Wednesday, February 21, 2018

4 Ways to Save Time in the Mornings


4 ways to save time in the morning

How long is your morning routine? Whether it's that you never seem to be on time and are sick of rushing around or you want to make more time in your mornings for that yoga session, or you just want to hit the snooze button a couple more times, we all want more time in the AM – without looking a complete mess. With a baby who still gets up in the middle of the night and a husband who travels frequently I’ve learned some tips and tricks to streamline my morning to help it go as smoothly as possible and so I can sleep as late as possible! 

Learning how to streamline your morning routines and get ready at double-time is a worthwhile skill to have whether you have children or not. Here are some quick tips to get you on your speedy way:


Cut Down Your Hair Prep Time
If you wash your hair in the shower every morning, then the chances are that you spend a big chunk of your time drying and styling your locks, especially if you have thick hair like me. But there are ways to cut down the time in all this takes. First of all, make sure you’re using the right products for your hair type. It sounds obvious, but if you have fine hair and you’ve overloaded it with too rich a shampoo and conditioner, you’re probably spending way too much time styling any life back into it when it looks limp afterwards.  There are guides to matching your hair type like this one – click here to visit website. Another tip is to invest in a micro-fiber hair towel. These are super absorbent which cuts down drastically on time spent with the hairdryer – and heat damage to your hair, meaning less styling needed as well! I actually shower at night, use a micro-fiber hair towel while getting ready for bed, let it air dry the rest of the way, then straighten and curl my hair in the morning (see my review of it here). It takes less time and using less heat on my hair helps it stay healthy. A win-win! 

4 ways to save time in the morning

Try Multitasking Makeup
When time is limited, you need the products you use to work hard for you – so make sure your make-up is doing double duty. A multipurpose base that covers many skin needs and works for you is always worth having – something like IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ cream does the work of an anti-aging serum, high-factor sunscreen and foundation in one. With a higher coverage foundation, you may not even need a concealer. Similarly, you can double up and use a bronzer as a neutral eyeshadow, and a pinkish-nude lipstick can double as a cream blush. Add in a quick swipe of mascara and you’re done!

Develop a Work Capsule Wardrobe
How much time do you waste on an average morning trying to put an outfit together, only to find that the top you need is still in the laundry basket waiting to be washed or that skirt just hasn’t been ironed? Even if you are super-organized, putting an outfit together still eats up precious minutes. Claw some back by cutting down on options with a capsule wardrobe. First, start by picking a color palette –two or three neutrals and a couple of accent colors is easiest. The goal is that each separate should go with anything else in there, so no matter what you pull out, it goes together. Stock around 15 classic pieces, well-made items like blazers and refresh your look using accessories. Take a look at this guide to pulling together the ultimate work capsule wardrobe. I also recommend setting out your outfit the night before and doing any ironing that needs to be done. It really helps to cut down the time spent in front of your closet picking out your outfit for the day.

4 ways to save time in the morning

Grab Breakfast to Go

If it’s eating that slows you down, or you find yourself reaching for a sugary take-out muffin, make mornings easier on your diet, purse and time by prepping a few easy, on the move breakfasts. You could try this no-bake breakfast protein bar recipe or simply buy some frozen fruit and stick it in the blender with a scoop of Greek yogurt and some juice and you have a healthy delicious smoothie that you can run out of the house with! While I like to eat breakfast with my daughter, it always helps to have some on-the-go options just in case we accidentally sleep in or if we are moving a little slower than usual some mornings! I often ask her what she would like for breakfast the night before so I can start prepping it while she is asleep or getting ready. Otherwise she can take quite a while to decide!

4 ways to save time in the morning

I hope these tips help you to shave minutes off your morning routine and maybe even squeeze in a few extra minutes of sleep each day!


16 comments:

  1. When I had to be up at 4am for work. I would always lay my clothes out the night before. So going to have to try out that recipe.

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  2. I have to check that micro-fiber towel, love that idea. I am also a fan of picking out my clothes and the kids clothes for the week on Sunday that way we aren't stressed about what to wear for the work week when we are trying to get out of the house by 7:30 a.m.

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  3. I am so not a morning person so any way that I can save some time is helpful. I never thought about a microfiber hair towel but I'll have to look into this! Grabbing breakfast on the go has always been helpful for me. Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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  4. These are such great tips! I also shower at night but have never tried a micro-fiber towel! Especially as my hair grows out I need something like that--otherwise it takes forever to dry! I like the idea of a work capsule wardrobe too.

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  5. These are all great tips! I'm all for a quick and easy breakfast!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  6. I do need to start figuring out my outfits BEFORE the morning, I waist so much time there. And, on my hair! Aghh! I need to figure out how to control how oily it is, because I wash it every day. I have heard good things about the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ cream! I need to check it out next time I'm at the store.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  7. These are great tips. When I was working I had the Routine down to a science and had all my outfits and accessories planned out on Sunday. Breakfast was ready to go too. Great post idea!

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  8. These are great tips for streamlining! I have a Aquis hair turban and it really helps my hair dry faster.

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  9. Helpful tips! When I had to actually report to school I always did so much prep work the night before so my mornings were calmer. It makes such a difference!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  10. This makes life so much easier, Laura! In fact, when I was working, I'd usually wear the same pants all week long. No one noticed, and then I only had to choose my tops and blazers. Besides, then it was easy to remember when to take them to the cleaners!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  11. These are good tips! And yes, anything that helps you save time in the morning is good as a mum! While I don't have a strict capsule wardrobe for work, I do pick out my outfit the night before and feel it makes such a difference.

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far! We are getting a lot of rain at the moment which is a welcome change after the heatwaves, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  12. I just got one of those hair towels! I cannot believe how well it works for how flimsy it feels! The morning rush is no joke - great tips for getting the routine down to a science!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  14. I need to try the hair towels, especially when I try and sleep in a few more minutes!

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  15. Picking out my clothes the night before is HUGE for me. And getting up the first time the alarm goes off, too. Need to look into a microfiber towel for my hair. Thanks for the tip.

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  16. Great tips Laura! I am almost there...
    I do my wardrobe the night or weekend before, usually have the same breakfast everyday and when it comes to make up i stick to basics.

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