Your snooze button goes off and the gauntlet begins. You have 20 minutes to throw together an outfit, add mascara and blush, brush your teeth and run out the door. When you start your day, every minute counts, so figuring out how to get ready faster in the morning can mean the difference between arriving at work flustered and frazzled or feeling like 100 percent. But, who better to turn to for advice on streamlining your own a.m. routine than from entrepreneurs and fashion experts who face the same struggles every day.
Below, find six tips that those juggling overwhelmingly hectic schedules have enlisted to improve their own morning efficiency. Some suggestions offer ways to think ahead so you're not scrambling last minute, others are about making the morning of as painless as possible. While there may not yet be a solution to snoozing your alarm five or six times, you'll at least be able to gain a few of those precious seconds back once you're up and active. Armed with their advice (and shopping to help you achieve it, of course), you may actually enjoy getting ready. So, focus on your coffee and commute and let the rest of your pre-work anxiety dissipate.
Plan The Night Before
"Pick your outfit and pack your bag(s) the night before. The fewer decisions I have to make in the morning, the better." –Heidi Zak, CEO and co-founder ThirdLove
Organize to your uniform
"Once you have the uniform nailed, organize your closet by category so that you can quick grab and throw on an outfit with complete ease. Gift or donate anything that sits outside of your uniform — and make smart cuts. In my case, that’s anything that requires tricky styling to make the piece work. Too much fuss is a time-waster!" –Jac Cameron, creative director of AYR
Focus Just On Accessories
"It’s all in the details: When in doubt, rely on your accessories and a comfortable pair of heels. Whether you prefer to make a statement or like simple and dainty, a necklace, timeless watch, or printed pump can make any bland outfit stand out." –Lori Coulter, co-founder of Summersalt
Snap A Picture
"To help me make it to the office rather than spending the day staring at my clothes (and my husband throwing my piles of clothes out the window), I take pictures of outfits I love and then plot my outfit mid-workout. It's not revolutionary, but it helps me get out the door at a normal time." –Jacq Tatelman, Co-Founder of STATE Bags
Utilize Old Favorites
"I streamline my mornings by wearing at least one thing that I wore the day before, so it’s usually on the floor. It’s easier than starting from scratch." –Molly Howard, CEO La Ligne
Make Use Of Your Weekends
“To keep my week streamlined, I always organize my looks on Sunday, and keep it simple with Good American jeans, a T-shirt and a classic jacket or blazer. I wear minimal makeup during the week to save time in the morning, and stick to the basics like blush and [Glossier's] Boy Brow." –Emma Grede, CEO and co-founder of Good American