How to Optimize Your Bathroom Routine

How much time do you spend in the bathroom every morning? You evacuate, you shower, you shave, you put on makeup, you brush your teeth, and you get dressed, though not necessarily in that order. How long does that take you to accomplish? And how does it make you feel afterward?

If you’re like most Americans, you probably spend more time than necessary getting ready for your day in the confines of the bathroom. A few simple changes to your bathroom routine could be enough to help you save time, work more productively, and even start your day in a better mood.

So how do you do it?

Why Optimize Your Bathroom Routine?

For most people, bathroom time is bathroom time and there isn’t much to think about or change with it. But there are some practical benefits of trying to optimize your bathroom routine.

For example:

·       Time savings. Most people can save a lot of time by optimizing their bathroom routine. Think of it this way. If you are able to save a mere 5 minutes per day, that adds up to 25 minutes per week, not counting weekends. That averages out to more than 2 hours per month, or 24 hours per year. In other words, even shaving a few minutes off your bathroom prep time can add up to save you dozens of hours every year. Bigger optimizations can save you even more time.

·       Productivity. Believe it or not, the right bathroom gadgets can help you get more done in the bathroom – and in ways that can make you more productive the rest of the day as well, says BidetMate. With a few new processes and arrangements, you could knock out some important tasks while you’re getting ready in the morning or create conditions that allow you to work more efficiently later on.

·       Comfort. Bathroom routine optimization is also about improving your personal comfort. If you have a more pleasant, more comfortable experience in the bathroom, you’ll start your day on a brighter note.

·       Mood. Similarly, making positive changes to your bathroom routine can boost your mood. You’ll be less irritable – and you’ll be much more likely to start your workdays in a good mood.

Key Strategies for Maximizing Your Morning Bathroom Visit

So, what specific strategies can help you maximize the comfort and value of your morning bathroom routine?

·       Organize intelligently. You’re probably losing a lot of time looking for specific beauty products or instruments you need as part of your morning routine, especially if you have a lot of them or a limited amount of space. Accordingly, you should invest time proactively to become and remain organized. Utilize clever, compact storage solutions and a consistent organizational system so that you can find anything you need almost instantaneously.

·       Invest in materials. Don’t hesitate to splurge on materials. For example, more expensive towels are often higher quality, offering a superior drying experience, more comfort, and even more surface area to work with. A luxurious robe can make you more comfortable and help you feel more confident as you start each morning.

·       Buy the right gadgets. Certain gadgets can also elevate your bathroom experience, enabling you to do more. For example, smart speakers and smart mirrors can provide you with news and information as you shave or brush your teeth. Heated toilet seats and bidet attachments can also make your toilet much more comfortable.

·       Wake up early. To the extent you can, wake up earlier. Even waking up a few minutes earlier can give you more time to structure your routine – and help you seamlessly transition from bathroom prep time to the start of your workday. It might even give you enough time to exercise, meditate, make breakfast, or tackle other responsibilities.

·       Seize an unoccupied bathroom. No matter how well you get along with your family members, competing with someone else for bathroom space is annoying. If you can, plan your routine so you don’t have to share a bathroom with someone else.

·       Plan and repeat your routine. The more consistently you follow tasks in your bathroom routine, the more efficient you’ll become at it. Try to structure your routine to minimize time waste and repeat that routine consistently to get even faster.

·       Multitask (or relax). True multitasking is impossible for the average person; if you try to do two sufficiently mentally challenging tasks simultaneously, you’ll end up failing at one or both of them. However, it’s probably reasonable to listen to a podcast and brush your teeth at the same time. Whether you choose to use this time to complete tasks or relax with something you genuinely enjoy is up to you.

·       Wipe down and put away. At the end of your routine, put everything in its proper place and wipe down surfaces. It will help you bring closure to this part of your day and set up the space so it’s welcoming the next time you enter.

·       Clean regularly. Make sure you clean the bathroom regularly – that means a deep cleaning at least once a week.

·       Fix your diet. If you suspect you’re spending extra time in the bathroom because of digestive issues, consider fixing your diet with more daily water, more fibrous vegetables, and fewer sugary and processed foods.

If you’re a creature of habit, and you’re satisfied with your morning bathroom routine already, you may not need to make any changes. But if you’re looking for greater productivity, a better mood, or just some extra time to work with every day, these strategies should point you in the right direction.