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11 Ways to Get Ready Faster Day or Night

Speed up your daily routine with these time-saving hacks

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“I’m running late.” “Oh no, I forgot that’s tonight.” “I’ll never be ready on time.” How many times have you thought, texted or whined out loud these phrases? We’ve been dressing ourselves and doing our own hair and makeup for decades and yet it always feels like a marathon. Who needs the extra stress? Certainly not our heart, blood pressure or mood. You may not need all 10 of these solutions but even two or three will get you going on the double.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.