Getting up in the morning with enough time to do everything you'd like before leaving the house is one of those things that never gets easier. Even if the rest of your day is in order — you've prepped for work, a happy hour location is already set, your shirt only has the smallest of coffee stains — finding enough time to get out the door in one piece is challenging.
Whether you need three minutes or three hours to start your day, everyone could use a little extra help cutting down on prep time in the morning. So here are five technologies — from Philips Sonicare AirFloss to a coffeemaker that's up before you are — that cater to the morning-inept and help create a more productive and efficient morning routine. Maybe even enough to hit snooze that tenth time.
Nobody likes a stinky mouth, but engaging in a full-on dental routine (brushing, flossing, using one of those tongue scraper things) before heading out the door is one of the first things we'll sacrifice when we're pressed for time. Between coffee and a plaque-less grin, caffeine always seems to win. (Is that just me?) But with the Philips Sonicare AirFloss, it's possible to get a dentist-ready smile in 30 seconds. The unique air and micro-droplet technology of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss removes 99% more plaque biofilm between teeth than brushing with a manual toothbrush alone.
There's nothing worse than grabbing your wallet, phone, and coat, opening the door, and realizing your keys are nowhere to be found. Could they be on your nightstand, in the couch, or lost somewhere in small-item Neverland? Stop wasting time searching for keys and other necessities with a tracking technology like Tile. Attach small Tile tiles to whatever it is you always seem to misplace, and track them with the Tile app on your phone. Reclaim those wasted minutes you normally spend turning over couch cushions.
If there's an absolute necessity in the morning, it's probably a cup of coffee. Hot and delicious, a to-go mug full of caffeine is the perfect thing to perk you up and get you out the door. While the best method to brew coffee is debatable — pour over, French press, etc. — automatic coffeemakers do wonders for cutting down brew time. Here are two machines that can each brew multiple cups in six minutes or less. If you don't have minutes to spare, opt for a coffeemaker that you can set the night before and will greet you in the morning with a fresh cup, ready to go.
A more efficient morning inevitably means letting your hair air dry. In the summer, a wet mop is fine, but damp hair and outside air don't mix in the cooler months (it's also not a great look for most of us). Wrap your hair in a microfiber towel as you go about the rest of your morning routine — the time-saving evaporation technology will prove itself more effective than traditional terry cloth. These Aquis Microfiber towels are perfectly head-sized, ensuring that you're not trailing a couple extra feet of towel around as you try to pull together a desk lunch.
A big reason most of us are pressed for time in the morning is the irresistible comfort of our beds. While the Clocky alarm clock looks harmless and vaguely related to Wall-E, it actually has a devilish streak. After you hit the snooze button on Clocky, it jumps off of your nightstand (up to three feet), rolls around, and finds a hiding place — ensuring you get out of bed to track it down the next time it goes off. You may not be happy, but you'll be awake.
Even the simplest morning routines require some effort, but with time-saving technologies like the Philips Sonicare AirFloss, you'll have help getting out the door in record speed. Who knows? With all those minutes you save, you may even make it to work on time!
Nina Lincoff is a writer living in Miami, originally from the Bay Area.