The Art of “Making it to Class in 37 Minutes”

I have the worst time getting out of bed (note: this is different from WAKING UP) for class in the mornings.

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Whether it’s for my 11am class, or my 1:30pm (yep… I can’t even get up for that one) one, it takes me forever to extract myself from my bed burrito. I’ve gotten the art of “barely making it on time” down to a T; in fact I know it takes me exactly 27 minutes to get out the door and 10 minutes to get to class which means I need to wake up 37 minutes before class starts.

My typical morning routine consists of:

  1. Showering (10 minutes)
  2. Moisturizing/skincare (1 minute)
  3. Blowdrying my hair (7 minutes)
  4. Throwing on some clothes (2 minutes)
  5. Slapping on some makeup to give the illusion of a full 8 hours of sleep (5 minutes)
  6. Making my morning tea (1 minute)
  7. Packing my bag (1 minute)
  8. Rushing out of the door and heading to class (10 minutes)

It took me a while to determine exactly how much time I needed between getting up to being in class. Along the way however, I discovered some great shortcuts and tips to cut down on how much time I needed to get ready. For me, cutting down on prep time means more sleep which makes me a very happy person.

I’ve divided these tips based on when you should be doing them to make it easier to follow along. Let me know what you think in the comments below and feel free to share your own time-saving shortcuts to make mornings all that easier!

In the night before you sleep:

  • Check the weather for the next day and plan your outfit accordingly. This cuts down time spent in the morning debating between your two favourite shirts. It also gives you time to put these outfits on to see if those shoes really do go with those pants.
  • Make your lunch and pack your snacks. Your frazzled 8am self will thank you for making that sandwich because you can just grab it from the fridge and stuff it into the fridge on the way to the door. This ensures you’ll always have a lunch the next day which saves you time and money.
  • Pack your bag. Pack your binders and water bottle so you’re not scrambling to find that one textbook for your lecture the day of. I usually leave my laptop out to charge and my food in the fridge, but remembering to pack only 2 things in the morning is a lot better than packing an entire bag.
  • Prepare your breakfast (if possible). I’m a huge fan of oatmeal and soft-boiled eggs, so I’m in luck. When I’m craving a real hearty breakfast, I’ll prepare a batch of overnight oats (I use this recipe as a base) or soft-boil a couple of eggs that I can grab and eat on the bus/walk to class.

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In the morning:

  • Get the kettle/coffee machine going while you’re getting dressed. It only takes a few minutes to make your daily cup of tea/coffee and you’re only wasting if you just stand there and wait for it to be ready.
  • Stick to routine. Rushed mornings are NOT the time to try out something new; whether it be a new breakfast recipe or new shade of lipstick. Stick to trial runs on days you’re running early, or in the night when you have time to experiment.
  • Brush your teeth while waiting for the perfect shower temperature. Avoid standing in the cold spray of your shower while waiting for it to heat up by brushing your teeth in that time. By the time you’re done, I guarantee the temperature will be perfect for you to hop in.

Hopefully these tips will help you with making the most of your time in the mornings. As the winter months approach and it starts getting colder, I know I have more and more trouble getting out of bed. Making it to class on time has definitely helped me get better grades and boosted my own level of confidence knowing that I can tackle the day.

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