The Key To Getting Ready In 10 Minutes Or Less
Most of your current morning routine should be accomplished at night, so that you can get up and out the door in less than 10 minutes in the morning. Here’s what you should do before going to bed:
- Shower and shave
- Use deodorant and aftershave
- Lay out clothes for the next day
- Sleep in the clothes you plan to wear tomorrow (t-shirt and socks, at least)
- Pack bags and/or briefcase and leave by front door
- Pack lunch and have a quick breakfast snack ready to go
Tips For Men
For most men the biggest time suck in the morning is probably just getting out of bed in the first place and shaking off the grogginess. Once that is accomplished, there really isn’t much to do except use the toilet and throw on some clothes – assuming that you’ve already done all your prep the night before.
One easy tip to save a minute is to brush your teeth while you’re sitting on the toilet. Don’t waste those precious seconds on your smartphone. Just brush your teeth and then rinse out your mouth while you’re washing your hands.
Styling your hair does not have to be a big deal. If your shower has a hose attachment, then just lean into the shower and quickly hose your head. Then vigorously towel dry your hair and hands and run a bit of hair gel or putty through your hair. You don’t even need to use a comb or brush. This can all be done in about 60 seconds.
Grab your bottle of iced coffee and a breakfast bar or premade sandwich from the fridge on your way out the door.
Tips For Women
For the girls, the biggest challenge in the morning will be to apply makeup quickly. The key is to wash your face thoroughly and then apply a quick layer of BB cream as foundation, then lips and cheeks in seconds, followed by eyebrow gel, powder and mascara. It’s super-fast. Check out this Buzzfeed article about putting on your makeup in five minutes or less.
Tips For Students
Hey students! Getting ready for school in just 10 minutes is also possible! If you’re on the “low maintenance” end of the spectrum when it comes to fashion and grooming, then you’ll find that 99% of your morning routine can actually be done at night before going to bed. You can shower, shave, pack up your backpack, lay out your clothes, get breakfast and lunch ready and even sleep in your clean school clothes after showering at bedtime – assuming you just wear a t-shirt to school.
So really, if you can do all of that stuff the night before, then all you have to do is get out of bed, wash your face, use the toilet, brush your teeth and do your makeup and hair. These can all be done in less than 10 minutes. The Youtube video below has some quick makeup and hair styling tips for girls getting ready in a rush, so check that out. For the guys, a quick head soak under the sink faucet or hose/shower attachment followed by towel drying your hair and running a dab of putty through your hair is all you need.
Take a few minutes at bedtime to prep as much as you can for the next day, and you’ll find that it is totally possible to get up and out the door to school or work within 10 minutes or less.