My morning traditions
This week’s prompts focus more on routines than traditions. It’s an interesting change of pace, but I’m excited to get back to the Christmas related prompts!
Do you start your day the same way every day? What are your morning traditions?
For the longest time, I didn’t really have a morning routine. I’d wake up, grab a granola bar on my way out the door, and eat it when I got to work. I valued sleep more than anything else. I never really felt rushed in the mornings. It fit my lifestyle of staying up way too late.
Within the past few years, however, I’ve established more or less a steady routine that helps me get ready for my day, even more so now that I work from home every day. I don’t do the exact same thing every morning, but I keep it similar enough that I feel refreshed, and different enough that I don’t get bored.
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I wake up anytime between 6:30 and 7. I haven’t set an alarm since we moved, because I wake up naturally around then. Again, way different from 5-6 years ago where I struggled to get up at 7! I find I feel more focused and productive if I shower immediately after I wake up, so I try to make that a thing. It doesn’t always happen.
As soon as I’m in the kitchen, I boil some water for tea. Currently I switch it up between one of two teas – Lavender Earl Grey or Puerh Queen from Jasmine Pearl here in town. For breakfast, I’ll either make some oatmeal with berries and chocolate chips, or I’ll make a smoothie with bananas, berries, and greek yogurt. Recently I’ve bought a box of cranberry gingerbread granola from Trader Joes, so I’ve been eating that for my breakfast too.
Once tea and breakfast is ready, I’ll sit in my dining room, turn on the Christmas tree, and either read a book or write in my journal while I eat. More often than not I’ll start off by reading, and I’ll switch to the journal when I only have my tea left. Sometimes I don’t read a book altogether and I’ll read some items on my iPad, and other times I’ll spend some time knitting. I don’t always do the same thing when I eat, but again, that keeps things interesting.
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I like my morning routine. I’m glad I’ve kept a tradition of spending a couple hours to myself before I start my workday, and it makes my actual workday much more productive and focused.