You've probably heard that great ideas can come to you in the shower — it has even been scientifically proven. Nevertheless, you probably waste more time enjoying yourself than you do having epiphanies. While you should take your breaks, here are five ways to get a little more done during your downtime.
Note: Please feel free to substitute baths for showers if you're conscious about your water consumption (or just prefer them).
Clean Even More!
When you're in the shower, you're there to wash your hair and clean the exterior of your body. Why not take that a step further and do a little more? Many people who don't enjoy brushing or flossing their teeth prefer to do it in the shower because they can relax and not rush through the process. Plus, the shower is really just a giant sink, so you can spit as you go. You can also floss — just put a rubbish bin near the shower so you can discard any used materials when you're done.
Aside from your mouth, you can tackle a variety of other grooming needs, such as shaving, and clipping your finger and toenails.
Many people shower before they do anything else in the morning. Here's why you shouldn't. First of all, if you eat and spill food on your pajamas, you don't ruin an outfit for work/your day. Second, you have more energy when you eat and get moving a little bit. In fact, if you add simple exercises to your morning routine, you can wake up even more. How does this benefit showering? When you're tired, you'll move more slowly and take longer. If you've perked up a bit, you'll have an easier time getting clean and getting out in a short amount of time. So, before you hop in, eat and exercise to get your brain up to speed.
Steam Wrinkled Clothing
Water and steam help remove wrinkles in clothing. If you have an outfit you want to wear but don't have time to iron, you can just hang them while you shower and let the humidity do the work. It might not get every wrinkle out as well as a good ironing job, but it can help while requiring practically no work on your part.
Release the Stress in Your Body and Mind
You can use all your time in the shower to get things done, but you do need to unwind and relax. You only get so far by doing absolutely nothing, however. Instead, you can use the time in the shower to meditate or stretch.
Expedite Your Post-Shower Routine
If your bathroom mirror tends to fog up, a hair dryer can remove the haze very quickly. (I do this after every shower, and it saves me several minutes.) Arrange your post-shower routine items in order of use. For example, you might start with deodorant, move onto a comb or brush, and then finish with some sort of hair product. Whatever the case may be, if you can arrange them in the order of use, you won't have to search for them. In the event you don't have enough sink or cabinet space in your bathroom, you can solve that problem easily with a good toiletry travel bag or an easily mountable shelf.
Finally, lay out your clothing in advance. Perhaps you do this when you wake up, but choosing your outfit the night before when you don't have to rush will prevent any hangups in the morning.