What is your morning routine?
I usually wake up (not get up) and either lay there for second, or get straight up to use the bathroom. While I am in there I’ll usually wash my face with water, before laying back down for a few minutes to let my mind boot up. I’ll then do a little stretch, sit up, take a breathe, and actually get up.
One of the first things I do after getting up is stretch and brush my hair. I don’t feel clean in the morning unless I wash my face and brush my hair. Then, I’m ready to continue on.
I may or may not eat breakfast. Sometimes, I wake up not hungry at all, but more often than not I know that in an hour I’ll be famished so sometimes I’ll force myself to eat something so I won’t be stuck in a situation where I’ll need to wait longer to get some food.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
At least three years.
How has your morning routine changed over recent years?
I no longer go straight on the computer after waking up; I really enjoy taking a lot more time to get ready.
Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?
I have to use an alarm clock in the morning, otherwise I won’t get up. Thankfully, I never hit snooze because I’m too lazy and tired to even do that. I’m either up or I’m not.
How soon after waking up do you have breakfast, and what do you typically have?
My breakfast routine varies from day to day.
I might wake up really hungry, choosing to eat a bowl of cereal (and sometimes toast) right away. Otherwise, I’ll eat about an hour after I get up.
Do you see to email first thing in the morning or leave it until later in the day?
Even though I don’t go right onto my PC in the morning, it’s usually soon after breakfast that I go on to do whatever I need to do. I’ve started checking my email from my phone (so I won’t need to get up).
How soon do you check your phone in the morning, either for calls/messages or social media and news?
The first thing I do in the morning is look at my phone because it’s also my alarm. I actually really hate this, and I’m hoping to just go back to using a regular alarm clock. I like to keep my technologies separate, but I really like the alarm ringtones on my phone.
What are your most important tasks in the morning?
Brushing my hair. I’ve just gotta brush my hair. I don’t care if a war breaks out, I’m brushing my hair.
What and when is your first drink in the morning?
Water or apple juice, if I have some.
On days you’re not settled in your home, are you able to adapt your routine to fit in with a different environment?
I adapt really easily. If some part of my routine can’t get done, I don’t usually freak out. The only thing that does bother me is having to wait to do anything, because I’m used to my routine having no barriers at all.
What do you do if you fail to follow your routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?
If my routine doesn’t work that day, oh well. I don’t think it’s a big deal.
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