Those who know me, REALLY know me... KNOW I am not a morning person. Hard as I have tried over the years, I just prefer late night over early morning. It has made it difficult through the years of having small children in school, when I HAD to get up and get going. One of my regrets as a parent is that I did not establish a really great workable morning routine with the kids when they were young. Neither one of them are morning people either. We struggled to just get up, get ready and get out the door on time. The one saving grace I had was the friends I would meet for a diet coke at the local McDonald's after I dropped the kids off at school. If I hadn't have had that to look forward to I would have gone back home and gone to bed.
Still to this day (my son is in college and my daughter is out of school, married has her own small child and a busy job) I meet with my pal Lisa most mornings. Lucky for me, or I would just sleep the morning away most days.
I was having a conversation a couple of weeks ago with Lisa about my mornings. I have fibromyalgia and this time of year the cold really bothers it, making it very tough to move in the mornings. Lisa is a go get 'em type of person who moves so fast some days it almost makes my head spin. Her nick name for me is "pokey". I was trying to share a visual image of what my mornings are like right now. Basically, my head is saying "okay let's go out and start the car" while my body is saying "just gotta crawl in the shower and wash some of this fog away." Basically my head is going at warp speed, and my body is rebelling in ways some people can only imagine. So, with that image in my head two weeks ago, I decided to change up my morning routine... or basically try to ESTABLISH a morning routine.
Basically, I listed out in my (To Do) notebook a list of what I DO in the mornings, and then a list of what I would envision a perfect morning to be (ofcourse minus all the snow and cold lately). Reality set in that I was really not giving myself enough time to get anything done completely and made me realize why I feel so frazzled just getting out of bed.
So, I set about fixing a few things. FIRST, I COULD get up earlier and that would probably solve alot of the issue. BUT remember, I am NOT a morning person. I thought about what I could do at night that would save time in the morning:
- At least THINK about what I was going to wear. And lay it out if I was pretty sure. BUT sometimes I found I didn't really DO this until I was already in bed. It works though as I wake up with an idea of what i am going to wear.
- Get my tea ready to go, and yes in the morning prepare it in the microwave (I know, I know)
- Set out my planner, To Do Notebook, and business Notebook by my computer (I am always frantically looking for them)
- Make sure everything is all set for my shower.
And the biggie... Set my alarm for the same time I always have BUT don't hit the snooze six times in the morning! In the last two weeks this has proven to be the toughest thing to do! Although I will say I now have it down to TWO snoozes, which gives me 18 extra minutes in the morning. If I can cut down to ONE snooze I think this will really work.
In the mornings I do my normal routine, with a couple of differences... I start the tea water right when I get up so that I can warm up my body with a cup of tea while reading my email etc. AND I set the timer when I sit down at the computer. WHY? Because the computer is a time sucker for me. I can sit down at 6:45 and at 7:30 realize I haven't gotten in the shower yet, haven't let Ruby out, basically haven't done ANYTHING. So for now I get 15 minutes, BUT when I stop hitting that snooze button I will get 25 minutes.
This time is to:
- Check email
- Check facebook
- Check etsy
- Answer what I can
- Read through my To Do notebook
- Do a quick glance of my planner for the day/week
Now, you MAY be asking: "How has this worked for you the last two weeks, Denise?"
So glad you asked. It IS working. I run it this way everyday but Sunday (I get up when I feel like it that day:) The two days I was sick with the stomach flu last week were a bust, AND I did have one day when I said (in my head) "I am a grown up and if I want to hit the snooze I will, so there!" but other than that I am not feeling QUITE so rushed in the mornings, and my body is saying THANK YOU for not trying to make me go faster than I can. I have even made it to McDonald's EARLIER than Lisa a couple of times :)
being a creature of habit, I did have a slight melt down this morning when I realized I have misplaced my TO DO notebook. Anyone seen it?
Happy Monday to you all!