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Last Updated on November 29, 2021
If you’re like a lot of people, you find yourself running around in the morning trying to get not only yourself out the door but several other people as well. Throw into the mix trying to look put together for work or school drop off or any other appointments, and some days it can be downright overwhelming. They say there’s beauty in the simplicity of things, so wouldn’t it be a great feeling to have a beautiful, quick morning routine that still left you feeling pulled together – even in a pinch? Thankfully there are some areas that you can minimize your mornings to make you feel like the rockstar you indeed are. The result is getting not just yourself but your tribe out the door on time and ready to greet the day! So, let’s dive into how you can simplify your mornings and your life.
Join The Five AM Club
Have you ever heard of the 5:00 am club? The idea behind this is to intentionally wake up while it’s still dark outside. Rising this early can be terrifying if you’re a mother and have been out of the “baby stage” for a while now – you know just how precious sleep is, after all. But, by giving yourself time alone in the mornings, you can start your day on the note and terms you set – not anyone else. When you wake up early, you give yourself time to knock things off your “to-do” list that always seems to fall by the wayside. And, we’re not talking about dishes or laundry here. Knock off the meaningful items like journaling, meditation, exercise, and you name it! The point is, when you set aside time for yourself, you can start the day doing things that bring you joy, which is priceless.
Downsize Your Wardrobe
If you’re already a minimalist, you’ve likely adopted some form of uniform dressing or possess a capsule wardrobe. If you’re not a practicing minimalist, the mountain of clothing in your closet or dressers can add a lot more time and stress to your mornings than you may realize. Take a good, long look at what you own and determine if you genuinely love it, if it fits and if you’ll wear it often. If you can’t answer yes to those questions – donate it, sell it or give it to a friend. You’ll be amazed how much time you save getting dressed every day when you only own clothing you love and feel great in.
Reevaluate Your Routine
When you’re getting dressed in the morning, are you realistic about your time and what you need to get done to feel and look your best? Some women just need to brush their teeth, pull a string from their floss dispenser, do one swipe of mascara, and feel ready. Others may need close to an hour to do their makeup and hair. Neither camp is right or wrong, but reevaluating your routine to be realistic in the mornings will get you further than feeling frustrated you don’t have time for the perfect flat ironed or curled ‘do. Additionally, washing your hair at night before bed can save you a ton of time. Take stock of your morning routine and see where you can tweak it and areas you can drop.
Outsource Where You Can
If you’re living with a partner, this is an accessible area to outsource. But, a lot of us place burdens on ourselves when we could just ask for help. Sure, it may take more effort, in the beginning, to teach our children what they can do to help and how to do it – but you’re only shooting yourself in the foot if you forego these valuable lessons to save yourself the headache of teaching them. So, make sure your children can take on some responsibilities in the mornings, wherever it’s age-appropriate.
Master Quick Styles
With platforms like TikTok and Youtube, there’s a virtual treasure trove of people out there willing to teach you how to master the perfect up-do or braid in less than two minutes. There’s plenty of quick makeup tutorials out there too. Take a few hours to scroll these platforms and find looks that are similar to yours. Having a signature style for your hair or makeup that you can throw up or on in minutes is a timesaver you can’t live without.
Whether you have children or are a busy professional – or like most of us – you’re both, minimizing your morning routine can mean the difference between having a great day or a terrible one. Your mindset in the morning impacts your mood the rest of the day, even for some of the most mindful of us. By utilizing the tips mentioned above, hopefully, you can make your morning load of responsibilities feel lighter and have breezier days. Here’s to you!