Okay, we admit it… We aren’t all morning people. And some mornings, it’s straight up tough to make it out the door on time. No matter how early we wake up, we sometimes feel like we’re in a mad scramble to eat breakfast, get ready, and check off our AM to-dos. Workdays can be hectic, and the last thing we want is to feel stressed before we even make it into the office.
If you’re anything like us, then you’ll take all the advice you can get to make the first few hours of the day more efficient. We’ve surveyed a few of our professional pals to come up with the top five ways to speed up your morning routine.
Whatever you do, don’t push “snooze.”
It may seem obvious, but pushing “snooze” is a developed habit that’s pretty hard to break (we’re totally guilty of this one!). If you set one morning goal for yourself, try to wake up the moment you hear the alarm go off. You may need to take extreme measures make this happen—like moving your alarm/phone to the other side of your bedroom before you go to sleep. That way, you actually have to get up and walk a few feet to turn off your alarm. You’ll be amazed by how much more productive you are with an extra 10-15 minutes.
Always set out your workday outfit the night before.
There’s no denying that we love to put together stylish workday outfits. But deciding what to wear in the morning can take up precious time. When we put together an outfit the night before work, we free up at least 10 minutes in the AM. Not to mention, we get pretty excited about getting out of bed when we know we already have something great picked out to wear.
Plan and prep breakfast and lunch items in advance.
Breakfast is critical. (It’s no fun getting through a 9 a.m. conference call with a growling stomach!) On Sundays, map out what you’re going to have for breakfast throughout the week. Then on weeknights, do anything you can to prep your breakfast in advance—whether it’s grinding coffee or cutting up fruit. And the same goes for lunch. If you bring your lunch to work, be sure to pack it the night before.
Use time-saving beauty products like dry shampoo or tinted moisturizer.
There are a ton of beauty products on the market that can save you time. With dry shampoo (like Ojon’s Dry Cleansing Spray), you don’t have to wash and style your hair every morning. And a tinted moisturizer (like Complexion Rescue by bareMinerals) combines a foundation, sunscreen, and moisturizer into one, so you don’t have to apply several different creams. Want more? Check out Glitter Guide’s roundup of the best time-saving products.
Wait until you’ve finished getting ready to check email and social websites.
Checking email and social sites right when you wake up is a surefire way to get off track. We’ve definitely had instances where we’ve started replying to emails and perusing through Instagram first thing in the morning—before we knew it, 45 minutes had passed. Unless you know something urgent is happening at work, most emails can be placed on hold until you’ve finished getting ready.
There you have it, everything you need to make your AM a little more enjoyable (and to be the first one in the office)! Join us as we tackle weekday mornings a little more efficiently.
Do you have other tips that help you get out the door on time? Tweet us, @OfMercer.