It’s morning, and you’re running late. You hit the snooze button one too many times and now you have to scramble to get ready for your day. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there.
I remember one particular morning when I was running late for work. I had hit the snooze button a few too many times and I was in a panic to get ready. I rushed through my shower, put on my clothes, and tried to style my hair as quickly as possible. I looked (and felt) like a mess.
I was about to leave for work when I realized that I had forgotten to put on deodorant. I quickly applied some and rushed out the door, feeling frazzled and stressed. That would have been bad (like, really bad!). To this day, I keep an extra travel-size deodorant in my car.
When I got to work, I realized that I never wanted to stress about getting ready in the morning again. Ever. I could have just taken my time and been more prepared. I learned that getting ready fast in the morning is all about being organized and having a plan!
How To Get Ready Fast In The Morning
Here are my top tips to help you start your day off on the right foot. Of course, everyone’s routine is a little different. You can modify these tips to align with your personal lifestyle.
1. Get organized the night before
This is a no-brainer. Make a list of everything you need to do in the morning and set out your clothes so you’re not scrambling around looking for things in the morning. Taking the few extra minutes the night before really does make a huge difference. If you’re the kind of person that takes a shower in the morning, try mixing up your routine a bit. Personally, I like to wash and dry my hair the night before. Then, my morning shower is super fast (just for rinsing off and waking up).
2. Wake up a few minutes early
Give yourself some extra time in the morning so you’re not rushed and stressed. If you normally wake up at 7:00 AM, set your alarm for 6:45 AM. Even if you’re a snooze-button smasher, you’ll have that extra 15 minutes buffer time on your side. It might be difficult at first, but you’ll be surprised how quickly you acclimate.
3. Take your time
Don’t try to do everything all at once. Go through your morning routine step-by-step and take your time with each task. Rushing is what leads to stress and mistakes (like forgetting to put on deodorant!). I understand it can be really difficult to stay calm when the clock is your worst enemy. But, do your best. A quick 5-minute meditation before you get out of bad can set a positive tone for the day.
4. Get your beauty products ready
Have everything you need laid out and ready to go so you’re not searching for things in the middle of your makeup routine. If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of beauty products (some of which I only use on special occasions). Try making a separate “everyday” makeup bag with only the essentials. This will save you time and frustration.
5. Use a slow rise alarm
Slow rise alarms gradually get louder over a period of time, which is a much more pleasant way to wake up than being jolted awake by a loud screeching sound. This will help you start your day on a calm note. I also like sunrise alarms. They wake you up with light which is much more natural and relaxing. Some off them even allow you to control them via app which is very convenient!
6. Eat a healthy breakfast (and prepare it the night before)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t skip it! A bowl of oatmeal or a piece of fruit with peanut butter is a quick and healthy option that will give you the energy you need to start your day. If you have more time, you can prepare something more substantial the night before. Overnight oats are an awesome time-saving breakfast! Or, you can make baked egg-bites for a quick grab and go breakfast.
7. Don’t dilly-dally on your phone
We’ve all been there. You wake up, grab your phone, and start scrolling through social media or reading the news. The next thing you know, half an hour has passed and you’re running late. Try to resist the urge to check your phone in the morning and save it for later.
8. Get dressed first
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s easy to get sidetracked and start doing other things before you’re even dressed. Once you’re dressed, it will be easier to get motivated to do the rest of your morning routine.
9. Don’t forget the essentials
Make sure you have everything you need before you leave the house. This includes your keys, wallet, phone, and any other items you may need for the day. It’s wise to keep these items in the same place by the door. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in case you forget something. For example, if you can’t find your keys, do you know where your spare key is hidden? I also keep a spare set of glasses and a little cash in my car in case I run out the door without my wallet. Or, if a contact lens falls out in the middle of the day. Yes, I over-prepare way too much.
10. Make it a habit
The more you do something, the easier it becomes. The same is true for your morning routine. If you can make it a habit, it will become second nature and take less time and effort. That’s why it’s important to start small. If you’re not a morning person, don’t try to change your entire routine overnight. Start with one or two things and add more as you get used to it. Even waking up just 5 minutes early can be a huge accomplishment.
11. Plan for the unexpected
No matter how well you plan, there will always be days where things don’t go as expected. Maybe you overslept or you can’t find your keys. Whatever the case may be, try not to let it throw off your entire day. Take a deep breath and remember that it’s not the end of the world. You’ll be able to get through it. Everyone runs late from time to time. Traffic jams happen, accidents happen, and sometimes the trash bag breaks and makes a huge mess when you’re halfway out the door. (True story!).
12. Order your coffee ahead (or better, make it at home
If you’re like me, you can’t function without coffee in the morning. And if you’re really like me, you probably don’t have time to wait in line at the coffee shop. Save yourself some time by ordering your coffee ahead of time on a mobile app, or by making it at home. You’ll be able to get your caffeine fix and get on with your day. You can also make cold brew the night before and just add ice and milk in the morning.
13. Prepare you lunch ahead of time
If you’re brown-bagging it, make your lunch the night before so you’re not scrambling in the morning. If you’re going out to eat, look up the menu ahead of time so you know what you want. This will save you time and help you avoid making unhealthy choices.
14. Write a morning to-do list
This is a great way to start your day organized. By having a simple morning to-do list, you can prioritize your tasks and make sure you get the most important things done first. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than checking items off your list! It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. A simple piece of paper or post-it note will do. However, I personally love shopping at TJ Maxx for their sticky to-do lists that hang right on the fridge.
15. Fuel up your car the day before
If you notice your gas light is on, take a few minutes to fill up your tank the night before. This will save you time in the morning and help you avoid being stranded with an empty tank.
Waking up early can be tough, but following these tips will help you make the most of your morning and start your day off on the right foot! Just remember to go at your own pace and be patient with yourself. Creating a new routine takes time, but it’s definitely worth it when you can get more done during your day and you feel put-together.
Do you have any tips for getting ready fast in the morning? Let me know in the comments how you save time when you’re getting ready for your day!