Getting ready in the morning can be time-consuming as it is. Slap on an early morning and a busy schedule, and you might have yourself some trouble. If this is you, you’ve probably got it buried somewhere in your endless trails of thought that you should probably make things easier on yourself.
As priorities call, buried somewhere turns into discarded somewhere, and before you know it, it’s just another passing thought of I should.
Figure out what’s slowing you down
So, what should you do? The first step to making things easier on yourself is to survey what is currently making it difficult. Here are a few things that tend to slow people down, and what you can do about each of them.
If Waking Up Has Got You Down
Track your sleep: Whether you think you’re getting enough sleep, or if you know you aren’t, having the numbers will help to understand what your sleep needs are.
Examine the quality of your sleep: Factors such as diet, depression, and insomnia are known to negatively affect sleep quality. Consult with a doctor if you aren’t sure what the reason might be, or what to do about it.
If Grooming is Looming
Consult with a stylist: Find the best hairstyle that works with your hair type, and the best products for quick styling. If you prefer a more high maintenance style, cut time by styling the night before or waking up earlier. Getting hair cuts regularly will ensure that you spend less time styling in the morning.
Commit to a simple skincare routine: Find a routine that works for you in 1-3 steps, and commit to it daily. This will promote that your skin will always be in the best shape possible and that it will need little maintenance over time, making it easier to get ready in the morning.
If Getting Dressed Has You Stressed
Plan ahead: Laying out your clothes the night before is an obvious way to help move things along quicker. If you find that your laundry system is complicated, revamp it by rating everything you have from 1-3, and get rid of anything that is below 2.
If Eating is Fleeting
Meal prep breakfast: Choose a breakfast that can be prepared the night before and stored. If you’re not into overnight oats or breakfast sandwiches, try leaving out all of your ingredients and tools the night before.
This will ensure no hiccups on sudden missing ingredients, or a pan that needed to be washed. This will also prevent you from making an unnecessary stop when you are hungry later.
Turn To-Do to Done
If you’re someone who is looking to cut time, you may have read the above and thought: This sounds like more work. The truth is that more time now means less time later.
The morning can be a limited and tricky time to prepare for an entire day. Taking the time to organize your efforts ahead of time will ensure a smoother process in the morning.
If you’re overwhelmed by any or all of these, you need a to-do list. Whether it’s a note in your phone, a sticky note on your mirror, or a detailed planner entry, organizing what needs to be done visually is a sure-fire way to at the very least, motivate your morning readiness.