Time Waster #2, Definite Stress Inducer!

Time Waster Number 2: Getting Dressed in the Morning!

Why are we so confused in the morning about clothes? Every day, we have to get dressed. Every day we have to decide what to wear, based on where we will be and what we will be doing. Still, we wait until morning, staring in a stupor at the clothes hanging in our closet, wondering what we should put on.

The typical morning for many people goes like this: Where is my (fill in the blank)? Is my (fill in the blank) clean/ironed/still in existence? Do I have the sock that matches this one? Where did I leave my (fill in the blank)? Sometimes we are asking ourselves this question, sometimes other people, much to their annoyance. All of this stress and time wasting could be avoided by planning ahead.

  • If you do not have time on the weekend to do much more than get laundry caught up or pick up the dry cleaning, you could at least prepare each night for the next day. •
  • Even if all you wear are jeans, tee shirts, or work-out clothes, it can make your whole morning routine go much more smoothly. • Having everything laid out, clean, ironed and organized, can be so calming in the morning. Children benefit from doing this just as much as adults. (Warning: Teen-age boys will laugh at you if you suggest this.)
  • Starting the day this way can create a huge difference in your morning.You will feel the benefit of creating this space when you realize that you have time for breakfast or a cup of coffee sitting down

3 Responses to “Time Waster #2, Definite Stress Inducer!”

  1. 1 james May 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    If you work at home, you don’t even need to get dressed!

  2. 2 james May 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Figuring out what to wear can be more stressful for some than for others: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/23/us/23lawyers.html?_r=1&hp

  3. 3 Deb Lee, CPO® October 15, 2009 at 7:22 am

    You are so right, the morning hunt for clothing can add many extra minutes to an already packed schedule. This is especially true if you must adhere to a strict dress code at work. Thinking ahead of time about what you might wear the next day can help you get a bit more streamlined, but, of course, an organized closet with clothing sorted by type and color is ideal. It will make the morning routine less stressful and more efficient.

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