Tips and Tricks for More Efficiently Getting Ready for Work

Are your mornings rushed and chaotic? Do you find yourself applying mascara at red lights and scarfing down bagels as you consistently punch in 10 minutes late?

This probably goes without saying, but you need to allow yourself more time to get ready for work.

It's easier said than done, that's for sure, but with the tips and tricks listed in this article, it might not be quite as difficult as you think.

Choose Your Outfits Ahead of Time

Turns out, your mom may have been on to something when she'd instruct you to lay out your school clothes the night before.

It may seem juvenile to readopt this habit, but it can cut significant time off your morning routine, especially if you have a habit of trying on three or four outfits before you're satisfied with your appearance.

You can make things especially easy on yourself by choosing your outfits for the entire week on Sunday afternoons. That will provide ample time to wash, dry, and iron garments and to sort them into outfits.

You might even want to select your accessories ahead of time and place them in a ziplock bag that's affixed to the appropriate hanger.

Prepare Your Meals the Night Before

If you always seem to run out of time to make and/or eat breakfast in the morning and forget to bring a lunch more often than not, then you should consider putting your meals together the night before.

You can make some quick - and delicious! - overnight oats by simply combining rolled oats, yogurt, chia seeds, and dried fruit. After sitting in the fridge for a few hours, overnight oats become soft and incredibly tasty. Breakfast doesn't get any easier than that!

As for lunch, you might want to consider assembling a week's worth of lunches during the weekend. You can throw together some homemade "hot pockets" with all your favorite veggies, a little cheese, and some tomato sauce on whole wheat pizza dough. Just roll out small circles of dough, add your ingredients to one half of the dough round, fold the dough over and seal it in place with the back of a fork. Then, stick your "hot pockets" in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, and you've got yourself some super delicious lunches!

Best of all, these tasty treats can be stored in the freezer for at least a week or two, so you can make these bad boys way in advance.

Organize Your Bathroom

If sorting though drawers full of makeup slows you down each morning, then it might be wise to pare down your supplies and get things more organized.

Chances are, you only use a few basic items on a daily basis; group these items together - and keep them together! - and you could shave minutes off your daily routine.

You can also throw out (or give away) hair products, perfume, lotion, and other personal care items that you no longer use. This will free up some counterspace so your bathroom doesn't feel so cluttered, which could lower your stress levels as you're getting ready for work.

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