My new morning tool to get out the door in time is to ask myself, “Is _____ really worth being late for work?” It helps me prioritize so that I can avoid the 30-seconds-late syndrome that I sometimes run into. For example, is eating breakfast really worth that 5 minutes? Yes! Is brushing my teeth worth that minute or two? Yes. Is putting on makeup worth three or four minutes? Probably not. Same goes for fixing my hair. I could wake up earlier, but I’ve decided that I value sleep more than having a good hair day. I can at least pretend that I’m choosing the “low-key” look on purpose.
Morning tool in use or not, I end up with my hair in a ponytail almost every single day. The real selling point of the ponytail is that you don’t have to think about it. It might not be glamorous, but you know it won’t look any worse when you get home than it did when you looked in the mirror at 7:58 AM.
Then there’s the rare occasion when I do wake up in time to dry my hair and wear it down. I get to work and suddenly feel like the biggest ditz in the world. Sure, I look nice, but it’s impossible not to play with the curls. They’re just sitting there waiting to be twirled. (Man, writing that sentence makes me so glad I usually go with the ponytail! There’s no professional way to describe playing with your hair.)
What does all of this talk about nothing boil down to? I often feel like a bad grown-up for choosing extra sleep over preparing for my day at work. You’re supposed to look your best in the workplace, especially when you work with the public all day. I don’t want you to get the wrong impression. I’m neat and tidy at work. I smell good, and my clothes are ironed.
So with those things in mind, I hereby stand by my choice of ponytail over waking up earlier. The benefits of extra sleep, being on time, and not looking like a vapid idiot should counteract any negative points I get for coming to work with wet hair. I’ll just have to find another way to feel like a full-fledged grown-up.