Ever have somewhere to be but end up taking forever to get ready before you go – no matter how much you rush? If you are anything like me, this is the usual morning struggle. Leaving in 10 minutes but spend another 20 getting yourself together. This can be stressful and wear you out in the long run, but the one room rule can solve this.
The One Room Rule:
Never enter any single room in the morning more than once.
Yep, that’s it. Pretty simple, right? I’ve even come up with a list of tips that that will hopefully make it easier to achieve. You will soon be walking out your door each morning with less stress and a calmer mind to talk on the day. On time and fully prepared.
Step One: Prepare the Night Before
Okay, so the One Room Rule works best if you are as absolutely prepared as you can possibly be. So that means setting aside half an hour each evening to set up your mornings for the easy start they really ought to be.
Pack your lunch if you’re bringing one that day. Knock up a simple salad, pasta dish or some simple but delicious sandwiches. Put them in the fridge, and set a reminder on your phone to collect them a few minutes before you have to go.
Set out your outfit for the day. Check the weather forecast, it’s usually accurate if you are checking for the next day. Pick something that you won’t freeze or overheat in. One of the great things about picking out your outfit the night before is that you don’t have to worry in the morning if you have anything clean left for the weather
that day – you already have it sorted the night before!
If you took home any documents or did any light research, now is the time to pack them up. Place them with your keys so that you only have one area to check for items you need each morning.
Step Two: Get a Good Night’s Rest
One of the best things to set you up for a good morning, is to get enough good quality sleep the night before. This means getting your 6-8 hours in. Not only that, I highly recommend aiming for a bedtime as close to 10 PM as possible. Some night this won’t be possible, but it is a good time to aim for – for a multitude of reasons.
Getting early morning sun exposure is one great way to ensure that you get the best sleep possible. I have written more about this in my post 3 Benefits of Morning Sunshine. Just remember, you need to aim for around 20 minutes of sunlight on your skin. Not only does this boost the happiness hormone serotonin, but also helps you feel more alert with your cortisol levels rocketing up. (Yes, you can still wear sun cream 🙂 )
Of course, you should also give yourself a caffeine curfew. Caffeine has a half life of around 8 hours, which means if you have a regular cup of coffee in the morning, you’ll still have half a cup in your tank in the afternoon. As caffeine is a stimulant, you want to have as little as possible in your system when it comes to bedtime. Personally, I try not to drink anything caffeinated after 2-3PM.
Step Three: Stretch and Light Exercise
If you have outdoor space, this could combine with getting some early morning sunshine. Warming up your muscles is a great morning ritual. Having been asleep for 6-8 hours, your body hasn’t moved very much and will need some stretching to help loosen up.
Did you know? Exercising (at any time during the day, but the earlier the better) increases the amount of time you spend in deep sleep – to as much as 75%! And great sleep is just awesome, so there is another reason to exercise.
Of course, exercise is another activity that boosts both happiness and alertness. So give it a go! All you need is as little as 10 minutes for this. Here’s some routine sets to help get you started:
- 3 sets of 20 tricep dips
- 1 set of 30 second plank
- 3 sets of 8 push-ups/box push-ups
- 5 sets of 8 abdominal crunches
- 3 sets of 20 squats
These 3 steps will truly help you to feel awesome each morning, even if you don’t manage the One Room Rule.
One Room Rule: Illustrated
Nevertheless, here is how the One Room Rule works in detail. The room you wake up in doesn’t initially count, as you have not entered the room yet – you just woke up there. At this point, I do my exercise as I know I’ll be out getting my sunshine in a few minutes.
Usually my first port of call is the bathroom. Once I enter, I have to do everything that I’d need the bathroom for to get ready. Shower, toilet, makeup etc., this is the only chance that I get to be in this room so I have to get it sorted now. Once I leave it, that’s it. I cannot enter this room again until I come home from work.
Then it’s back to the bedroom. Put on the clothes I have set out the night before. Grab my bag and put on some accessories. One final check – are my shoes in here or downstairs? Once I leave, that’s it. I cannot enter again.
All set, I head to the kitchen. Breakfast, grab my lunch out of the fridge and then that’s it for the kitchen. Sometimes I bring tea in a travel mug, so I must have it made before I leave. There is no going back into this room once I leave it.
I have left my things by the door. I grab them and I am literally ready to go. So I step out the door. On time and unfrazzled – for a change!
Lock up. That’s it. Can’t go back in (unless it’s an emergency and I left the stove on fire, for example) until the day is done.
Over To You
And that’s it. A relatively organised, stress-less approach to conquering mornings. All you have to do is to batch your tasks and focus only on the room you are in. And then you are literally good to go!
Let me know how you get on if you decide to try this out for yourselves. \(^_^)/
Best wishes x.