February 19, 2009

Morning Routine

I had an interesting discussion with some of my students about their morning routines. We had great debates over breakfast preferences, whether or not to press "snooze" and more. Some like to get up extra early, take their time getting ready, eat a full breakfast and watch cartoons before leaving for school. Others, like me, prefer to get up at the last possible minute and get out the door as quickly as possible.

I'm not a morning person. And because I know this about myself, I do whatever I can to prepare for the next day before going to bed. I shower and fix my hair at night (I sometimes have to touch things up in the morning). If I'm bringing a lunch to work, it's always packed after dinner, and my work bags are always packed and waiting near the door. My clothes are always selected ahead of time, and I've even been known to apply my makeup right before climbing into bed to not waste time in the morning. Yes... I hate mornings that much!

I'm not a snoozer. In fact, I don't understand the snooze button. My boyfriend will set the alarm an hour earlier than necessary to allow himself the opportunity to press snooze and "gradually" wake from his slumber. I feel like all that does is ruin a perfectly good hour of sleep! I much prefer to just get up when my alarm sounds and enjoy that last hour of undisturbed bliss.

I'm also not a "wake up with a cuppa joe" person. It's not that I dislike coffee, but more that I am afraid to become addicted to it. I'm also very sensitive to caffeine - if I have it daily Monday through Friday and then skip Saturday, I will have a terrible headache. I try to only drink it when I really need it - although I do enjoy a nice sugar-free, chai latte on a cold, winter day. Yum!

I think a person's morning routine can sometimes say a lot about them as a person. What does your morning routine say about you?


  1. I would prefer to wait until the last possible moment and have everything ready the night before but I've never done make up or hair the night before. WOW ! You are amazing!!!
    I've been working on getting up earlier (before the kids) and getting ready so I'm less rushed and less stressed making mornings much more fun and a lot less conflict across the board! As for your post below, less than perfect, I have lots of words and thoughts on it but I need to better compose myself before I comment. I TOTALLY agree with you!

  2. gosh, I think I'm the worst. I'm like Corey and snooze like 15 times before getting up. Then I lazily take a shower, then I realize how little time I have left, and scurry to dry my hair, lotion, clothes, makeup, pack my purse and work bag, warm up the car, and speed on the way to work only to realize that I forgot to pack my phone!

  3. Coffee. Before anything else. And then everything else - whether I'm running late or on time, if I eat a full breakfast or simply grab a granola bar - falls into place. I swear by my Cuisinart Brew Central Programmable Coffee Pot; all I have to do is set it up the night before, set the timer, and it's all brewed by the time my alarm goes off. Bliss!

  4. Even though I'm not a morning person, I have to give myself plenty of time to get ready in the morning. There simply is no rushing me. I'm not sure what that says about me...slow and steady wins the race?