Would you say that the hardest part of the morning is the ‘getting up and out of bed’ part for you? For me, getting up isn’t too much of a hassle, once I’m up, then I’m up - but it’s the faffing about, getting ready and setting my foot out of the door that takes the longest and quite often, the part that makes me late.
If you’re anything like me, getting ready can take up to two hours – which includes coffee, breakfast, scrolling through social media and all sorts before actually settling down to brush my teeth and wash my face. I’m also a self-confessed ‘last-minuter’, so you can imagine it would take a huge amount of effort to whip my morning routine in to shape. But, I managed it and have successfully whittled it down by 20 minutes by taking these simple steps…..
Plan your to-do-list in the shower
If you’re a morning shower person, use the time in the shower to mentally figure out your plans for the day. Also, don’t be tempted to turn on the hot water to soothe yourself because this will only make you feel sleepy again – set a comfortable temperature where it’s not too hot and not too cold to freshen up the mind, so you can actively plan your day ahead.
Instead of using about 8 different products to cleanse, tone and moisturise, try multi-use products such as the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Booster (instant hydration and smooths away tightness), Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner (combats against blemishes and acts as a primer) and the Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Spray (hydrates the skin and can also be used as a make-up setting spray) - not only do these work a treat on the skin, they work with multiple purposes which makes huge difference in the mornings.
Get yourself a Tangle Teezer
Okay, so I know this one is pretty specific, but Tangle Teezers are probably the best thing ever made for those with long hair. I use to spend a lot of time detangling my hair with a traditional hair brush and it took up a lot of time. With a nifty Tangle Teezer, my hair is tangle free within seconds and I can invest more time in other parts of my morning routine.
Prepare everything the night before
Before heading off in to dreamland, I like to prepare my whole outfit for the next day – even down to the underwear and the socks. This way, I know that when I wake up, I don’t have to spend a large amount of time looking for an outfit and then matching up the underwear and the shoes. I might even have my lunch prepared too (if there’s leftovers from the night before that is). Never underestimate the power of a planned bed routine.
Set a timer for your routine
Now, this one is for the mega organised – like when I say mega, this is military stuff. Set alarms for every task in the morning and stick to the time you have set for it. I do this when I have a tight deadline and want to be super disciplined. This normally keeps me on my toes and there is no time for downfalls, so it’s up and go, go, go with this step. Give it a try and see how you get on.
How long do you take to get ready in the mornings? Is cutting down your routine something you would consider for some extra zzz’s?
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