When we were first married and moved in together Derek and I would have plans to go out to dinner, meet up with friends, go to an event, etc. and I would hardly ever be ready on time. Always by accident - I would have every intention to be ready on time and then something would set me behind and I wouldn't be. It bothered him SO much and honestly it bothered me too. I like being on time, I like when others are on time. It needed to be fixed.
I started working on it and slowly got better and better about it (let's face it we all have our days - I'm not ready on time ALL the time, but I've gotten much better). I know plenty of girls have this problem so I figured today I'd share some things for me that work and ask what works for all of you!
My newest favorite and motto - Get ready first, relax second.
In the past I would save getting ready until the last minute - especially if I was tired, had a long day, etc. I'd always find myself in a time crunch. Once we hit the problem when Derek said "can you please just be on time once" I changed around my thinking. Instead of cramming in all I needed to get done before heading out, etc. I now do my getting ready first and then with any extra time I catch up on DVR and do any work or house chores I need to get done with whatever time is left. Game changer. I also do this in the mornings now before work. Again - game changer.
Tell yourself to be ready 10-20 minutes before you should be.
I used to allow maybe say 5 extra minutes. Now I always give myself somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes depending on where I'm headed and if I need to be there at a set time or not. It's a win, win - If I'm running behind, then we'll leave right on time. If I'm running ahead of time and don't need the extra minutes then we can get to our destination with a few minutes to spare or have a couple minutes to sit and relax before heading out. I say "I" and not "we" because seriously - when are boys ever late??? No matter what, Derek can get himself ready before me even if I start way ahead of time. Anyone else???
Keep off the phone.
While waiting for my hair to dry or a curling iron to heat up, I'd play on my phone and end up sitting on the edge of the bathtub way past when I should have been. Now I just do my best to completely ignore my phone, get ready and then catchup on whatever I'm wanting to - if there's time :)
If time allows, do hair (sometimes makeup too) before.
It's rare that I'm washing my hair and getting ready to go out at the same time - sometimes I do but I like to let my hair air dry (especially in the summer) so I try to get that out of the way earlier or even the day before (I don't wash my hair everyday). Depending on what's going on sometimes I like to just curl or straighten my hair ahead of time so then I just have to slip on my outfit at the last minute and be good to go. Sometimes with makeup too but sometimes that's best saved for last.
Layout a backup outfit.
I can have a favorite outfit laid out for days if I'm headed somewhere special or just run in my closet and pick something that goes together last minute if it's somewhere more casual that's the destination. If there is a dinner or party or event that I need to be at then most likely I'll lay out two outfits - one that I'm aiming to wear and one as a backup just in case I end up not liking how the first one looks. Nothing worse than leaving your closet with a pile of outfit choices on the floor that just didn't work and need to be cleaned up later on.
Have your accessories ready.
Another flaw - I'd always be cramming items into my purse as I was supposed to be running out the door. Something that now works well is packing up anything I need ahead of time, laying out shoes and picking any jewlwery pieces so I'm not running around flustered and looking for accessories and can walk out the door calmly.
You tell me…
What are you getting ready tips??