March 2, 2015

SOL 2: Morning Routine

I'm filling in for our health teacher this week as she's out for knee surgery. She only needed coverage for the afternoon today, which meant I got to sleep in and take my time this morning.

On days like this, my routine is very different from the get-out-the-door-ASAP style to which I usually adhere on a workday.

I love, love, love waking up without an alarm. There's something so peaceful about not being jarred awake by some annoying, repetitive sound.

If I had things my way, school would start at 10:00 so I would never ever have to set an alarm.

I also waited to shower until this morning. If you know me, the girl who does EVERYTHING the night before to avoid waking up early (lunch packed, clothes laid out, showered, hair fixed, makeup on... all BEFORE bed), you know this is a pretty big deal alone.

There was more than enough time to blow dry AND straighten my hair this morning. It's not that my hair is never fixed for school, but it always looks better (more body and straighter) when it's fresh. Plus, I feel cuter, so I get a little extra pep in my step.

I even had time to fix myself breakfast (a homemade Egg McMuffin if you care to know) and actually sit at the table to eat it, something that only happens on weekends.

As I was going about my routine, I couldn't help but notice how much calmer I felt without the need for a minute-by-minute time check. Generally, my mornings are planned down to the second, it seems, and if any part of my routine takes longer than normal, I run the risk of being late to work. Today, though, I had a good 2.5 hours to get ready, so I felt at ease. It's like I'm automatically in a better mood simply because I wasn't rushing out the door.

Disclaimer: I wouldn't say that I'm in a bad mood in the morning, but I don't usually feel very chatty or smiley until I arrive at work and have to put on my game face.

I pondered, for a moment, the possibility that I could set my alarm earlier every morning and keep this routine. Maybe I could even enjoy a cup of tea at home and read the news before I have to head to work.

And then I remembered how I feel when my alarm rings at 6:30 AM and decided that's plenty early enough. I'm not THAT interested in having perfect hair every day!

Is your morning routine more relaxed, or are you a get-up-and-go type of person? Do you think it makes a difference in your day?

11 comments:

  1. My morning routine is not stressful/to the minute unless I sleep a little late or play a couple early morning games of Candy Crush. I like to do things in the same order every day. I need to know more about this putting makeup on before bed thing...Happy Slicing!

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  2. My morning routine is not stressful/to the minute unless I sleep a little late or play a couple early morning games of Candy Crush. I like to do things in the same order every day. I need to know more about this putting makeup on before bed thing...Happy Slicing!

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  3. I love seeing how different people manage their mornings. The hair details made me smile. I love not waking up to an alarm. Maybe it's years of teaching high school, but my body clock is set on o'dark thirty.

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  4. I'm already dreading next weeks and time change. I get up at 5:30, so next week it will feel like 4:30 for at least 3 days! Makes me yawn just to think about it!

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  5. omg your alarm names are totally hilarious! I get up so early! Always wash my hair, dry it and then a flat iron or curling iron. I kinda putz around too, but not enough to sit down for coffee or breakfast. but I can't get up any earlier than 5:30, that's for sure!

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  6. I keep telling myself that I will get up and do yoga at 5AM. That has never happened...not even once. I love yoga and I like being able to eat breakfast, make coffee, and put on some makeup before it is time to go. I don't understand how people can wake up that early though! Normally I get up at 5:45, put on the clothes I laid out, put on makeup, make coffee, and eat my breakfast. I'm out of my apartment by 7AM. I can't imagine waking up earlier and showering in the morning AFTER doing yoga. Sigh. One can always dream.

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  7. I'm like Tracy, I. Hate. Morning. I cannot speak for at least an hour after I get up. I take my shower, get dressed, eat breakfast (the same every day so I don't have to think about it). Gather my water bottle, book or magazine to read on the subway. This was my routine before I retired from full-time work. Now I still cannot speak for at least an hour after I get up, but I can eat whatever I feel like for breakfast and read the paper for an hour or so before doing my exercises/stretches and getting on with my day.

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  8. That visual adds quite a bit to your SOL. Isn't that the truth that when we have to boil the choice down to looking better or sleeping in a bit more, we tend to opt for the sleep? Why doesn't school include nap time now that we would be able to appreciate it? I'm jealous of your wake up time. Mine is 4:50. Yes, that is an ungodly time to get out of bed.

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  9. My schedule is a little bit more flexible now, so the morning routine means that I need to get the girls to school within a half an hour range, rather than needing to be somewhere at an exact hour every day. That makes all the difference in the world (especially once I decided to typically not turn on my computer so that I don't fall in to that rush based on "just one more thing" on the computer). I am glad that you enjoyed your slower morning, really savoring the process, rather than having to rush!

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  10. Haha your thoughts are mine exactly. The day is so much happier when we get the time to ourselves: to wake up in a relaxed manner, do our hair, etc. Still- I'd rather have blah hair and get more sleep. ;)

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