10 WAYS TO STREAMLINE
your busy routine
One of the best ways to start a busy day is to jump right into a workout. Sound daunting? A good way to make it easier is to invest in your own equipment, like a Peloton bike, which streams live rides right onto the screen, meaning you get the sociability of a gym without the effort of hauling it to the gym.
For starting your day off so well, you need to reward yourself with a nice, hot cup of coffee (or, you know, like three). This April, if you join the new Starbucks Rewards and make a purchase, you’ll be upgraded to Gold Status automatically (fancy you). Any day you get rewarded just for drinking your morning coffee is guaranteed to be a good day.
That morning commute is better tolerated with Adele, but when it takes 20 minutes just to detangle your earbuds, things get rough. Enter The Dipper, headphones disguised as a gorgeous necklace. (The earbuds stay nestled inside the chevron-shaped pendant of the necklace until you pop them out and plug them in. The cables run through the gold chains.) So go ahead and rock out on the subway--in style, of course.
OK, so you’re in the office and ready to catch up on last night’s debate. Check in with Quartz, a fantastic news app that delivers intelligent and tailored content in text-message form. Just wait until you get all the economic news you need for the day in just three texts.
Curb Your Hunger
Oh, hey, lunchtime, when did you get here? For those days when getting to the salad place might not happen, be prepared with an Aloha Protein pouch to mix into your drink and make up for a missed meal. The supplements are made with organic ingredients like almonds, tapioca syrup, pumpkin seeds, pea protein and vanilla extract. You’ll be way less likely to face-plant into that chocolate fudge brownie on your coworker’s desk.
Time to turn your afternoon up a notch and get through the home stretch of your day with a refreshing cold brew or latte. But you don’t need to fumble to find your credit card or (ew) cash, thanks to Mobile Order & Pay through the Starbucks app. As a Starbucks Rewards member, it allows you to customize and pay for your order ahead of time, then pick up your drink without waiting in line at a nearby store. Did your barista add a little extra whip just for you? You can tip her through the app, too.
If your inbox is as bonkers as ours, you need Sudo, an app that creates different online identities with custom email addresses in order to manage the different parts of your digital existence. For instance, an email about your BFF’s birthday might go into your personal account, while an email about a client meeting routes straight to “professional”. Same goes for shopping, subscriptions and whatever else is currently causing that “500 unread messages” notification to appear.
By EOD, your healthy morning glow has probably dulled a bit. This is where small multitasking beauty products become your best friend. Treat yourself to a Nars Multiple Stick, which will brighten your cheeks, lips, eyes and body (seriously, rub a little on your clavicle!), and some Glossier Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve, which moisturizes lips and skin and tames flyaways. Your busy day will only show on your Google Calendar--and not on your face.
Speaking of your face, make sure you’re taking proper care of your skin no matter how crazed your schedule gets. Always, always, always take off your makeup before going to bed and use your sleeping hours to your advantage with a good antiaging night cream. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer’s retinol and hyaluronic acid formula keeps skin young looking and baby soft.
Sweet (Smelling) Dreams
It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep lays the foundation for a successfully busy day. Treat yourself to a little bedtime aromatherapy in the form of an aroma diffuser, which releases a soothing, floral-smelling mist into your room. Rest up now--and then do it all again tomorrow.