. If you know you're going to go to bed at two in the morning, start dimming the lights in your house around 12:30.When I wake up at o'dark thirty, I look at a light bulb (for brightness) with my eyes shut (to avoid retinal damage). It's like a cup of coffee.Yesno

  • Buy a 1000 Watt Halogen - you will not feel tired till you turn it off! No more winter Blues either. - Xponentially brighter than 2 500 Watt ones, the light levels are like a very sunny day - Caffeine free stimulation. Mount it away from flammable things tho' it gets hot.

Get your motor running. If you really need to get your motor running in the AM, after your nice warm shower, make your water as cold as it gets and see how long you can take it. Just be careful that your heart doesn't explode.Yesno

  • The hot then cold shower is also really good after exercising to relax your muscles and then refresh you. --Fenris23 15:14, 28 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Multiple switches between hot-then-cold showers work well at preventing a hangover. Just jump in after a night of heavy imbibing (being careful not to slip and crack a skull) and stand under the water with really hot water for 2 minutes, then under the cold for 2 minutes. I usually do this 4 or 5 times and feel golden in the morning. Thanks, college! --Matt 22:06, 3 Jul 2005 (EDT)

Brush your teeth in the Shower. Bring toothpaste and a toothbrush into the shower with you. It saves a lot of time, and makes sure you don't forget if you're really unmovitated to brush your teeth like I am. --Dean Andrew

  • You should never use appliances like an electric or battery operated toothbush in the shower unless it's waterproof. If you use such a device, do not brush your teeth in the shower. --Marc
    • Wouldn't an electric toothbrush with enough current to kill and that wasn't waterproof be a class-action lawsuit waiting to happen? Like you've never dropped something into a full sink. We're not talking about hair dryer current here. 2 AA batteries does not an electrocution make. --BillSmargiassi 03:30, 13 Oct 2005 (EDT)
  • Note that brushing your teeth in the shower will waste significantly more water than if you did it at the sink. Tens of litres probably. Not a very ecologically or financially friendly hack. AleatoricConsonance 04:45, 24 December 2005 (EST)
    • Not if you're in the shower anyway. Brush your teeth while you're rinsing you're hair.

[edit] Wardrobe Planning

Wardrobe planning. A little obvious, but still useful: If you find yourself late to work/school/appointments/whatever in the morning, you can save a lot of time by picking out your clothes for the day the night before. Playing Hamlet in the closet saps a lot of time when you're already running late. -- Skadus, 04-08-2005 10:33 CST

  • Planning what you'll wear the next day is really useful if you're going to be out late but still have to be on time for work the next day. Remember the saying, "90% of Life is showing up"? Well, 90% of showing up is knowing what you're going to wear. --Klpage 11:58, 14 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • I don't plan my wardrobe ahead of time, but I do have a small whiteboard in my bathroom and every day I make a note of what I chose to wear. This way I avoid accidentally wearing the same thing to work twice in a week. --Kitty 11:54, 07 Oct 2005 EDT

[edit] Breakfast

Healthy breakfast, fast. Make up a pot of real oatmeal on Sunday evening, and put it in small tupperware containers for the week. Then you just grab one and go (either heat and eat on the spot, or bring to the office to heat & eat). You can store it seasoned (brown sugar, cinnamon, etc.) or you can season it differently every day.

[edit] Stuff Management

Pack your bags! I have a few things that I do fairly regularly (go to the pool, ride bikes, kids' ballet bag, etc.), so I keep a tote bag packed with all the stuff I/we need to do that thing. That way when I get ready to go, I don't have to remember where I left the sunscreen and water wings. I just grab the "big kahuna" bag from the hall closet and go. Of course, I always need to add extra things, but it keeps those little specialty items together, and really saves time. I've got a bazillion tote bags from various give-aways through the years, so this system is really working for me. --steph

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