This week was back to school for me. This actually means back to work. Back to work means morning mayhem.

I love having my summers off but that means that when school starts each year I have to remake my routine. My goal is always to get my routine down regardless of whether I’m working or not. Working just makes it more essential.

I enjoy getting back in the swing of things. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss sleeping late, binge-watching Gilmore Girls and sneaking in naps during the day. I’d also be lying if I didn’t mention that I like food and shelter more. I’ve grown accustomed to such luxuries.

Now that I don’t have any littles around to get ready in the morning my mornings run a little bit smoother. I still manage most days to be running out the door, coffee cup in hand, trying to remember if I remembered everything. I probably should have tried harder today since I forgot my breakfast. A cheese stick is not a good substitute for a breakfast. Just sayin’.

A few things that help my morning run smoother:

 

I don’t wash my hair everyday. That takes way too much time. Remember when our mothers used to wash and set their hair once a week? What happened that caused us to decide we needed to wash our hair everyday. In truth most people can go 2-3 days in between washings. I wash my hair Wednesdays and Sundays unless something happens to get it really dirty in the meantime. It’s long, thick and has a little bit of curl so it usually ends up in a ponytail, clippie or a messy bun.

 

 

Makeup is minimal. Eyeliner, lipstick and blush are a must every day. If I have time I will add in eye shadow and in the winter I will try to add in tinted moisturizer or foundation. Rarely I will add mascara.  I like it, I just usually don’t wear it.  My usual daily makeup routine takes about 3 minutes at the most.

 

 

I make sure to have my coffee ready the night before. The Keurig is filled and the cup is sitting out waiting for me. I must have my coffee to function. Coffee is not an option. I drink coffee for the protection of those around me. If I can get up early enough, and that is my goal, mornings always start better with coffee and Jesus.

 

 

 

 

Breakfast and lunch is ready for me to grab and go or at least toss in the microwave. Theoretically this happens every day. Realistically it happens once or twice a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am always looking for ways to step up my game in the morning. Share some of your morning tips in the comments.