Ah, the joy of going back to work. Summer’s officially drawing to a close and although we don’t care much to admit it, it’s (almost) time to face reality. But what if there was a way to make the transition from long days in the sun to busy commutes a little more, manageable?
Fortunately, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure you’ve got your act together and can get out the door looking polished and professional – quickly.
Plan your outfits in advance
Stay one step ahead of the game and set aside some time on Sunday to go through the upcoming week, planning your outfits to match your diary. By getting it all out of the way before the week starts, you’ll sleep peacefully knowing you’ll never have the inevitable Monday morning nothing-to-wear dilemma and avoid last minute panic dressing before you rush off to work. Oh, how we wish we had a Cher à la Clueless outfit planner, but for now we’ll have to make do with the old fashioned way.
Use multi-tasking products
Do you really need to apply a serum, primer, SPF and moisturiser each morning? Call us lazy, but we’ll take an extra ten minutes in bed over a never-ending skincare routine any day. The trick? Multi-tasking skincare products that cover all bases (literally) in just one step, aka your fairy godmother. The same goes for your make-up bag; look to time-saving products like a BB cream or foundation stick that doubles up as a concealer to skimp on minutes spent in front of the mirror. Added bonus; they’ll take up less room on your bathroom shelf, too.
Dry shampoo is your new BFF
Skip the time-consuming wash and blow dry each morning and enjoy some extra time in bed by saving lengthy hair washes for the evenings. Come morning, spruce up bed hair with a blast of dry shampoo to the roots; it’ll quickly create the illusion of a freshly washed do. By blow-drying just the front pieces that frame the face, you’ll look like you’ve committed to the real deal. When you’ve only got thirty seconds before you dash off, a sleek top knot is a fail-safe alternative for a shortcut to chic, and can be done on the run.
Make a power breakfast smoothie the night before
Forget making your brekkie in the morning or even worse – skipping breakfast because you’ve run out of time; the night before is the perfect time to prep. Throw a healthy dose of oats, fruit and coconut milk into a blender et voila, you have your own, ready-to-go brekkie to store in the fridge the night before to grab and go in the morning. The same goes for your lunches too. Get organised and put those dinner leftovers to good use by taking them in the next day.
Swap your workout for a power walk
In an ideal world, we’d have a glorious session at the gym, sing-a-long shower and bouncing blow dry before setting off for work. In reality, we’ve already hit snooze on the alarm a few times and the minutes left to catch the train mean we’ve barely got time to get dressed, let alone workout. Instead, maximise your commute by power-walking to work (or as far as you can). No shower at the office? Pack refreshing wipes and deodorant to freshen up in a flash, and keep a pair of heels under your desk to slip into on arrival. No one will know you just ticked off your workout, and you’ll feel ready to face the day.