Unless you’re one of those freakish early risers who naturally bounce out of bed at 6 am ready to take on the day, mornings are the absolute worst.
Organising packed lunches, waking up reluctant teenagers, hunting down stray school ties and homework, walking the dog – there’s just too much to do and nowhere near enough time to accomplish it all.
Normally, only a continuous supply of coffee and the knowledge that it’ll all be over in an hour pulls you through the manic weekday rush to get everyone out the house in time for school or work.
But despair no more, because we’re sharing three simple tactics for saving time and managing the customary chaos that’ll soon have your mornings running as smoothly as possible. Take a look.
#1: grooming shortcuts
Before you can get started with the palaver of getting your kids ready, you need to somehow squeeze in time to ditch the pyjamas and make yourself at least halfway presentable. Your hair is one of the easiest places to cut corners.
Wash and dry it the night before, then spend 20 minutes using a thick curling wand (we LOVE these products from Mark Hill) to create defined waves or ringlets. Apply a smidge of hairspray, sleep on it and come morning all you’ll need to do is run your fingers through it for a perfectly tousled bedhead look.
#2: leave yourself notes
Until that third cup of coffee kicks in, your morning brain is pretty much useless, and it’s easy to lose track of your to-do list as you run around in automatic mode.
Whether it’s a reminder to sign your daughter’s school trip permission form or a prompt to pick up a prescription on your way into the office, leave yourself notes detailing the most important jobs you absolutely cannot afford to overlook.
It’s a good organisational habit to get into and it means you won’t have to keep wasting your lunch break returning home to collect any forgotten items. Family-orientated weekly planner apps are a great way of staying on top of everything you’ve got going on if you’re not a fan of the written to-do list.
#3: quick-fix breakfasts
Let’s be real, pre-school sit-down breakfasts complete with platters of bacon and mountains of scrambled eggs don’t exist outside of sitcoms and cheesy made-for-TV films.
For the majority of us, on-the-go toast and cereal bars are the weekday special. It’s understandable, but not exactly a recipe for success – fail to get a proper energy boost first thing in the morning and you’ll struggle to stay awake until lunchtime.
You don’t need to waste an entire hour cooking up a Michelin starred feast to create a healthy, nutritious meal for your family. From pancakes to frittata, there are plenty of make-ahead breakfasts that’ll stay fresh in the fridge all week long.