I’ve been reading Laura Vanderkam’s new ebook What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings – And Life, and it’s got me thinking about the shape of my mornings…and how my mornings shape the rest of my days. (I’ve got another post coming up the book, including a chance to win a morning makeover from Laura, so stay tuned!)
All this reflection has got me thinking about the first few things I do when I wake up in the morning, since they seem to determine the rest of my day.
For example, if the first thing I do is check Facebook, I tend to get “stuck” there and may put off breakfast, showering or getting dressed in order to keep scrolling.
So I’ve been paying attention to see what my morning habits are and where they could use help…starting with my first three actions. It varies a little bit from day to day, but it turns out I am pretty consistent about these three actions, first thing each morning:
1. Check Weather.com
I usually do this on my phone from bed! I’m not sure this is a healthy habit, and besides, couldn’t I just walk to the back door and open it to see for myself? But for some reason I always want to know what kind of day I have in store before I feel like I can really enter it. My weather obsession is much worse in the winter and early spring.
2. Put on the tea kettle
One of the very first things I like to do in the morning is drink a cup of black tea with milk and a little sugar, and putting the kettle on the burner is one of the more soothing parts of my morning routine.
3. Put in my contact lenses.
This is a key part of my early morning routine! I’m not that blind, but when my contacts are out, I feel like I’m still asleep. Putting in my contacts brings my surroundings suddenly into focus…and helps me feel awake and ready to start my day.
Your turn! What are the first three things you do every morning? Do you feel like they have an affect on the way you spend the rest of your morning and your whole day?