Get Ready in 5 Minutes or Less!

I have a penchant for the yuppie coffee shop that's eight blocks from my apartment, enough to spend thirteen minutes walking there and back on many weekday mornings. (They draw leaves in cappucino foam which make me feel fancy, like Gwyneth Paltrow caffeinating—that is, if she drank anything other than green tea.)

I can afford to slice off that chunk of my morning because I'm a uniform dresser: blazer, top, slim pants, brogues or heels, done. But even if I weren't, I could still get out the door enviously fast thanks to these time-skimming strategies. I use them when I've worn my uniform staples too much, feel like I'm starting from wardrobe scratch and (more importantly) should've been out the door seven minutes ago. You can use them too, and if you show up to work late, it'll be because of your commute or your coffee, not because of the time spent in your closet.

Tactic #4: Pouching

Switching handbags in the morning is such a time suck. Storing all your necessities—cash, credit cards, keys, ChapStick, gum—in one pouch that you rotate in and out of larger bags makes it SO much easier. (Plus, very cool ones like these can double as clutches if you need to go straight to your social life from work.)

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