573: Morning Routine

How long before you leave the house do you generally wake up?

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From wake up to out of the door — it’s a process that can take a lot of energy for a single person, much less a family. Research firm YouGov, in 2012, did a survey taking a look at exactly how much time that process takes. They found that, quote:

  • The majority of us (56%) take any time between 11 and 30 minutes getting ready

  • Only 2% take less than 5 minutes and 3% over an hour

  • 15% educated up to high school and 9% of college graduates take 10 minutes or less but 4% of graduates take over an hour – this is only 2% for high school or less


It’s not just a function of education, however — there’s a huge disparity in the amount of time it takes to get ready for men and women. Glamour, in 2016, broke down the time differential of the quote-unquote average individual. Quoting from Hello Giggle’s article about this video:

They broke it all down activity by activity, even getting as detailed as comparing shampoo times (an average of 3 minutes per shampoo for a woman and 2 minutes for a man). While some time differences don’t seem substantial, like that shampoo stat, they actually add up quite a bit. For that shampoo example (based on an average of 183 shampoos per year), women spend almost three hours more per year – just on washing their hair. Other, more gender-neutral activities – like brushing your teeth and using mouthwash – are about equal. But, of course, a woman’s hair and makeup routine can really add up, significantly increasing a woman’s average morning routine time. Hair and makeup alone adds an estimated 39 minutes a day to a woman’s time. The final tally? It takes a woman 24 days, 7 hours and 40 minutes to be a woman – versus 9 days, 5 hours, and 27 minutes for a man.


These are, of course, averages. Some women choose to go without makeup, and some men have much more extensive skin-care routines, for example. But it’s an interesting study not only in how you break down your time, but also in the expectations and norms that end up costing time, f not also money. A pink clock tax, perhaps.

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