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By PureWow
Updated Jun 14, 2015 @ 11:30 am
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We won’t sugarcoat it: Mornings are hard. Between making coffee, applying makeup and remembering to pack a lunch, there’s a lot going on (and quite honestly, we usually only get around to one of those things). But what if we told you that a slight rejiggering of your routine could transform those first few hours? Read on for seven simple shortcuts.

1. Create a Playlist Timer

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You know you shouldn’t hit the snooze button. But when you’re way exhausted, nothing can get you out of bed… except maybe some good music. Create a morning playlist (keep it pleasant and upbeat) and use it as a timer. Shower for two songs, get dressed during one song and so on.

2. Whip Up a Five-Minute Smoothie (pictured at top)

The last thing you have time for in the morning is an egg-white Western omelet. Instead, get a solid protein boost from this delicious (and gluten-free) chocolate, banana and coconut smoothie. Just throw in some Silk Coconutmilk, chocolate protein power, a banana and a scoop of almond butter, then blend. We bet you could even do it in less than five minutes.