A frantic morning is a stressful way to start the day. You want to arrive at work on time, look put together and feel prepared. It’s a challenge for everyone, especially for working moms. We decided to search out some celebrity tips & tricks to help you save time and start your day off right.
BONUS: 8 Great Breakfast Ideas for Your busy Morning
Prepare food on the weekend
Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow both cook on the weekend. Gwyneth shared on her GOOP website that she meal plans and takes advantage of meal delivery services for ingredients.
Kate Hudson batch cooks on Sundays for the week. In her book Pretty Happy she writes “I make a list of all my basic ingredients for the week, and head to the supermarket. I lay everything out at home and crank up some great tunes. I get out my supplies: containers, pans, steamers, blenders, and bowls. Then I prepare several dishes and meals.”
We also love salads in a jar that stay fresh all week.
Make your breakfast the night before
Preparing a smoothie the night before makes breakfast simple. Throw the fruit in the cup and then add the liquids in the morning and blend. Or mix it up at night and just shake it the morning. Kourtney Kardashian says “I have my avocado shake pretty much every day.”
The bullet is easy to wash and the cups have to-go lids for those of you who eat on the run. This site provides tonnes of recipes.
What about trying these overnight oats?
Check the weather
I am guilty of not doing this every day and getting dressed based on yesterday’s weather. In Montreal with our daily seasonal changes, evenings can look different from the mornings. This means I’ve worn a winter coat in hot weather or dressed for Spring in a surprise snowstorm. Keeping a sweater at the office means that if this happens, you don’t have to worry that you dressed for the wrong season.
Lay out your clothes
This is pretty key. Too many times I have decided to figure out my outfit that morning and lost 30 minutes that I don’t have. My smart friends lay their clothes out the night before. Real pros decide on the week’s outfits on Sunday and hang everything up by day in their closet. Pack your gym bag and purse the night before so you aren’t running around looking for your keys or cell phone.
Rachel Zoe told Well + Good “I spend 15 minutes getting myself ready, starting with a quick five-minute makeup routine. The key to getting dressed quickly in the morning is having your go-to’s front and center. It’s knowing what’s in your closet that you know makes you look and feel good.”
Get a great night’s sleep
You also want to make sure you sleep well so you wake up feeling refreshed. Turn off all of your screens an hour before bed so they don’t affect your sleep. Enjoy a herbal tea or hot water with lemon to relax, or take a bath.
Mandy Moore likes to listen to music. “Baths feel particularly indulgent, so I always feel a bit guilty, but nothing is better after a long day of shooting. A glass of wine, some new goop bath salts and a Wayne Shorter or Miles Davis record.”
Keep a notepad and pen next to your bed so you can write down your thoughts that pop up at 3 am if your brain starts writing to-do lists.
Set your alarm 30 minutes early
Lauren Conrad suggests setting your alarm 30 minutes before you actually have to get up so you have some time to yourself in the morning to breathe. “Your morning sets the tone for your whole day ahead—and it can either be calm and pleasant or stressful and hectic.” This way you can snooze once and not stress out. With this extra time, do a few yoga poses, go for a short walk, or sit down to enjoy your coffee.
Do your nails & hair the night before
There is no better time to do your nails then at night when you are catching up on Netflix. The wait for them to dry won’t be as boring. The same applies to your hair. If you can organize yourself to wash it before bed, you can literally wake up with gorgeous Rihanna waves.
This video shows you how to use a t-shirt to wrap your hair at night and wake up with epic hair. You can also curl your hair the night before with a curling iron. To wake up with beachy curls, make the curls tighter (by holding them on the curling iron longer than usual) and don’t brush them out until the morning. By then, they will have calmed down and you can run your fingers through the curls and spritz them with hairspray.
My favorite way to get great waves is to braid my hair the night before. Two French braids on either side of my head does the trick and they are comfortable to sleep in.
Stick to a simple make-up routine
A great way to save time is to simplify your make-up routine. Use 2-in-1 products like a lipstick that doubles as a blush. If you really want to do the black liquid liner cat eye, take advantage of the trend to keep the lines shorter and just line the corner of your eye. Think of it as a flick as opposed to the perfect line across your whole lid.
Use a gloss for your lips instead of the full lipliner and lipstick. Pluck your eyebrows at night. Keep all your make-up organized and easy to reach. If you bring your make-up to work, keep your top used products in a small bag and your whole collection in another.
Meghan Markle told Allure “My routine is very simple — I call it the five-minute face. It's just Touche Éclat, curled lashes, mascara, Chap Stick, and a little bit of blush. That is my favorite kind of look. “
What are your favorite time savers?