I’ve never been a morning person. Despite that, for years I worked in a profession that required I be out the door by 6:30 am. Even though I didn’t relish my early days I still managed to find time for long showers and styled hair. After kids, a long shower and a blow-out on a weekday morning became a distant dream. However, even if loads of time to focus on myself are long gone, I want to make sure I don’t look like I spent zero time on myself. I don’t want to be that mom that’s hiding in her car during drop off because she didn’t brush her hair and is still in P.J.’s. I definitely can’t walk into work that way.
Getting myself and my kids out the door so that we are all on time requires a solid routine and a great deal of multitasking. Even though I can’t spend as much time on myself as I used to, here are my tips and tricks for getting out the door looking and feeling good in no time flat.
Sneak In Time to Yourself
Rolling out of bed and immediately focusing on everyone else sets a bad precedent. Taking care of yourself needs to be a priority too. Even if the extra time just means getting out of bed five minutes earlier so you can have half a cup of coffee and get your head straight or do one sun salutation it is worth it.
Multi-Tasking is a Must
Every minute counts in the morning. While I’m all for mindfulness and focus, lengthy stretches of that are better left for other times of the day. In order to get a jump on things I listen to the news through an app on my phone while I get my coffee and brush my teeth. Breakfast is warming up in the toaster oven while I take a quick shower. Even my makeup multi-tasks for me (see what bareMinerals Complexion Rescue does for me below.)
I used to have a makeup bag full of options. Not only is this too much to concern myself with when I need to get so much done but it is also increasingly unnecessary. With the right products, I can pare my makeup routine way back. If I need sunscreen, moisturizer, and a little help with my complexion that should be from one product. I don’t have time for three or four. Luckily, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue has me covered. It’s a hydrating gel cream, offers mineral-based broad spectrum SPF 30 for sun protection and provides radiant coverage in one product. As you can see from the before and after split image below (no filters used) it looks great!
Using products that have the multitasking built in also means you can limit the items in that everyday makeup bag. If you don’t have to dig past multiple tubes of lipstick you won’t be wearing to find the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and the two or three items you will be using you’ll save still more time.
Plan Ahead and Shift Tasks to the Night Before
If it weren’t for the self-timer on my coffee maker I’m not sure any weekday morning would work. No matter what function I might need to attend in the evening I always make sure I have a pot of coffee teed up and ready to go for the next morning. As I get ready for bed in the evenings I make it a habit to check the weather for the next day and think about what I might wear. If I need to go grocery shopping on my way to or from work I make the list and make sure that list is in my handbag the night before.
Have a Backup Plan
There are days when the alarm doesn’t go off or you are jetlagged or maybe a kid was up during the night and you don’t get up on time. It won’t be a great morning but consider the limited things that are absolute musts and you might still make it out the door on time. For me that might mean the kids suck down a tube of yogurt and eat a banana while we are walking out the door. My routine might be limited to dry shampoo, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, mascara and brushing my teeth.
Need some extra inspiration? Watch this busy mom keep track of her toddler while she get’s herself ready.
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