Morning Routine

How much time does it take you to get ready in the morning? The majority of us, slightly over 56%, take any time between eleven and thirty minutes getting ready. Based on a recent survey, only 2% take less than five minutes, while at the other extreme, 3% take over an hour. 15% of those educated after high school and 9% of college graduates take ten minutes or less, while this is only 2% for those educated up to high school or less.

While education may appear to be a factor, there is of course more than just a function of education involved. There is a huge disparity and the amount of time it takes to get ready for both men and women. Gender has a role too. The time differential of the current “average individual” was measured across all activities for a survey, even giving as detailed breakdowns such as comparing shampoo times. In this case, for example, men average of three minutes per shampoo for a woman and two minutes for a man. While some time differences don’t seem substantial like that, they actually do add a bit when taken in a yearly context. In that shampoo example based on an average of 183 showers per year, women spend almost three hours more per year just on washing their hair. Other more general neutral activities like brushing your teeth and using mouthwash were more equal in times.

But of course and woman’s hair and make-up routine can be significantly increase a woman’s average morning routine time. Hair and make-up alone take up an estimated 39 minutes a day of a woman’s time. Over the year it takes 24 days 7 hours and 40 minutes just to be a woman, as opposed to 9 days 5 hours and 27 minutes for a man.
Of course some women choose to go without makeup, and some men have much more expensive skin care routine 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, and not just money. Sort of like a pink clock tax perhaps!

But centuries ago, when men wore wigs (think back to portraits of composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven), it may have taken the men a lot longer to get ready!