Unless you’re the kind of person that thrives on rising with the birds, getting out of bed before 7 a.m. isn’t any easier now than it was when we were teenagers. In fact, I need at least two cups of coffee before I can even consider beginning my day. It’s always a race against the clock – trying to squeeze in at least two rounds of “snooze,” and promising yourself you’ll get ready faster usually ends up with you developing a reputation as the girl who is habitually late for every early meeting and appointment. In order to put more time back into your day, consider these steps for shortening your morning routine:
The Quick Hair Dry Trick – For many women, hair is the most time consuming part of the morning routine. Washing your hair before bed is by far the best time saver, but ultimately not practical for all hair types. If you must wash in the morning, invest in a microfiber hair towel. Brush our your hair, wrap it up and let it dry naturally while you go about the rest of your routine. By the time you’re ready to blow dry, the process should only take a few minutes.
Lay Our Your Clothes – Some mornings it’s hard to decide what to wear. Even if you know which outfit you want, you may end up wasting several precious minutes locating every item needed to complete the ensemble. To cut down on this time, plan out your clothes for the week and lay out each outfit the night before. Include everything from underwear to accessories.
Pair Down Your Make Up – There is no need to wear a full face of makeup to work each and every day, especially if it takes half an hour to layer on your cosmetics. Instead, stick to just the basics – a touch of concealer, a thin layer of powder foundation, a touch of blush or bronzer, a few swipes of mascara and a bold shade of lipstick. Eliminate cosmetics until you can complete the process in under five minutes, and you’ll likely make up for those extra few minutes of snooze time.