A better morning routine can put you on the right path

11634788_MMornings can take you from “Hello, sunshine!” to helplessly hectic in a matter of minutes. Even if you follow the same routine every morning, things don’t always go according to plan. Here are a few ways to save yourself from making a mad dash out the door:

Make your bed right away. Did you know that some of the most successful people start their day by doing just that? Starting your day by completing one simple task like making your bed will set you up to be more productive throughout the rest of your day.

Keep your kitchen stocked with easy breakfast options. Going back and forth between the pantry and the fridge to find something to eat can take up more time than you think. Stay stocked with healthy breakfast foods that are easy to make and always keep grab-and-go options handy for when you’re already running a little behind.

Pack your lunch the night before. When mornings get hectic, lunch is often left behind. That means you’ll go hungry or have to purchase lunch out. Packing a lunch the night before can help increase the odds you will eat a healthy and affordable meal at work. Don’t forget to pack snacks, too! It will help you avoid the office vending machine.

Optimize your bathroom space. De-cluttering and organizing your bathroom can save you some extra time each morning. Move your most-used items to one drawer or shelf, and save time by not having to search for the things you need.