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Building a Morning Routine

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

When I was little, I was most likely to be in the most trouble in the morning. My mom would wake me up over and over again, only to check 5 minutes later and find me asleep again. Often times this wasn't a conscious decision on my part, and when I did wake up it was to find my mom standing over me in the midst of raging over my inability to get up. I would stumble out of bed, grab whatever clothes were handy and stumble to the kitchen where I would begin getting breakfast ready for my siblings.

Once I was introduced to caffeine I was able to wring a little more out of my mornings, but still I've struggled with getting up in the morning. In college I would go to my 8am Chemistry Labs still wearing my pajamas, as I wouldn't get up until about 5 minutes before class. I've almost lost jobs where I was required to be in early. When I became a manager for the gas station chain I worked for for almost 5 years, I was supposed to be to work at 5am, after having driven across town to gather competitor gas pricing. I was on attendance probation multiple time.

My job now is more reasonably scheduled and I work from 9:30-6:30 most days. Since I've started SparkPeople I've been working harder on building morning time. In my house I'm the only person awake, so it's great quite me-time, but I have to work hard to enjoy it. I've been trying to concentrate on getting to bed early, which is hard some days because the only time I get to spend with my boyfriend during the weekday is in the evenings and he's often up long after I should have gone to bed.

Ideally my morning routine would look something like this:
Have breakfast
Walk the dog for 20 minutes.
Workout for at least 30 minutes.
Get ready for work and spend a few minutes journaling.
Be on the road by 9.

I think to do all of that I'll need to work on adding it in, one piece at a time and keep getting up 15 minutes earlier until I'm consistently getting up at 6:30 to get it all done.

How do you wake up in the morning? Do you have a routine?
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    I think morning routines are an excellent idea. I usually write a list of things I want to be sure to get done.
    1925 days ago
    I have to leave for work really early (5:15 )and I am not a morning person either. I get up in time to take a shower, eat a small fast breakfast and leave, about 4:30. It works for me, I have to exercise in the evening. I really can't get up any earlier, it just won't happen.
    1926 days ago
    That morning routine sounds like a good plan and definitely looks doable. Keep us posted on how you start working each piece in.
    My morning routine is wake up an hour before kids get up
    make coffee
    plan my workout for the day
    plan my nutrition for the day
    reach my 25 sparkpoints and spin bonus spin
    check work emails
    Get kids up and we are on our way to a crazy day!
    1926 days ago
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