The Morning Routine Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

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Last Modified 23 June 2021 First Added 13 March 2015

By Brett Janes

The journey from your pillow to your working day is an epic one, especially if you have a family to wake up with you. Do you want to make this complicated journey easier on you and everyone you live with? If yes, give the frantic morning rush a kick start with The Morning Routine Cheat Sheet!

The Morning Routine Cheat Sheet will help you nail these steps:

  • Getting out of bed
  • Using the bathroom
  • Having breakfast
  • Getting dressed
  • Preparing lunch
  • Packing your bags
  • Leaving the house!

A fully-sourced transcript and code to embed the infographic is available at the bottom of this page.

Fix your daily start with the morning routine cheat sheet, from The Sleep Matters Club.

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The morning routine cheat sheet

Do you struggle to get your family up and out of the door on time? Master the art of being a slick morning person with these tried and tested tips.

The crazy morning rush

75 minutes – The time a survey for Allianz Insurance found that British families spend on their daily morning routine, including:

Getting kids out of bed: 9 minutes
Getting kids dressed: 10 minutes
Making breakfast: 10 minutes
Helping with homework: 11 minutes
Getting the car ready: 8 minutes
Getting in the car: 7 minutes
The school run: 12 minutes
Dropping kids off: 8 minutes

27% of parents find it hard to get their children out of bed in the morning. 42% of mums and dads say that being in a rush is their biggest school run worry. So how can you make your mornings go smoothly?

Step 1: Getting out of bed

Recommended hours of sleep per night:

Child (5-12): 10-11
Teenager: 9.25
Adult: 7

• Make sure everyone gets enough sleep so they don’t wake up tired

• Download a talking alarm clock app to your phone to motivate you, or one you have to shake to turn off

• Stick to the same bedtime and wake-up time to balance your body clock

Step 2: Using the bathroom

9.3 minutes – The average time spent in the shower

19.5 minutes – The average time spent in the bath

• Create a bathroom schedule so everyone has an allocated time slot

• Give younger kids a bath or shower before bedtime to free up the bathroom in the morning

• Use a getting-ready checklist – including tasks such as brush teeth, comb hair, wash face – to help get the family organised

Step 3: Having breakfast

60% of mothers forego breakfast because they’re rushing to feed the children

• Draw up a weekly breakfast menu for the family – stick to simple items such as cereal and toast

• Get the food and crockery ready the night before

• Keep a supply of healthy on-the-go snacks, such as fruit and breakfast bars, for emergencies

Step 4: Getting dressed

468 – The number of washing machine cycles per year for a family of 4

• Ensure the washing is up to date to avoid last-minute panics

• Get everyone to pick their clothes and lay them out ready the night before

• Check the weather forecast to help plan all your outfits and accessories

Step 5: Preparing the lunches

A healthy lunchbox should contain:
• Starchy foods – such as pasta or rice
• Protein – such as eggs, meat or fish
• Dairy – such as a yoghurt or cheese
• Vegetables or fruit

88% of parents make sandwiches for their children’s packed lunches

Most popular fillings include:
44% ham
26% cheese
20% cucumber

• Prepare packed lunches the night before to save precious time in the morning

• Create a weekly lunch menu plan with the help of

• Assign a shelf in the fridge for each person to make it easier to locate each lunchbox

Step 6: Packing the bags

5 – The number of items parents commonly check their kids haven’t forgotten on the way to school

These include:
• Schoolbag
• Homework
• Lunch
• Sports kit
• Books

• Keep a schedule of activities so you know which items everyone needs to pack each day

• Get bags and backpacks ready the night before

• Charge up phones, tablets and laptops before bed

Step 7: Leaving the house

16% of people are late for work at least once a week

• Make sure items such as your car keys, phone and purse are put in the same place every day

• Choose a designated area by the door to place bags and shoes for a speedy exit

• Put a checklist on the door to make sure you don’t forget any essentials

Plan ahead, stick to a routine and prepare as much as you can the night before. Goodbye chaos, hello calm mornings.

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