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make a morning routine and stick to it until it comes naturally

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Anais Pinn,A year later, working on the morning routine again

Up by 6: wake, kettle on, start morning pages. drink tea while writing, add a writing exercise in the AM, 1 hr
7: yoga, meditation, make smoothie, pack lunch, tidy kitchen, 1 hr
8: brush, floss, get washed and dressed, news, internet, shut down compy, 45 minutes
leave 8:45 be at work on time

It can be done, despite the time change. Byebye Boston Legal, Lost, Gray’s Anatomy…it was fun…Bye movies. 7 years ago


Anais Pinn,Good enough

OK so I’ve been getting up anywhere between 5:45 and 7:15. Before leaving for work at 8:45 I usually have time for yoga (20 minutes to an hour or more), water drinking, smoothie making, tidying up, playing with the cats, taking vitamins, checking email and news, grooming and dressing. I hate dressing and usually do it at the last possible moment before rushing off to work. My favorite early morning activity is zoning out while pretending to be drinking a big glass of warm water. It’s hard for me to drink cold water without freezing. Sometimes I can zone out for most of the morning, and then end up rushing like a manic woman, which kind of defeats the purpose of getting up early.

I’m retiring this goal although it could still take some fine tuning. I’d like to do the longer yoga sessions more often and be dressed a little sooner, for example. Anyway, daylight savings time is right around the corner, ready to wreak havoc on my new groove. I don’t think AM writing is going to happen, either, unless it’s in bed, before the yoga. :) 8 years ago


Anais Pinn,This weekend

I totally lost it. Today, Monday, even more so. Oh well, I guess it’s progress toward that other goal, “lighten up.” 8 years ago


Anais Pinn,Early Bird

I’ve been really working hard at this lately. The idea, to reiterate and clarify to myself, is to get up early and practice yoga, have breakfast and tidy the kitchen, groom and dress, and generally be able to start work at 8. If I get the job I want, it starts at 9, and is only 5 minutes away. I’m not sure if the hours can be flexible for me to start earlier, but I tend to run late, so I want to be ready early. Then I can write or screw around on the internet or whatever.

Before yoga, 2 cups warm lemon water; takes a while to get it down.
Yoga should include some breathing exercises and short meditation, as well 15 minutes (min.) of asanas. So there’s an hour, hour and a half.
Breakfast should include my vitamins. A smoothie or oatmeal is fine.
Grooming and dressing is going to be a beeyatch, but I’ve been pretty quick at it before. I just need to put my wardrobe back in order… :(

So far I’m waking pretty early, taking the lemon water, and doing yoga. After yoga I still lose track of time – need to have that stuff done by 8 consistently, and the only way is to eliminate morning internet time. 8 years ago


Anais Pinn,Still

make my bed and take my vitamins about half of the time. Is this success? Not quite. Need to add the yoga and the writing, and the neglected art of breakfast-eating. I do always brush my teeth, but could still do better with the flossing.

For tomorrow I will set the thermostat to warm things up, and get up and through the routine (sans writing) by 8:30. Then write. 8 years ago


Anais Pinn,I started

to make my bed. Yay for me! 8 years ago


Anais Pinn,you mean...not online?

So the point would be to train myself to do these things when I wake up, without running first to the computer to see what people have written while I was asleep…hmmm. 9 years ago


Anais Pinn,ideally

the morning routine would be, get up, make bed, do yoga, write, eat breakfast and take vitamins, wash and brush teeth, get dressed, go to work. I actually did something like this once for about 6 months. It was great since I left for work at noon. Once the job became f/t, routine got mangled, no breakfast, no yoga, no writing. 9 years ago


Anais Pinn,Untitled

first thing is vitamins, but there should be a few more. I also need to set a time limit. 9 years ago


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