It didn’t used to take me this long to get ready. Back in my “I’m a nerd anyway, so who cares what I look like” high school days, I’d be ready to go, shower and all, in about twenty minutes. Now, if I shower in the morning, I have to wake up an hour and a half before leaving home/the dorms if I want to look decent.
Here’s the breakdown of my usual routine – or well, my routine back when I had more sleep, time and energy to spare:
1) Hit snooze alarm, stumble around: 10 minutes
2) Shower: 20 minutes
3) Lotion/picking outfit/getting dressed: 15 minutes
4) Makeup: 20 minutes (I take breaks between steps to check email, Xanga, Facebook, Twitter, Livejournal…)
5) Blow-dry/straighten hair: 15 minutes
That’s about an hour and twenty minutes right there. When schoolwork sucked out my life and I realized that there weren’t any guys worth impressing in my classes, I pared the routine down to 40 minutes.
I shower at night and I almost always wear glasses now, which means I spend less time on eye makeup. Now that it’s getting colder, I spend less time picking outfits as I’ll shroud them in coats and scarves anyway. So now it goes something like:
1) Hit snooze alarm, stumble around: 15 minutes
2) Wash face, brush teeth: 5 minutes
3) Getting Dressed: 5 minutes
4) Makeup: 10 minutes
5) Hair: 2-3 minutes
My roommate, who takes TEN minutes (stumbling out of bed included) to get ready still thinks my 40 minutes make me high-maintenance. I disagree by saying that professors will probably take me more seriously if I look well-kept and ready to go, as opposed to looking like I just rolled out of bed.
What’s your morning routine like? In terms of how much time/energy you spend getting ready, where do you think you fall on the high/low maintenance scale?