Nothing is worse than a rushed and stressful morning. Spiked cortisol levels first thing in the AM can make your entire day feel chaotic, like you’re constantly playing catch-up. On the other hand, starting your day with intention means less stress and more focus during the workday.
The good news is, you don’t have to wake up at 4:00 am to have enough time to get ready in the morning. Start your day of right by following these time-saving tips. You’ll have more time to enjoy a cup of coffee and set your intentions for the day…or just sleep in!
You know that feeling when you’re late for work but you can’t find your keys, wallet, purse, etc.? It’s the worst. Eliminate that feeling forever by setting up a decompression station near your front door.
Add a few hooks or a small end table next to your home’s entrance. When you come home in the evening, hang up your jacket, purse, and keys. They’ll be right where you left them come morning! Easy-peasy.
To make mornings stress-free, check off some of your AM checklist the night before. Make your lunch, prep your morning coffee, lay out your outfit…whatever you can do ahead of time to make your morning easier. We’ve even heard of sleeping in your gym clothes so you can literally hit the ground running in the morning!
Control Your Shower Time
Hands up if you tend to space out in the shower. Hot showers are relaxing and feel amazing, but they can also be a real time drain in the morning if you’re not paying attention.
One option is simply to take a shower in the evening. But if you prefer taking a shower in the morning, set a timer on your phone to buzz you out of your reverie and keep moving. Or, opt for taking a lukewarm shower. The slightly uncomfortable water temperature will help you to shorten your routine. As an added bonus, lukewarm water is actually less drying for skin than hot water!
Use Multi-Tasking Products
If you’re like us, your morning skincare routine can get quite lengthy. While we love the ritual of self-care first thing in the AM, it’s possible to cut down on time while still maintaining a beautiful glow.
The secret? Multi-tasking products! For example, our Geothermal Clay Cleanser can be used as both a face wash and a detoxifying clay mask. Combine moisturizing and sun protection into one step by using our Moisture Shield with SPF 30. Our Vitamin C Ampoules double as a primer under your make-up and our Dramatic Lightening Potion not only reduces and prevents melasma, it also provides a blurring effect, eliminating the need for a tinted moisturizer. In a pinch, when using our Dew Perfector you can skip the moisturizer: The lactic acid not only exfoliates, it is a humectant so it also pulls moisture into the skin resulting in plump, hydrated skin. As an added benefit, Dew Perfector contains willow bark, a natural form of salicylic acid, that helps reduce the appearance of acne so you can skip you spot treatment as well!
Eat on the Run
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…but who has the time? Keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge, or make a batch of homemade energy bars on Sunday that you can easily grab as you head out the door. If you don’t mind waiting a bit, keep your healthy breakfast options in the office kitchen so you can have your first meal once you get to work.
How do you save time in the morning?
Mechanical engineer and Wharton MBA, Maya Crothers, began her career in corporate America where she worked in consulting and operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. After leaving the corporate world and moving to Jackson Hole, WY she found the need for high performance, clean skincare that could stand up to extreme environments. This led to her founding Circcell Skincare. She lives in Jackson Hole with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.