So we have all been there: running late and having to compromise. Either styled hair or matching socks, but no time for both.
Especially during my early college days I would have to set my alarm an hour earlier than I needed to be up, and I STILL was rolling into work late and looking a mess! Until I came up with a game plan.
First thing is ACCEPTANCE. Accept that you are the kind of person that has trouble waking up- ITS OKAY! You just gotta make peace with this fact, and tweak your grooming schedule accordingly. Instead of sinking into that shitty feeling you'll get as soon as you sit up and gasp at the clock, pull yourself together- you can do this!
Second thing is TIMING. How many minutes do you have before you need to be out the door? Not like in an ideal world, like how many actual minutes do you have before you need to twist the keys and get out that door? Ten? Okay great now use those minutes wisely- by timing yourself. Take advantage of that phone timer, Fitbit, or bark at Siri to do it for you. Set a timer for two minutes- that is exactly how long it should take you to get dressed. Which brings me to the next topic.
The third thing is GET DRESSED. Clothes- get them on you! This is the most important part because everything else is negotiable, wearing clothes is not. My go to when I am running behind is a neutral dress, because obviously it takes less time to pick out than a top+pants. Throw tights, a scarf, or cardigan with it if the weather is chilly. Choose sensible shoes, and simply jewelry like pearl studs. You've got two minutes so do not take any fashion risks here. Nothing you haven't worn or tried on before. Pick something comfortable that fits, and move on!
As soon as your two minutes from clothes is up, move on to the fourth item: MAKEUP. You've got 3 minutes. I know what you are thinking: "IT CANT BE DONE!" But yes, trust me it can. You just have to make some sacrifices (ie: no contouring today). On a day where I am really running behind, I am only concerned with the essentials.
For me that consists of an all over mineral powder foundation, swipe of a neutral eyeshadow on the lid, winged eyeliner, mascara, and some tinted chapstick. That should be enough you make you look alive, but is totally manageable in 3 minutes. If you aren't a pro at eyeliner, skip it and go for an extra coat of mascara for bolder lashes, or use a brow pencil to do some light shaping.
Next we have the fifth item HAIR. You've got 4 minutes here. Depending on how long its been since the last wash, what texture you've got etc, you have to make a quick choice and roll with it. Ideally while you are applying your makeup, you can map out what to do with that mop head and make a mental game plan.
If my wavy hair is in its natural state, I opt to add more curls. I found this bomb quick curling tutorial, but I use my hair wand instead of a curling iron. I let that baby preheat while I'm doing my makeup and then go to town.
If it was recently straightened, that saves me a little time. I opt for my hair straightening brush, only focusing on the outer layers of hair. Make sure to get that tricky bump in the back of the head. If you have an extra time left over you can secure it with some bobby pins, go half up, or leave it as is.
If all else fails, and your hair look is falling apart by minute three, opt to throw it in a pony tail, pack some bobby pins in your purse and deal with it on your way. A messy top bun never hurt nobody.
So now you've got one minute left. Breathe. You should be all ready to go by now, but take this extra minute to go over your day mentally. What are you running late to? Do you need to throw a snack in your bag? An extra pair of shoes? Are you supposed to bring anything with you? Take this one minute to make sure you grab anything you'll need like your phone charger, keys, wallet, and your butt. Gather up your purse, outwear, sunglasses etc, and prepare for liftoff!
And there you have it! You should be well prepared and ready to go! Remember that the secret to getting fly in a hurry is largely a mental game. If you can map yourself out quickly, stick with your first choices, and pay attention to your timers- you've got this in the bag!
A few extra tips for those who are perpetually running late like myself:
- Shower and wash your hair after dinner. Letting it air dry before bed will save you from some heat damage. Plus lets get real, if you have a hard enough time getting out of bed, you will likely sleep through that shower alarm too.
- Add a pouch to your bag with your "running late" survival items. Mine includes a Powerbar, simple stud earrings, a few bobby pins and a spare phone charger. These are a few key items that I always forget to grab and really need!
- Set your shoes, purse, keys, outerwear etc in one central location and leave them there everyday. I used to be a flinger. I would fling my purse on the chair, my coat over the rail, my shoes under my coffee table- etc. Cut that out! Keep everything that you need as you walk out the door in one central place. Get yourself a over the door hanger system if you need, but make sure you leave the stuff right where you'll need it.
- Breathe! Do not waste precious time going into panick mode, you can do this!
Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me your tips for getting fly on the fly! Cheers!
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