Helpful Habits For Non-Morning People

Every night when I go to bed, I tell myself tomorrow’s the day I become a morning person and wake up two hours early. I fantasize about all the things I could do with the extra time: Bike down to the pool and go for a swim! Write a blog post! Do some yoga! Read a few chapters of a book! Make a home-cooked breakfast! Get to the shop early and start on my to do-lists! Make more to-do lists!

But every morning, my feet hit the floor about thirty minutes before I have to leave the house. Whether I oversleep or spend too much time under the covers scrolling through Instagram, I just can’t seem to get the hang of “seizing the day” before it’s absolutely necessary.

Maybe I’ll figure it out in the next decade.

In the meantime, here are some of my best habits for making the most of limited time in the morning.

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Wash and dry your hair at night. Nothing sets me back in the morning like having to squeeze in extra time for a shampoo and blow-out before work. To buy myself more time in the AM, I lather up every other night, and make sure my hair is completely dry before I go to bed. Then in the morning, I only need about five minutes to smooth it with my flat iron or add a few messy waves. I’m currently using this texture boost dry spray wax for everyday tousled flexible hold.

Set a phone/tablet deadline. I love to wake up and scroll through social media first thing in the morning, but it can quickly escalate into a ‘holy-shizz-I’ve-been-on-Instagram-for-30-minutes’ situation. Same goes for Hautelook browsing and blog reading. I cut myself off at the same time every morning, and then it’s just Pandora or Netflix as background while I get ready.

Master your ‘five minute face’. My everyday look is a natural-finish foundation, bronzer, defined brows, blush and mascara. Every woman needs an everyday ‘signature’ beauty routine that makes her feel confident and put-together in minimal time. It’s different for everyone: one of my girlfriends can do perfect winged liner in 30 seconds, and another wears next-to-nothing and always looks fresh faced and beautiful. Just remember, now is not the time to try the new contouring technique you watched on YouTube last night or play with new products; stick to what you know and save the experimentation for when you have at least an hour to dedicate to your makeup.

Figure out your uniform. My weekday OOTDs are basically variations of three simple combos: 1.) high-waist skinny jeans + boxy tee/boyfriend shirt; 2.) doubled-up denim, or 3.) easy comfy one-pieces (dresses or rompers). Find a few outfits you love that are practical for your lifestyle, and stock your closet with pieces that fit into those ‘recipes’ in different colors, prints, and textures. Having a few go-to everyday uniforms majorly cuts down on the time you spend picking out outfits in the morning.

Keep your closet organized and tidy. Of course, none of that matters if you can’t find your clothes! I try to set aside a few hours every Sunday to tackle the laundry and put everything back in my closet so I’m ready for the week. When I’m feeling extra productive, I iron my button-downs and dresses before I hang them so I can just grab and go. For inspiration, check out these 20 ideas for organizing your bedroom closet.

Make breakfast simple. I keep my freezer stocked with frozen coffee cubes for quick and easy iced coffee, then I quickly spread some peanut or almond butter on multigrain rice cakes and grab a banana on my way out the door.

For more helpful habits, check out WWW’s 5 things you should do every Sunday to reset for the week ahead!

{Featured Image Source: Inslee Haynes }

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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