5 Life Hacks for a Stress-Free Start to Your Work Day by Erin Webb

Getting out of bed, out the door and in to work can be a struggle. Here are five ways you can make the process easier.


NOTE: If you’re a shift worker you can adjust the timings mentioned below to suit your schedule.

 

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1. Get your clothes ready the night before Whether you’ve got a uniform or need to pick an outfit every day, having your clothes laid out/hung up for the morning means you won’t have to spend time looking for what to wear. And don’t forget your shoes!
You might also want to do this for other members of your household if you’re responsible for getting other people off to school or work.


2. Prepare your breakfast and/or lunch in advance This step can save you time AND money. Prepping your meals the night before gives you the ability to grab and go when you’re ready to head out the door. And by taking your food with you, you can potentially save up to $1,500 a year.


3. Set your clocks ahead by a few minutes Boost your workday routine with this little trick. If you normally get out of bed at 6.30am and your clocks are five minutes fast, you’re actually up and at ‘em at 6.25am. You’ve got a five minute buffer in case something unplanned happens (or you’re just plain slow) and you should still be able to start your journey to work at the right time – or maybe even a little early.


4. Switch off Do you check social media, read your emails or browse the web first thing in the morning? You’re not alone. On average, Australians spend 2.5 hours a day on their smartphone. That’s the equivalent of 38 days a year! No wonder our schedules get so out of whack.
So what can you do? Stay offline and prioritise all the tasks you need to do to get out the door. Leave these distractions until you’re on the bus/train/tram, settled at your desk, or have some spare time during your break.


5. Plan your trip to arrive early – not just on time If your work day begins at 9.00am and it takes 25 minutes to get to work, don’t make a habit of leaving the house or catching your ride at 8.35am. Give yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes’ travel time so you’re not rushing and have time to ease into the day.