Wednesday, 3 September 2014

5 Ways to Get Ready Quicker in the Morning

As it's the beginning of September (insert cliché year going quickly comment), most people are back to work, school or uni, and that means that people will be waking up early again ready to do a hard days work. Like most of you my alarm goes off very early every weekday morning, and I have to be out of the house pretty early as well. I don't know about you, but I am definitely not at my best pre-7am, so anything I can do to make my morning routine quicker and easier is fine by me! So here are my top 5 tips of how to speed up the getting ready process.

Pouring Milk into Porridge

1. Breakfast

I am a firm believer in breakfast being the most important meal of the day, personally I don't really function until I've got some food inside me, so this is not something I am willing to forfeit for an extra 15 minutes in bed. However, to streamline the process, whilst still being healthy and nutritious, I go for porridge. Porridge is cheap, easy, filling and very yummy. To save time, I mix up my porridge last thing at night, using the following recipe:
  • 45g porridge oats
  • 8 floz of liquid. I don't like my porridge too creamy so I mix water and milk together in mine.
I mix all of those together in the bowl I will eat out of in the morning and just stick it into fridge. In the morning, I can pull the bowl out of the fridge and put it into the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Easy yummy porridge with very little thought process needed. Perfect. I stir a spoon of golden syrup into mine, and I have not gotten bored with this breakfast in two years. Proof that it is amazing. Rich likes to stir peanut butter into his, and adds a banana and raisins, but you can top it with whatever you like.

2. Lunch

On the subject of food, I always take my own packed lunch with me to work. It is healthier and cheaper than buying my food at work, and who wants to spend 5 minutes of their precious break stood in a queue? Not me. 

To save time in a morning, I always prep my lunch the night before. For some easy packed lunch ideas, click here. At the moment I am having a lot of vegetable soup because I am on WeightWatchers, so to do this, I take the soup out of the freezer at night when I make my porridge, and stick it in the fridge to begin to defrost. I leave it in my bag at work until lunchtime when it is usually perfectly defrosted, ready to microwave into comforting healthy yumminess.

3. Showering

I am a night time shower person. If your room and your bed are at the correct temperature you don't sweat whilst you sleep, so there is no need to wait and have one in the morning, taking up valuable sleeping time. It is also far to easy to daydream in the shower, so it is where precious minutes can easily be lost. Do it at night people! I also wash my hair at night and wrap it in a t shirt, so when I wake up in the morning I can take the t shirt off my now dry hair, straighten my fringe and go. So simple, so quick, so easy. 

Dresses in Wardrobe

4. Create your own uniform

Although I work for the NHS I don't have to wear a uniform. This is both a blessing and a curse. I love being able to choose what sort of thing I want to wear for work, and being able to layer up when it's cold and strip down when it's hot, but deciding on outfits wastes precious time in bed. To get around this I have created a set number of work outfits, which I can wear and know I look work appropriate in. So I don't wear the same thing too often I have about 8 dresses which I know I can wear with black tights and a cardigan when it's cold, or with cut off leggings and sandals when it's hot. These are my staple work outfits, I have a few skirt and top combinations as well, but if I don't want to think about how I look, dresses are my key things. 

Bag and Coat hanging on door

5. No surprises

In the mornings I have a routine. My routine is so ingrained into me that I can do it without thinking, which is perfect for my zombie like state. If I had other little things to do in a morning, or if I switched up my order, so much more time would be wasted. Get your routine down pat, with your bag prepped and ready to go, and your shoes and coat in the same place. If you don't have to waste time looking for things, you can get out of the door so much quicker.

So those are my top 5 things which I do to speed up my getting ready for work process. I hope this might have helped a few of you, and do let me know if you are a fellow porridge addict, there has to be some of us out there!

Rachel xx


  1. Weird how we have almost exactly the same routine - down to porridge (I do dark chocolate and banana though) and wrapping hair in a T-shirt! x

  2. I didn't know you worked for the NHS - I do too! I love porridge- it's so comforting and I recently decided to try mixing Nutella through it. I knew immediately that I would never look back to the days when my porridge didn't have Nutella in it. SO GOOD. xxx

  3. I really need to start eating breakfast at home, but then I am hungry mid morning and then I have to try and figure out a snack and then what if I am full for lunch?! It gets complicated. But I am totally the same, I shower at night and lay all my stuff out (on the floor like a classy person) the night before!! x

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