Issue 12  •  Spring 2013

How To Get Ready in 13 Minutes or Less

Written by Josie Schoel
            Active Image              So, you seem to be getting to school or work a wee bit late every day. This might be OK the first few times, but once you find yourself meandering into that very important presentation with your half drunk cup of coffee and last night still on your brain, you know it's time to make a change.                         
 So, you seem to be getting to school or work a wee bit late every day. This might be OK the first few times, but once you find yourself meandering into that very important presentation with your half drunk cup of coffee and last night still on your brain, you know it's time to make a change.

Since your boss/teacher keeps looking at you skeptically when you insist that the trains were running slow again, or that your car wouldn’t start right away, you should probably either find another route or get a new morning routine. The latter is surprisingly easier than you think. Getting reading in thirteen minutes may seem an impossible feat to the uniformed, yet, if you take a few of these tips into consideration, you will be at your desk on time, as cute and fresh as a daisy.

The Outfit: three minutes

The first order of the day is not the shower, as many young ladies tend to believe; rather, it is the selecting of clothes. Maybe your mom or dad used to make you pick out your outfit the night before and put it in a neat little pile near the bed, and perhaps, if you are lucky, you carried this habit into adulthood. If not, you probably won't reestablish it at this point (though it can’t hurt to try if you’re up for the challenge).

So, what you need to do is take a few extra moments while still in bed to contemplate your wardrobe. What do you have that's clean? Are you in a flirty skirt mood? Would you rather wear a librarian dress? Jeans and a tee? This is a much better tactic than the age-old "try stuff on and throw it on the floor" as some are wont to do. The hard part is all in the decision making; once you’ve mastered that in your half sleep, you’re golden. Put your picked-out clothes aside so they’re ready and waiting for you post shower.

The Shower: five minutes

Once you’ve found an outfit that best fits your mood for the day, it is time to shower. Some prefer the nighttime shower, whereas others prefer the morning shower. The nighttime shower has the illusion of aiding in the thirteen-minute morning, but in actuality, it is the morning shower that really wakes you up and keeps you on the ball for the next few minutes and steps.

Tip: You might want to try eating your breakfast in the shower; it sounds a little odd, I know, but it can actually be somewhat effective. Grab a bowl of Kashi and munch away while you bask in warm water greatness.

The Makeup: three minutes

If you are a makeup wearer, try to keep the application to no more than three minutes. Think light and simple: apply a few strokes of mascara, dab your cheekbones with blush, and finish with a layer of gloss. (You can, of course, acclimate to reflect your personal choice and style.) It looks better this way and it is much faster than applying loads of foundation and eye shadow!

The Hair: two minutes
Brush out all the knots and style it in the basic shape you want it to take later in the day. Do not blow-dry. Better for your hair, better for the environment, and better at getting you to your desk on time.

Extra tips:
• If you really don't have time for a shower, use baby powder on your hair but make sure the white isn't showing when you leave the house.You don't want to look like a Tory!
• If you are a coffee drinker, brew it the night before. Drink throughout the thirteen-minute morning, or even pour it in a to-go cup and bring with.
• Always know where your keys, favorite coffee cup, phone, etc. are. You can’t afford surprises when getting ready in thirteen minutes—it needs to be like clockwork.
• If Pop-Tarts and your morning shower just don’t mix, try saving breakfast for later. Some believe that breakfast is a waste of time, but the fact is, it is the most important meal of the day. You need to eat. One option is, you can eat at work. Most offices don't mind if you store oatmeal or yogurt or whatever it is you like to eat in the morning at the office. Eating at your desk serves two purposes: It doesn't cut into your thirteen-minute morning, and it makes the office feel a bit more like home. OK, that isn't always the best thing in the world, but if you are there for forty+ hours a week, it should feel a bit comforting.

As for bringing your breakfast to school, sorry, you might be out on this one…but maybe you’re lucky and you happen to have a cool teacher for homeroom, or your first class of the day. If not, eating on the bus, train, or in your car might be the way to squeeze in a compact and portable first meal of the day.
Illustration by Taschka Turnquist

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