On frosty winter mornings, it can be really tempting to huddle under your blankets for just a few more minutes. But then, before you know it, you’ve hit the snooze button four times and you’re running late. Yikes! How can you make it to work on time without looking like you just rolled out of bed? Here are some tips for those mornings when you waited just a bit too long to put your feet on that cold floor:

Prep the Night Before

If you’re a coffee lover, skipping your morning cuppa can take your day on an immediate turn for the worse. Program your coffee maker the night before — then you can still get your fix no matter how rushed you are. And there’s a bonus, too: The smell of your favorite coffee brewing may be all the incentive you need to get out of bed.

This same approach goes for all those morning tasks you usually rush to accomplish: If you like to bring your lunch to work, pack it early. Check the weather and pick out an appropriate outfit before you get too tired at night. Find your keys, wallet, makeup bag, and phone, and put them all in one easily accessible place so you can grab them on your way out the door.

Combine Steps

Aim to streamline your morning routine without actually leaving anything out. Keep a shampoo/conditioner combination on hand for hectic days, and if you can’t skip shaving altogether, use that same combo product in lieu of shaving cream. A BB or CC cream can fill three roles at once: moisturizer, primer, and foundation. If you’re really in a pinch and you have the right brushes, your brow powder can double as eyeliner and a touch of lipstick on your cheeks (blended really, really well) can take the place of blush. And if there’s just no time, remember: You can always apply the essentials on the go.

Reduce Drying Time

Start by gently drying your hair with a microfiber towel. Next, choose a brush that does some of the work for you — try EcoTools’ new Ultimate Air Dryer brush, designed to work like a diffuser and reduce drying time by almost half. If you need super-sleek hair as soon as possible and don’t mind a little heat, you can try a 10-minute blowout.

Oversleeping happens, especially in the winter months. But running late doesn’t mean you have to skip your morning routine entirely. Instead, be proactive and efficient to speed things up — and save a little money while you do.

What do you do on those winter mornings when you stayed under the covers just a bit too long? Share your tips in the comments below, or tweet us at @ecotools.

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