Do you feel like you are late all the time? I used to be the same way. I was constantly arriving to play dates, appointments, church, you-name-it: LATE!
Being late all the time left me feeling frustrated and frazzled. I was impatient with my kids, and I felt like a failure as a mom because I couldn’t get myself together.
Let me be super honest with you. I didn’t like feeling that way. I knew I wanted to learn how to be on time.
So I made some much needed changes. If you are struggling to get out the door on time each morning with your kids, here are 3 simple tips that will help you be on time!
1. Prepare the Night Before Consistently
If you haven’t established an evening routine, I strongly recommend taking the time to do that. Evening routines set you up for a successful morning and help you get out the door faster.
Make a list of things you can do the night before that will free up time the next morning.
- clean the kitchen
- lay out clothes, shoes, and accessories (If your kids are old enough, they can do this themselves.)
- pack lunches
- pack school and work bags and set them near the door
- have a plan for breakfast
When I worked outside the home, I didn’t do any of these things on a consistent basis which meant I rushed around in the morning looking for something clean to wear. Then I would throw several things into my lunch bag hoping it was enough to eat!
And that was before kids. 🙂
I would run around gathering items that I needed to take to work and then spend a few minutes looking for my keys that I hadn’t put away the night before.
As I look back, I realize that I wasted SO much time each morning. I also brought on unnecessary stress because I simply didn’t get ready the night before.
2. Don’t wait until the last minute get yourself ready.
Do you wait until the last minute to get in the shower and get dressed?
I encourage you to start getting ready earlier. That way you have taken care of yourself and can better take care of your kids and what ever comes your way.
If you know it will take you 45 minutes to get ready, don’t wait until you have exactly 45 minutes.
This is especially important with children. You never know what may happen.
You may have an unexpected diaper or outfit change. An accident may happen. If you get yourself ready first, you will be able to address your children’s needs without stressing out about getting yourself showered or dressed.
If you are concerned about ruining your clothes before you head out the door. Get everything else done such as getting a shower, doing your hair and make up and then put your outfit on later.
Of course, it’s an outfit you already picked out though!
That way you won’t mess up your good clothes and you can slip them on right before you head out the door.
3. Add cushion time for unexpected interruptions.
Before I leave for anything, I add an extra 10 minutes on to travel time. I figure I may need 5 minutes to get my son in his car seat and load up the car. I put another 5 minute cushion for traffic.
But you also need cushion time before you even head out the door in order to be on time.
Unexpected interruptions happen all the time.
It might be a lot shoe, a child who forgot homework, or spilled coffee. You need to expect that these things will happen and give yourself extra time.
You can do this by creating a morning routine. Here’s a post on creating a morning routine plus a free printable to help you.
One of the best things you can do in the mornings is start with the time you need to be headed out the door and then work your way back and calculate the time it will take to do everything. ie. getting dressed, eating breakfast, cleaning up the kitchen.
As you calculate that time, add extra minutes so you won’t be rushed and running late.
Once you start doing these things, you’ll find yourself getting places on time. It’s a really great feeling!
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