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Got a Routine?

Three of my closest friends are best left alone in the mornings until they have had their morning coffee. One of my friends likes to get up, have coffee and read the paper. Another likes to get up, have coffee and go through the notifications on her phone. The third likes to get up, have coffee and snuggle with her pets. I used to show up a friends house with a mocha because you didn’t dare talk to her without her having her coffee first. The thing is, all of them have a routine. A pattern to their mornings.

My topic of the day is “Your Ideal Morning Routine”. When I thought about this I wondered what my morning routine was. I hadn’t actually stopped to think about it before. So today, I wrote down my morning routine:

  • Hit the snooze button. Yes. I set my alarm 15 minutes early and hit the snooze button. It tricks my mind into thinking I got to sleep in.
  • Drink some water. I keep a glass of water by my bed and I often drink water through the night if I wake up but I always drink my water before I get out of bed.
  • Bathroom time. You know the routine. Bathroom, Brush my hair, Wash my face, brush my teeth. *Shower and make up if I am going out for the day.
  • Coffee or Tea depending on my mood. I was drinking an apple cider vinegar and honey tea every morning but I’ve kind of let it lax.
  • Sound. I work from home and often I am the only one home so I like sound in the house. I turn on the Television (something I don’t necessarily care to watch) or Pandora and I listen to music.
  • Take stock of my day. This is my list time. I make either a mental list or an actual written list of the things I need to do for the day. Since I work from home that list also includes daily activities around the house like dishes, laundry, cleaning, and watering plants.
  • I actually don’t eat until closer to 10 am and by then I am usually in the groove of whatever project I am working on.

This is my routine. My basic daily morning activities. I don’t feel like I need to do any of these things to start my morning off right so sometimes it is hard for me to understand when a friend says they need silence and coffee for their day to start but hey, who am I to complain about what one person needs to get their engine revving in the morning?

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When the Rooster Crows

When I first started dating my husband the first major difference between the way we functioned as adults was the fact that he is a major night owl and I am a morning person. Even twenty eight years later I am the early to bed , early to rise person and my sweet hubby is the up all night, party like a rock star guy.

My topic of the day is “Do you work better in the morning or night?” The older I get the more I struggle with getting up early but once I get up I always do much better in the morning. When evening hits I am ready to snuggle in and chill out. Forget about working. Of course with my job I don’t get to not work at night. So for those nights I make sure I get plenty of rest and I am not above using energy drinks and protein to get through it.

I have much more energy in the mornings and I am clear headed and can think through problems better. I think because I am a list maker I like the better part of the day to check off those items. It could also stem from the time when I first had children and was a stay at home mom. My husband would got to work and I would spend the day with the kids, cleaning house, doing laundry, baking, making dinner. It filled me with a sense of accomplishment to have everything done when my husband came home.

Of course, since I was born in the year of the Rooster, perhaps I am just naturally inclined to rise with the sin and get the day moving. Regardless….I am a morning person and do much better work in the morning. What about you?

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