by - Monday, October 23, 2017

While morning routines vary for most people the major goals and tasks to be accomplished remain the same. Sleep as late as possible while still looking awake and alert for the day. Those tend to be my priorities at least especially now with teaching! So how do you speed up the process? I've come up with a few ways that have made my 5:15 alarm and dragging attitude at that time more efficient even though I have a tendency to still feel asleep.

1. Prepare the night before.
Lay out your clothes and pack your bags the night before so that if you are left scrambling the next morning those are already taken care of. Packing your bag will ensure that nothing gets left behind and already picking out an outfit will help you to not waste time standing in front of your closet thinking that you have nothing to wear when in reality you don;t have time to envision it. I've also found that packing my lunch the night before so that that is done makes it so I can sleep in a touch later.

2. Multitask.
Eat breakfast while putting on your makeup if you're in a big hurry! Honestly, my peanut butter waffle accompanies on my drive every morning as a reward for making it through the early morning. While I love the idea of sitting in bed drinking a cup of coffee I would much rather spend those precious minutes asleep! 

3. Streamline your Makeup Routine.
Have a quick fool proof routine that you can resort to without sacrificing appearance. I usually do the same thing for make up every morning and it doesn't tend to take more than 5 or 6 minutes so be sure you know what you can eliminate when you're in a hurry. 

4. Shower the Night Before.
If you're in a real time crunch before heading out the door in the morning chances are the time you allotted for your morning shower may get sacrificed. Don't sacrifice cleanliness and instead shower the night before. If it is imperative that you skip the shower be sure to use a bit of dry shampoo to liven up your hair. I completely converted one of my roommates into being a night shower and now she is completely on board with the fact that it saves time and that you always get to be clean when you get into bed. 

5. Do your Hair the Night Before.
Sleeping on a hair style can make it look more natural and allow you quite a bit of extra shut eye. If this means blow drying it after you shower then spend that couple of extra minutes at night instead of attempting damage control the following morning because you slept on it sopping wet. Also knowing how to perfect a ponytail can be a real game changer when you're running behind!

6. Avoid Checking your Phone.
This may be the biggest time waster in the morning. I promise those instagrams you missed will still be there when you check later on but avoid social media stalking at all costs when you're in a hurry.

7. Check your Schedule the Night Before.
Being prepared for the day to come the night before is such a satisfying feeling and will help you feel relatively relaxed when you're rushing around to get out the door. You won't miss anything because you were able to check it before you felt frenzied!

I am still getting into the groove of super early morning and would love to hear any time saving tips you may have! 
Written by Dorothy for Prep In Your Step

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  1. Love this post! These are all things that I try to implement in my routine as well. I am working on a new schedule where I wake up earlier and give myself the opportunity to exercise, since I can't in the evening. It has been helping me be much more alert and ready for the day! I think that staying off your phone when you wake up is huge as well! I am notorious for spending way to much time on instagram! haha

  2. Totally love this post and I feel sorry for you and alarm at 5: 15. I find myself hitting the snooze button and I get 2 hours more sleep than you! I definitely agree with the night before preparation of outfits, it is a real time saver. I actually have always preferred showering in the evening than in the morning and it also goes well with my flatmate's routine as she prefers to shower in the evening. Thank you for the post!

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