In a perfect world, you’d gracefully get out of bed at the first sound of your alarm, have ample time to hit the gym, primp for the office, and grab your morning coffee so you’re at your desk well before your boss gets in. In reality? You probably hit the snooze button a few times before you have to scramble to get ready. It’s OK, you’re not alone. Getting a good night’s sleep is important, and we’re all guilty of wanting some more shut eye, so we’ve rounded up seven easy ways to speed up your morning routine — even if you hit the snooze button.
1. Plan your outfits beforehand
Choosing an outfit that’s stylish, weather-appropriate, and professional enough to wear to the office can be difficult, so most of us end up trying on several outfits before selecting one. If you waste a considerable amount of time combing through your closet, picking out an outfit the night before is a definite time-saver. Plus, you’ll stay alert on what’s clean, what needs to be altered, and what could use a quick steam or iron. In the event you don’t have time in the evening to concoct the perfect getup, jot down a couple stellar outfit combinations in a notebook or on your smartphone — perfect for a last-minute outfit change.
2. Invest in dry shampoo
Sometimes it’s so difficult to get out of bed that you don’t even have time to take a shower, which is precisely why having a bottle of dry shampoo on hand is a smart move. Whether you use an aerosol dry shampoo or a powder option, the mixture absorbs excess grease, ultimately giving your hair a matte finish — and even some extra volume. Before you leave the house, just make sure you comb your hair: Many formulas create white streaks, so it’s important to tousle your hair so the shampoo blends in nicely with your mane.
3. Use a microfiber towel
If you’ve already gone a couple of days without washing your hair, chances are using dry shampoo is out of the question. After your shower, you can wrap your damp hair in a microfiber towel. Cosmopolitan reports using one will cut down time needed to dry your hair, which is a big reason most of us are late to the office. To shave off some time in the morning, simply leave this on as you’re getting dressed and applying makeup.
4. Stick to the basics
While it’s important to put your best self forward, especially at the office, you probably don’t need a full face of makeup for work. So why not stick to the basics instead? Not only will ditching the lash extensions, contour powders, and lip liner have you looking more professional, it’ll save lots of time, too. Depending on your skin’s natural composition, a tinted moisturizer, brow pomade, neutral lip, and a sweep of mascara will take a fraction of the time and look incredibly polished.
5. Keep your makeup essentials organized
Even if you do stick to the bare basics, finding everything you need for your makeup routine, whether it’s a brush, cream, or liner, can eat up a lot of time. Instead of tossing your essentials back into your beauty cabinet, store them in a cup on your bathroom counter or in a zipped pouch. It sounds so easy, but having everything you use regularly nearby will cut down the time you spend pillaging through your medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers.
6. Splash cold water on your face
With the exception of your blaring alarm and regular cup of coffee, there are very few things that can wake a girl up like splashing cold water on her face. In addition to giving you a much-needed energy kick, Today says that cold water can help tighten your pores, reduce redness, and prime your skin for moisturizers and makeup. And if your skin is already on its way to looking its best, you’ll spend less time covering up redness with a concealer.
7. Take your time
Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? StyleCaster writes that when you rush through your morning process, you’re more likely to mess up your makeup or forget to pack your phone, which will waste even more time — and we have to agree. Whether it’s at the office or in your professional life, nothing good rarely comes from speeding through, and that school of thought should also be applied to your morning routine. Before you leave your apartment, take a final look in the mirror and check your purse for all your daily essentials. If you tend to be a little forgetful, this tip will make a difference.