This morning decided it. I am the queen of getting out of bed, ready for work and into my car in 20 minutes.
For those of you in awe of my awesome life skillz, here are some tips to help you become as awesome as me:
Find your underwear the night before.
Women’s clothing is sexist, right? All sheer and flimsy and crap. Which means you have to see if your underwear is visible through your clothes before you get dressed. If you can be bothered/remember to check this, that is. I’m pretty terrible at it. I have yet to work out how to keep an underwear drawer from becoming a giant mess of mis-matched socks with holes in them, so I find it really helps the morning if I dig through the drawer for underwear the night before.
Wash your clothes the night before.
The real reason I try to find my clothes the night before is that I don’t have a great deal of clothes, and even fewer work clothes. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to find my work clothes for the next day at 9pm and realised they’re all dirty. Not dirty as in mud, but dirty as in worn and I probably should wash them. That’s when I become thankful that my husband talked me into getting a dryer years ago and I throw them in, go to bed and tell him to stay up long enough to put them in the dryer for me. The best part is, he does!
Don’t make your lunch the night before.
I hate food that has been made ages before I eat it. Unless it’s leftovers or something I’ve cooked a large batch of and frozen. But sandwiches and stuff…yuck!
Do whatever wakes you up.
For me it’s a shower. The hard part of that is not staying in there when it’s winter. Because even though it’s Queensland and not really that cold, our houses aren’t built for any cold, so walking around naked is still not pleasant in winter.
If what wakes you up is coffee, do that.
Basically dedicate half your time to a super waking up activity so that you have the energy to blast through the rest of it.
Have a mental checklist.
Before I leave the house I check the following:
- Am I wearing pants? (For some reason it’s only pants I’m worried I’ll forget, not tops.)
- Do I have my wallet/phone/charger?
- Am I holding my car keys? (Often, no, I’m not.)
- Did I brush my teeth?
- Breakfast can be eaten while standing waiting for public transport.
- Eyes can be double checked for morning goop on your phone (front camera!) or in your rear view mirror (only if you’re parked/safe).
Remember, no one is checking you out in the morning. They’re all doing what you’re doing: internally cursing winter and the fact it’s 7am.
What are your tips for getting ready in the absolute minimum amount of time?
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