From the early birds who live for their morning jog to the night owls who live for their snooze button, we all have a morning routine that gets us out the door and into the bustle of our everyday lives. Regardless of what your morning routine is, we all wake up with the intention of starting our day off right — yet sometimes end up with a process that involves everything that went wrong.
We know those types of mornings — if it’s not the fact that you forgot the handouts for your huge presentation, it’s most likely the discovery that you filled in your left eyebrow a shade darker than your right one. Although you can’t exactly predict your mornings, here are five tricks that will help you cut your routine in half and prepare for them.
1. Control your shower with time and temperature
Showers are a great way to feel refreshed in the morning — until you realize the reason you’re late is because of the 20-minute life epiphany you had while taking one. If the idea of showering the night before is too much for you, go ahead and set a timer to escape this potentially time-consuming morning activity. Along with this change, the easy action of switching the water temperature to one that’s slightly uncomfortable will be another incentive for you to not take longer than necessary. Through controlling both the time and temperature of your shower, your body will feel awake in the morning, and your watch will show you how much extra time you have to enjoy it.
2. Stop checking your phone
While your notifications are alerting you about everyone else’s life, they’re also hindering you from being productive in your own. In addition to worrying about how you’ll meet your deadlines this week, you’re now trying to retweet your best friend, comment on Lindsay’s new status, and watch a video about the newest Mermaid-themed cake shop in NYC.
Although there’s nothing wrong with staying in touch with what’s happening around you, your schedule shouldn’t suffer because of the engagement. Before you allow yourself to start scrolling, place your phone in another room or on airplane mode until you’ve finished getting ready. While disconnecting right when you wake up may be difficult, it’s a productive way to filter out the information that isn’t important to you and provides you an opportunity to remind yourself of what is.
3. Do what you can the night before
Life is full of stressors, and the one solution for all of them is to prepare beforehand. Even if you didn’t stay up until 1am the night before, the reality of the next morning is that you’re tired, and the repercussion of this state of mind is that you’re going to move slower.
In order to avoid falling behind, it’s productive to plan the night before — lay out your outfit, assemble your lunch, skim over your tasks, and put coffee in the coffeemaker. While these actions may seem tedious and acceptable to leave off until the morning, they tend to be the reason for why we feel rushed once the time actually arrives. By ensuring that the details of your routine are already set, you’ll have more time to focus on your next steps and less chance of running late because of them.
4. Organize your space
There’s nothing more frustrating than going about your morning only to meet the setback that comes in the form of you fumbling to find your liquid eyeliner and throwing couch pillows to find your car keys.
Although misplacing important objects can be annoying, the situation isn’t completely unavoidable. To take control of your space (and time), a smart approach would be to organize your home to have specific areas to place your daily belongings. Get a basket to put your keys in, use a jewelry holder to arrange your earrings, and find a jar for your makeup brushes. Sometimes it’s the details that make a home — and this extra effort will have your space looking just as good as your mornings are about to be.
5. Shorten your beauty routine
With the pressure of following all skincare steps and the tension of drawing the perfect winged eyeliner, it’s no surprise that your casual 20-minute makeup routine turns into a 40-minute session of attempting to perfect your look — and wondering if it’s worth it.
Of course, how you look is important to you and you shouldn’t give up your favorite shade of lipstick in replacement for a few extra seconds. Instead of getting caught up in your beauty routine, find ways to simplify it — whether it’s switching to a more fast-acting product, using a double-duty cosmetic, or investing in finding some quick hairstyles. The process to find an efficient beauty routine may be difficult, but it’s one that will save you time in the morning and set you up for compliments in the future (you’re welcome).