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Robert Cottrell in Edinburgh is doing 19 things including…

develop a daily morning routine

5 cheers


Robert Cottrell has written 4 entries about this goal

Day Three

The lack of sleep from the past few days finally caught up with me, so my new morning routine was a little shaky and I moved a bit more slowly than usual, but I managed to stay on track on continue through it.

Erik’s plan for a new morning routine included finding a regular time to take vitamins. This sounded like an excellent idea for me as well, since I’m not entirely sure if you can fully satisfy your daily nutritional requirements on a diet consisting mostly of chicken curry.

I was pretty sure that vitamins have a fairly long shelf life, so I took a few from the mostly full bottle still left over from the last time I decided to try to live a more healthy lifestyle. As I put the bottle away, however, I noticed that the expiration date had passed almost a year ago. So much for my wishful thinking that I had only fallen off my health routine a few months ago. I suppose that means that I’ll need to schedule a trip to the health store this weekend for a new supply. That is, assuming that I’m not locked away in my now much cleaner bathroom recovering from the bad vitamins I had just ingested.

Once again I decided to walk all the way to work. This time, I swung by the New Balance store looking for a new pair of shoes. My current pair have taken about as much as they can take before completely falling apart. The biggest clue, I think, was when I discovered that I could stick my finger through the side of the shoe and touch my feet. Unfortunately the store was still closed and wouldn’t open for another 10 minutes. Normally I would have waited. It would be an extremely simple shopping trip as I would only need to rattle off the model number, size, and color of the shoe I needed. However, I couldn’t afford to spend the time today. I needed to get in to work to help push out the latest features for the site.

Day Two

I question the wisdom of starting my get up early plan the one day I intend to stay out late. By the end of the night I was starting to nod off. If I had been thinking straight, I probably should have tried to catch a ride home with someone instead of setting off on foot. At least I got to spend a few more minutes with Maggie before we parted ways at Pike Street.

By the time I got home, after a half hour walk through the cold night air, I was feeling wide awake and refreshed while simultaneously physically exhausted. It was a strange feeling and I knew it wouldn’t be long before a crashed, and crashed hard.

One of the main threads of conversation that evening was on keeping your house clean, the proper way to arrange your bed for maximum feng shui, and the interesting possibilities of decorating your bathroom in unique themes. This reminded me about what a sorry state my bathroom and fallen into and so I decided to do some 1:30 in the morning cleaning. Not the hard stuff, of course, but the mirror and sink got a fresh new shine. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, because my bathroom mirror spans a massive 28 square feet (I got out the measuring tape to check). At least I am tall enough to reach the top without resorting to dangerous gymnastics on the counter.

I went to sleep, content in the thought that even if I didn’t wake up early enough in the morning to accomplish anything I could still rationalize the evening bathroom cleaning as morning activity. Remarkably I woke up early and was able to spend some more time practicing at the piano. I’m finally starting to be able to pick out enough of the notes to the opening verse of the easy piano arrangement for Five For Fighting’s “100 Years” that I can start to hear a melody buried somewhere in there.

Day One

The first day of my wake up early and do something productive with the day plan started off reasonably well. I woke up about forty-five minutes earlier than normal and didn’t need to resort to the snooze button.

This gave me enough time to sit down in front of the piano and work on some serious playing. I tried a little sight reading, playing through a few “easy piano” arrangements just to hear a few new melodies. Then I started some exercises from Czerny, which feature simple and somewhat formulaic arpeggiated sequences that are actually kind of fun to play.

I still don’t feel ready for a regular workout routine, but I did have enough extra time to walk all the way to work. Normally I quit about half way through and take the bus to avoid the steeper hills at the end.

The new plan

The mornings are a good time to take care of routine tasks, but sometimes I feel that carving out too much time in the morning leaves me too drained to do anything in the evenings other than collapsing on the sofa and watching television.

A few ideas to get started:

  1. Set the alarm clock early enough that I have time to accomplish things but late enough that I don’t have to resort to the snooze button.
  2. Start a simple exercise program. My building has a nice set of exercise and weight equipment so there’s no need to join a gym and no excuse for not working out.
  3. Practice the piano. I’ve been playing the same simple songs for so long that I am getting sick of them. It’s time to learn some new pieces.
  4. Check the latest entries on my few must read blogs.

I normally don’t have much luck sustaining my get things done in the morning attempts. We’ll see how this one goes.

Robert Cottrell has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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