I spend the majority of my time at home. This means literally no one sees me except my husband and my son on most days. Does this mean I get a pass on getting ready? Does it mean I have to skip breakfast? No! It means that I can and should focus on these things. I think it’s a rut all of us who stay at home or work from home fall into. We aren’t able to find the value in getting ready because we think that no one will see us. I’m going to be real with you for a moment, though, and I’m going to say that the most important person in the world sees you. That person is you.
Getting dressed has been proven to make you feel better and be more productive. Why wouldn’t you want that for yourself? The truth is that I think we all want it desperately, but we think about the amount of time it would take to do. We pass on the shower because we see it as a 30-minute endeavor. It should really be much shorter than that. We waste A LOT of water in the shower. More importantly, though, we value that time so much that we put it off to get other things done, but we aren’t as productive cause we feel icky. I’d say with a shower this simple morning routine that I’m introducing should take you about 15-minutes.
I’ve already talked about how you can dazzle at any playdate. This is seriously the kind of thing that will help you look and feel more put together. Getting yourself dressed in the morning is no different. It’s vital to feeling like you’ve got your life together.
Why haven’t you been getting ready every morning?
The truth is that we don’t think we have enough time. How are we going to get everything on our list done? Well, I’ll be honest it’s like anything else in your life, and you have to make modifications. You have to choose what parts of your day are the most important. What do you value the most in your morning routine?
Truthfully, I can get ready and start my breakfast in under 10 minutes. Hell, I could probably eat my breakfast in that time frame as well, but I stop caring at that point, because I’ve already joined my family. I can eat a bagel and play blocks after all. How can you make sure you get ready every morning?
Make yourself a priority
This means that you’ll have to think about how to make this possible. If your husband works outside of the home, it may mean getting up earlier. I promise that getting up before him will mean that you get a shower, brush your teeth, and the ability to put on makeup. My husband works from home so he gets up with our son while I get ready then we trade places.
Get clear on your value adding tasks
What parts of your morning routine actually make you feel better? For me, it’s all about brushing those teeth and putting on clothes that make me feel like I’m not a wannabe gym rat. I love yoga pants as much as the next guy, but I know I can only wear them so many days in a row without feeling gross. These are the tasks that must be done EVERY morning for me to feel good. What are yours?
Make self-care a routine
If you don’t make it a routine, you’ll forget to do it. This is HUGE. I get up and do the things that are important to me. Breakfast is pretty much #2 on the list.
Pick out your outfits
I like to do this the night before. I suggest a capsule wardrobe to avoid decision fatigue but also to have options.
Seriously ladies, I hope you don’t skip this one. I know you’ve heard about how it’s the most important meal of the day your whole life, but let’s be real our kids mimic what we do. If we skip breakfast, they’ll skip breakfast. I’d have one cranky 20-month-old if he did that. So let’s set forward good, healthy habits for ourselves and our kids. We will all feel better and meal times will be less of a fight. I eat a bagel and cream cheese or a container of yogurt. These things take less than 5 minutes. You can do it!