10 Ways To Speed Up Your Mornings Using Technology
Those days that you are running late are the absolute worst, but most of the time they are 100% preventable. That dreaded snooze button is highly addictive and problematic. Here are the best tech based solutions to help hack your morning routine to get you out of the house and on the road on time.
It’s not the 90’s anymore so why use old school techniques in a new school world. Splashing water in your face helps, but there are better ways to jump-start your mornings.
1. Use a Smart-Alarm
A big reason why mornings are so tough is that we aren't ready to wake up when our alarms go off. While that may sound obvious, the surprising fact is, there is an optimal time to wake up and it's not necessarily after you've slept longer. A smart alarm monitors your breathing and movements, allowing it to determine where you are in your sleep cycle within a given range you should be woken up. Smart alarms come in a variety of forms, from fitness bands to mobile applications. Check out some applications to get your mornings right. A great way to wake up is by using natural sunlight. Using a smart technology, MySmartBlinds you can control your blinds. This product gives you the option to automate your blinds daily or weekly and to close them when you want to. You can also enable sun tracking to maintain a preferred lighting condition throughout the year. It's an awesome product and you can check it out HERE!
2. Stay off of Social Media
It’s almost habitual to check your email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts right when you awake. A key to a successful departure in the morning is staying away from social media platforms and focusing on your tasks at hand. Allowing yourself this extra time will also free you from this bad habit.
3. Music in the morning using Design Bluetooth
Listening to music can help you feel energized. Spotify and Pandora are great tools to get you going. To make it easier on yourself using Bluetooth and connect to your audio device straight from bed right when you wake. Using a Design Bluetooth transmitter and receiver you can make any audio device a smart device. If you listen to the same playlist every morning, you'll be able to gauge how far along your routine should be based on the song that's playing. Check out our Design Product here!
4. Make Sure You’re Prepared
There's nothing worse than being unprepared for a meeting or event on your schedule. Whether it’s a matter of wearing a suit instead of jeans, picking up snacks for your big meeting or simply remembering your gym clothes, make sure you're using an app like To-Do Prime that can organised your calendar and ensure that you have what you need for the day's events. You can also automate your lighting if that helps using a Samsung SmartThings Hub. Shop for those here!
5. Make it a Quick Dip
Some of our best ideas come when we're in the shower, so use that time to knock out some of your heavy thinking for the day. You can do something as simple as plan out the outfit you'll wear that day, or get fancy and compose an email you've been putting off writing. For the latter, install an app like SpeechTrans Dictation so you can go hands-free and avoid water damage.
6. Set an Alarm on Your Coffee Machine
There are some apps and coffee machines that will let you brew your coffee remotely, but until they're more widespread and less expensive program your coffee maker to start brewing while you get ready. That way, you can grab your caffeine on your way out.
7. Eat Breakfast, just make is faster
Your morning can truly suffer if you don't eat the most important meal of the day. But just because you're pressed for time, it doesn't mean you have to abandon breakfast altogether. Instead, try out some healthy on-the-go options like breakfast biscuits.
8. Keep Organized
Think of how much time you waste looking around for your keys, wallet, sunglasses and other essential items. To ensure your exit in the morning is as smooth as possible, get into the habit of putting all of these items in the same place — like a small dish — so you can grab and go with no fuss.
9. Brush Your Teeth in Shower
Hacking your morning is about erasing or optimizing wasted time — and your time in the shower is a perfect example. In between dictating those emails, take two minutes to brush your teeth. You'll shave a little time off your overall preparation time, and you'll never be in that awkward situation where you’re halfway out the front door and have to turn around and march back into the bathroom to brush.
10. Set Yourself Up
If you know the morning is going to be chaotic, give yourself a fighting chance by preparing at night. Specifically, take care of the time consuming tasks like ironing clothes and packing your things for work. Thinking ahead isn't a groundbreaking hack by any means, but it allow you to lead a less stressful life and al