Wake up and…?

I keep seeing stuff about the morning routines of the rich or successful or famous. I’m presuming their aim is to suggest that we, mere mortals πŸ™‚ can emulate them in becoming as rich or successful or famous as they by aping their routines. If so, I think it might take a bit more than just having the same routine. Call me cynical, but…

Surely, nothing is ever that straightforward, especially if your life is largely re-active. Unless you’ve no responsibilities at all, how many of us can fit in 30 minutes of meditation, followed by 30 minutes of Yoga or Pilates, before breakfasting on a healthy smoothie. Let alone the fact that most of us don’t have a personal assistant who’ll screen out the junk from the vital in our email in-boxes.

Before deciding whether to sit back and chuck (yet more) stones at the concept, I thought I’d take a look at what a morning routine is. What I came to realise is that whether it’s planned – or not – the stuff we do in the mornings, especially the stuff we repeatedly do, is our morning routine – and it’s setting the tone for the rest of the day. As someone who has never been a morning person, this isn’t good news for me in any perceived pursuit of riches, success or fame πŸ˜€

Even when I had a small baby and was working full-time, I wasn’t good in the morning. I was competent, I got the necessary things done, but I wasn’t cheerful or communicative. I’ve always preferred jobs with a late start, even if it meant they can spill over into my evening. Because it’s the later hours when I’m at my best, my most productive and my most creative. It’s when the ideas flow and when I crank through stuff on my list.

But decades later, Himself now lives with me, and my whole world has turned round. He’s not a natural lark, indeed he kept late hours when we first got together. But now his work mornings start at ridiculous o’clock. He puts Mel Robbins to shame because as soon as the first notes of his morning alarm start to play – currently John Denver’s Country Roads (I blame that Kingsman film) – he’s out of bed.

I don’t join him getting up at ridiculous o’clock, in fact I snuggle right down under the covers and pretend I’ve not even noticed. Most times I fall back to sleep, sometimes I don’t; but either way, I stay in bed. Yet, on those rare days when I’ve got up as I hear the click of the door when he leaves, I am enormously productive. I crack through my to do list and wonder why my stomach alarm hasn’t rung to tell me its lunchtime, only to discover it’s still only 10 o’clock.

So, even if my morning routine encompasses nothing more than getting up when I wake up instead of snuggling back under the covers to browse my social media timelines – that would have a massive impact on my day. Way more than the 30 minutes meditation, Yoga or Pilates, healthy smoothie malarkey – which to my mind proves that a morning routine is a good thing, but that copying another person’s morning routine isn’t the way to go.

How do you feel about morning routines – hurrah or harumph? Do you have one – if so, what does it encompass? Are there things you wish you did first thing in the morning?

Β© Debra Carey, 2022

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  1. My morning routine is not a productive one. I read emails, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, and play games – all on my iPad in my comfy chair. Sometimes I hate losing half the morning but evidently not enough to change. I try to avoid morning appointments. I spent many years getting up early and heading off to work. This is my reward.

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  2. I was a night owl. My lark child turned me into a lark mother. Now I get up early to walk my lark dogs before spouse leaves for work and the child is up for breakfast.

    I’ve very productive in the morning–it’s my best time for writing. But between dogs and breakfast and getting the kid off to school, it’s generally 9-10 AM before I can sit down at the computer. (If I am lucky and the microwave hasn’t broken, ants haven’t invaded, I don’t have to get dinner in the crockpot, there’s not a problem that needs handling for volunteer orgs, I don’t need to make an emergency vet/ store/ hardware store run.)

    I do like my morning walk, followed by yoga if I have time. And someday, I tell myself, I won’t have spawn’s breakfast or spawn’s soccer club or school PTA taking up so much time.

    I’ll probably be more productive. (Or I might just scroll social media, LOL).

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  3. I wake up around 6:00 a.m. naturally, sometimes a little later. I get up, make a pot of coffee, then sip a mug of it while NOT talking with anyone else. I don’t meditate or plan– I just exist, often outside when I can. We all greet the day in our own ways, don’t we?

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  4. I can’t wait to get fully moved into my place and get back to my morning routine. It’s just not the same at my daughter’s place next door. Unfortunately it’ll be another few weeks before I can do this. I feel like I am living in some sort of limbo in the meantime.

    Deb

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  5. I kind of roll my eyes at all those articles and videos about the morning routines of rich and famous people. Yes, I totally believe the rich and famous are that glamorous when they first get out of bed in the morning, and I also totally believe they’re that spiritually centered, too. Although I did enjoy Margot Robbie’s morning routine video. That one’s worth seeing (because it was obvious satire).

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  6. Linda, I see nothing at all unproductive about it – you’re getting loads of things you enjoy doing done! In fact, I love how it makes you feel – rewarded. Just the perfect way to start your day πŸ™‚

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  7. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Yup, unless you’re totally free of responsibilities, the mere idea of curating a morning routine makes me laugh. I really want to get back into my morning walking routine too but, every time I’m ready to go, Himself calls me and I feel bad putting him off as he’s having a rotten time at work. I’ve been gently persuading him it’s time to look for a new place to work, and he’s now talking about it like it’s his own idea. So yeah, now I’m having to hold back on pointing out whose idea it was until after it gets done. You know how it goes…

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  8. Oh that must be tricky Deb. I hate how living like that puts me off my stroke in all aspects of life, even ones that aren’t directly related. I hope that the next few weeks race by for you.

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  9. Margot Robbie has a satire morning routines video? Oh thank you James, I am sooooo going to find it and enjoy it!

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  10. LOL, it’s like talking to my dad about white male privilege. He used to insist it’s all about working hard and being lucky. I pointed out that he got jobs because his parents made phones calls or his cousin went to an Ivy League school with someone in power. He’ll argue at first, then a year later he’s assimilated that idea and lecturing me about it.

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  11. I’ve been a morning person most of my life and I definitely have a routine. Weekdays I’m up at 5 a.m. for an hourlong walk. Shower, eat breakfast, go to work. On the flip side, I’m in bed before 10:00 most nights, but it works for me. I love the peace and solitude of those early morning strolls, even now when it’s pitch dark in the beginning.

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  12. Between me and thee, I’m not sure I could handle hearing John Denver as the first thing in the morning. You are amazingly tolerant, Debs! πŸ™‚ I’m a solidly morning person. It’s the only time, for instance, when I can do any writing. Any blog post I write must be started in the morning if I have any chance of it getting to completion. It might not to be done till, say, 3:00 or 4:00pm, but writing for it has to start in the morning. I definitely start to lose any remaining brain cells for creativity by 5:00pm for sure! – Marty

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  13. Marty! Yay, you’re OK πŸ™‚

    Oh don’t worry, I drive him crazy by singing along (and he hates my singing at the best of times, let alone at ridiculously early in the morning o’clock!) πŸ˜€

    I envy you that early morning ability. I’ve tried, really hard, but my brain still struggles. This morning I was trying to work out a problem being suffered by a client in my day job, and was talking to our IT director about it. It was soooo hard, especially when he started getting all techie on me!

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  14. Mark, I’m in bed by 9pm Sunday-Thursday nights too because of Himself’s early morning hours (and because I’m a big softie and like to go to bed at the same time as he does). So I’m losing out on my best hours while struggling with my newly gained worst hours! Oh and I’m old…. There’s absolutely no hope for me I tell ya πŸ˜‰

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  15. Noooooo…. I mean, I’m glad he assimilates the idea, but lecturing you? Oh no, no, no. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  16. I suspect everyone has some form of a morning routine. Even if it involves panicking and racing out the door. Mine generally starts with coffee these days. I was out of milk/half & half/cream and had to drink tea for a few days. Sometimes I prefer tea. This is not one of those “times.” These days coffee is an important part of my morning routine. I am also trying to read and respond to blogs during coffee time. It’s a good time to do that although I had to slap my Debbie Downer after I noticed my downer response on probably a third blog. I apologize to the blogosphere. Perhaps I need more coffee.

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  17. Oh no…. being forced to drink tea when it’s coffee you really want is tough. I remember those days before I had to (mostly) give up coffee. I do miss that early morning hit even now. Oh & bless you on being Debbie Downer, that’s the second time I’ve read that term today having never heard it before. Or maybe I was just screening it out πŸ˜‰

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  18. I’m allowed one cup of coffee per day. I’ve grown accustomed to it and I go through long periods of time that I don’t want coffee at all. But not right now. Right now I love my coffee. And caffeine doesn’t even really do much for me.

    That was probably me on another post. I think I deleted 80% of a comment on your blog and tried to tone it down when I saw what a downer I was writing. I think it’s just one of those things you learn about yourself that sneaks in once in a while.

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  19. Honestly, I don’t think you need to worry. You’re always expressed your view kindly and made your point without rancour. No need to beat yourself up at all.

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