Lisa programmed her mobile phone alarm (and her family) to streamline their weekday morning departure.
I set a weekday alarm on my cell phone for 20 minutes before our departure time. It has a distinctive ring (like a school bell) so there is no mistaking why the phone is making so much noise. After the first alarm sounds, I hit the snooze twice.
My kids know the initial alarm signals time to wrap up dressing and brushing teeth and that the second bell (T-minus 10 minutes) marks the time to put on shoes, locate stuff and get to the door. We head out when the last alarm sounds.
The alarms keep me on time as well.
*forehead smack* I have experimented with timers, alarm clocks, and various tones of voice (most of them frustrated) and nothing seems easier or more logical than this. Love love love it.
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