Anna Lysakowska is a long-term traveler, travel blogger, and a country manager at a couponing website. She currently lives in Leiden, Netherlands.
What is your morning routine?
I guess my morning routine depends entirely on whether or not I oversleep, which happens quite often as I’m not a morning person, per se.
During the week I usually wake up at 6:00am. I sneak out of the bed in the dark, not to wake my boyfriend, and head to the bathroom to take a shower and get ready for work.
Next I’ll quickly bike to the train station (I have to commute since I work in Amsterdam and live in Leiden). The train takes about 40 minutes, followed by me taking a tram and walking to my office that’s actually located in the church! So I can technically say I go to church every day ;)
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
I’ve stuck with this routine for the last six months.
How has your morning routine changed over recent years?
It depends entirely on what I’m doing and where I am. I’ve had several different jobs, and studied and travelled a lot, so my routine hasn’t always been the same. I’m always adjusting to what I’m into at that current point of my life.
What time do you go to sleep?
It varies between 11:30pm and 2:00am depending on if I have a lot of freelance work to do.
Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?
I never hit snooze. I pressed something wrong a few times and ended up not waking up at all, so no more snooze for me.
How soon after waking up do you have breakfast, and what do you typically have?
I get breakfast at the office, around 8:30am. I usually have a yogurt with cereal. I’m rarely hungry in the mornings, especially when lunch is served fairly early.
Do you see to email first thing in the morning or leave it until later in the day?
I always answer emails when on the train, as I have plenty of time to do so. That’s why smartphone is my best friend.
How soon do you check your phone in the morning, either for calls/messages or social media and news?
Pretty much when I’m still half asleep in bed. I’m working on the Canadian market, and most of my blog audience comes from North America, so the majority of emails I receive overnight.
What and when is your first drink in the morning?
I always get either a coffee or a diet coke at the train station in Amsterdam. If I’m running late I get a coke, because in Holland you’re not allowed to take a paper cup of coffee on a tram.
On days you’re not settled in your home, are you able to adapt your routine to fit in with a different environment?
Then my routine changes completely. I read some books on my iPad, cook nice eggs benedict, and read my emails and messages from social media services in peace without rushing.
What do you do if you fail to follow your routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?
As I mentioned before, changing my routine doesn’t really affects me. I’m very flexible and can adjust to any routine depending on the needs of the job or activity I’m pursuing.
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