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Make Your Mornings Easier

Make Your Mornings Easier

Tips for not running late and still getting your beauty sleep

This fall semester I start clinicals for my nursing major. My clinical section is on Mondays. At 8am. Yes, Monday mornings I have to get out the door before 8:00.

They tell you never to schedule 8ams (or as few as possible), but I was convinced I was the exception. I love mornings, especially on breaks- waking up to the sun and birds outside, making coffee, spending a few beautiful, quiet moments before the day starts. But the day school hits…let’s just say you better watch out if you decide to mess with me before 9am.

This was a lesson I learned the hard way once I started college.

So I wanted to share a few tips with my fellow non-morning people to make mornings a bit easier. And to let you get at least 15 more minutes of glorious sleep.

(Needless to say, my 8am clinical was not my choice)

Pick your outfit the night before.

Trust me, it might seem unnecessary, but at 7:30am, your closet seems somehow daunting and extremely limited all at once.

Lay out your clothes- even try on the outfit you’re planning on- before you get ready for bed. This ensures that the look you walk out the door in is approved by your (mostly) fully awake self at 11pm and not just your mostly asleep self at 7:30am.

If you want to take it the next step, try using an app like Polyvore to plan a whole week’s worth of outfits. Use this tactic to plan what laundry you need done that week as well. You can also do this by trying on all your outfits on Sunday and taking pics to refer to throughout the week!

SheIn Embroidery Ruffle Top!


You can look nice without a full face of makeup.

Trust me, I know that vulnerable feeling of a bare face. But I also know that a full face of makeup can take up a good majority of my getting ready time. Cut down that time by knowing what products are your must-haves and which can be saved and put on later.

For me, if I have some kind of base on (a BB cream works nicely to put on quickly), powder, a good mascara, and maybe a little neutral eyeshadow, I’m set. I can at least walk out the door feeling put-together and not bare-faced. I might come back between classes if I have time and add eyeliner, lipstick, etc. when I have more time.

But these products can be different for everyone- some people feel perfectly fine with a quick swipe of lipstick for color and a coat of mascara. Find your minimum, and set out those products the night before if if helps!


This one might be obvious, but utilize the time your Keurig is brewing your coffee to brush your teeth. If you bake under your eyes, apply eyeshadow while they’re baking. Have a science or history exam? Watch Crash Course videos while doing your makeup! Every minute counts, so save time by planning ahead and multitasking.

Don’t skip breakfast!

I don’t care if scientists prove it wrong: I stand by the fact that breakfast is the most important meal.

But I don’t have time to make/buy breakfast in the mornings!

Neither do I! On the days that I do, I love to make a hot oatmeal or avocado toast. But those Sunday nights pre-clinical? You best believe I make overnight oats or make sure I have a yogurt ready for Monday morning!

So that’s it! I hope one or two of these helped you. What are your tips for saving time in the morning?

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