Streamlining Your Morning Routine
Rushing out of the door in the morning like a mad woman is a really stressful way to start your day and really sets a bad tone for the rest of it. Follow these tips, and mornings can become the most relaxing part of your day!
Move Your Alarm Clock
Snooze buttons are an evil, evil invention. So tempting. An easy solution is to move your alarm clock to the other side of the room. Once you’ve jumped out of bed to turn it off, you’ll be way less likely to climb back under the covers.
Sleep In Your Workout Clothes
My day always goes better when I start it with a workout. Even twenty minutes on my exercise bike leaves me energized and ready to tackle whatever life throws at me. But it doesn’t take much to convince me to skip working out and get a little extra sleep instead. One way that I convince myself to work out is by sleeping in my workout clothes. They’re as comfortable as pajamas, and all I have to do is add sneakers and I’m ready to go!
Try Dry Shampoo
Washing, drying, and styling your hair can take up a huge chunk of your morning. You may think that you have to go through this process every morning, especially if you’re exercising. Take it from me, washing your hair every day—or even every other day—is not necessary. Pile your hair into a shower cap and skip the wash. If it’s still damp from working out, blow the roots dry for a few minutes. Then apply dry shampoo, give yesterday’s style a touch-up, and you’re ready to go!
Find Your Look
Choosing clothes can take a long time, unless you’ve developed your own look. Some people even refer to it as a uniform. Maybe it’s stretch pants and a big sweater, or a flattering dress, or black pants with a blouse. Figure out what works for you, and buy enough for a week’s worth of work clothes.
Freeze Your Breakfast
Smoothies can be healthy, nutritious, and delicious. But who has time to prepare produce and wash the blender every day? It’s much easier to make up a big batch of smoothies a couple times a month. Freeze them in small plastic containers, then pop the frozen discs out into a plastic freezer bag. Take one out when you wake up and let it defrost in a glass, or nuke it on low just until it’s defrosted but still very cold and a little icy.
Use A Basket
Nothing screws up getting out the door like searching for keys and wallet. If you use the same purse every day, great – you’re set! But if you frequently change purses, put a basket near your front door for keys, wallet, tissues, Chapstick, compact, phone charger…everything that tends to get lost between purses. If you’re not going to take it that day, leave it in the basket for tomorrow.