I’ll admit it: I have a tough time with mornings! That sinking feeling when I remember that I have to face another day? It’s nearly unbearable.
I think we all know that getting out the door in the morning can be tough. Until the first cup of coffee, my worst enemy is conscious thought. I find that having a little structure is the key to an easy, painful morning. Here’s mine:
6:45 – First alarm goes off. I try to remember who I am.
6:52 – Second alarm goes off. I try to remember where I am.
7:00 – Third alarm goes off. I reset this alarm for 7:05.
7:05 – Fourth alarm goes off. The last alarm. This is a terrible moment.
7:07 – I think about getting out of bed.
7:08 – I actually get out of bed.
7:09 – I brush my teeth and curse the world.
7:12 – I gather my clothes out of a pile of work-wear that lives on a table in the corner. I get back into bed and curl into a little ball.
7:15 – I think, “I should really put on these clothes.”
7:16 – I debate calling in sick, changing my identity, and starting a new life on an island.
7:17 – I put on those clothes.
7:19 – I look for my purse and curse the world.
7:20 – I stumble to the bus stop.
It’s that simple – just those exact steps every day, and I’m out the door in 35 minutes flat. Easy! Breezy! Miserable! If I divert by even one minute, I will never go to work again and my bed will swallow me up forever.
Now it’s your turn! What helps you get going in the morning? 🙂