I hate rushing around in the morning, with the specter of being late hanging over my head. Breakfast was a dry, cold Pop-Tart on my way out the door. I had enough of the stress and finally decided to straighten myself out. Here are 7 ways to save time in the morning.
1. Shower at night
Showering at night means you won’t have to blow your hair dry (unless you wet it again in the morning to style it). Imagine rolling out of bed, stretching, and … getting dressed! No waiting for hot water, no rushing through shampoo and conditioner.
2. Shave at night
I spend most of my shower time shaving my legs. If you shave at night, even if you decide to shower in the morning, think of how much time you’ll save!
3. Set your clothes out
How much time do you spend trying to decide what to wear? Or where you put your favorite black leggings? Or where that fringe handbag is, the one that matches your boots? If you decide at night, and set out all of your clothes, this is a hassle you won’t have to deal with.
4. Pack your lunch
Bringing your lunch to work saves a lot of money, but it also takes a lot of time in the morning. Pack your lunch at night, and you won’t have to worry about dripping grape jelly on your white blouse… or worse, having that nasty cup o’noodles from the vending machine.
5. Wake up 15 minutes earlier
If you’re never out the door on time, no matter what you try, take a deep breath and set the alarm for 15 or 20 minutes earlier than usual. These few minutes can make a big difference, and you won’t really be missing that much sleep!
6. Check the weather
You’re finally out the door… and it’s freezing/snowing/raining. Run back inside to grab an umbrella and coat, mittens… gah! Where’s the other boot! If you check the weather the night before, you won’t be rushing around in the morning looking for the things you’ll need for the hot or cold.
7. Make sure your tank is full
Okay, so you’ve finally made it out the door (again), and as you pull onto the freeway, your gas light comes on. Now you’ll have to stop for gas, which means you’ll probably spend more money than you otherwise would have, and you’ll be even later. If you make sure your tank is full the night before, you won’t have to worry about this either!
Use these tips and you may never have a rushed and stressful morning again! Have you figured out a way to make your mornings smoother? Please share!