4 Steps to a 15-Minute Morning Routine

Running late? Check out these tips to simplify your morning routine.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #222

Have a Uniform

The next tip is one step past just picking out a daily outfit and it is to have a uniform type style. Remember how Steve Jobs always had on jeans and a turtleneck? He wore the same thing every day so he didn’t have to waste time making a decision on what to wear each morning. There are many successful people who also follow this philosophy because they know that their time is better spent on bigger, more important decisions.

Many successful people follow this philosophy because they know that their time is better spent on bigger, more important decisions.

I’ll be honest that guys seem to have this down more than women do. They can grab almost any pair of dress pants and a dress shirt and be ready for work, or jeans and a tee and be ready for a day off. We women tend to make things more difficult for ourselves, which is why it’s even more important to come up with your “uniform” for each day. You may choose to wear dress skirt and button up each day for work. Or, if you’re a stay at home mom, a pair of jeggings and a long tee each day so you look good in the house and out running errands. Once you decide on what your uniform is going to be, put all those items together in your closet. If all these items can mix and match, you can literally just grab one of each with little to no thought in the morning. Do this for a week or two and you may be surprised to realize how much time you are shaving off your morning routine.

Simplify Your Beauty Routine

The final tip is to simplify what you need to do each morning to get ready. When we were living on the road in our RV, I learned a little trick to help simplify my morning routine. I had already trained my hair to only need to be washed about once a week by stretching the time in between washes by a day at a time. While this was handy for not needing to spend time washing and drying my hair each day, it created a little challenge if I didn’t blow dry my hair that first day. When I got into the habit of washing and blowdrying my hair straight once a week, I could do quicker showers at night and touchups with a flat iron on my hair all the other days. Even if you can’t go a full week between washes, you can still probably buy an extra day of not washing by using dry shampoo. Each morning you can get out of the house without washing and drying your hair is another morning you can get ready in 15 minutes or less.

Makeup can be another morning task that can eat up significant amounts of time. To help speed up the makeup process, I’d recommend organizing your makeup to only have the items you use on a daily basis kept near your sink. All other makeup can be kept in a cabinet and pulled out when it’s needed. This way, you still have your evening and special occasion makeup handy, but you don’t have to dig through to find your everyday items.

When it comes down to it, the key to being able to get ready quickly each morning is being prepared and simplified. Mornings can be hectic, so the less you leave to chance, the more likely you are going to be to not have unexpected delays.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.