I’ve been thinking lately about morning routines. I spent too much time with this site, reading all the routines of celebrities. Trying to get a sense for what I want in the morning and how I want my day to go.
My routine has become one of rolling out of bed at 7 or 7:30 to sit at my desk and journal. I have my quite time in the morning and then get dressed with clothes set out the night before. I have a breakfast that changes often. Nutella toast, PB&J on an English muffin, eggs, or cereal. Often with fruit. Always with tea. I have a single serve tea pot that I adore, but I’ll sometimes make just a mug.
When I’m living with my parents as I am now I read the San Francisco Chronicle or The New York Times while I eat. But just the arts sections. Style, travel, home, food. Sometimes I’ll read the Business section if there’s a technology article that catches my eye. When I’m living on my own I don’t subscribe to the newspaper, so I’ll power up my computer and try to make a bit of a dent in my Google Reader (I have around 30 new posts to read every day).
The whole thing probably takes about an hour and a half. Maybe a bit more. But I haven’t tried it with on a deadline before. When I was having to leave the house at 8am I would try and get up at 7. It was different then, but I’m not sure how. Right now I have nowhere to go, nothing to get to at a specific time, so I’m not sure how it will change when I have to be in class by 9am.
When I’m traveling or having an appointment, the whole routine seems to go out the window. I’m too shy in front of others to journal and I’ll just eat whatever is put in front of me when I’m staying with someone. If I go climbing in the morning and leave early, I’m never able to wake up early enough to get through the whole routine. The quiet time gets cut off or I rush through breakfast.
What is your morning routine? I’m fascinated with the differences in people’s habits, so I really am curious. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?