In the four minutes that the coffee is steeping, I play a little game with myself to see if I can unload the dishwasher before the timer goes off.
… I usually win.
What is your morning routine?
6:45am: Open eyes,
6:47am: Stagger to the bathroom,
6:49am: Shamble to the kitchen,
6:51am: Make some creative thing while the kettle heats up.
For a while, I sat at the kitchen counter, looked into a mirror, and drew a selfie. Each day’s drawing looked totally different, depending on how I felt and how I felt I looked.
Do you have a morning meditation routine?
I guess drawing is my meditation.
How soon do you check your phone in the morning?
Since my son graduated and moved out, my parental anxiety gets the better of me and I glance at my phone while I’m getting out of bed, just to see if the police left me a text message.
I have not been able to sleep in since 1994 when my son was born.
… the quality and amount of sleep definitely affect my productivity. After a bad night’s sleep, I can soldier through the early morning fine, but I start flagging by the late morning and early afternoon.
It’s exactly the same for me!
…a relatively solid nightly routine (not as consistent as my morning routine) of meditating for about fifteen minutes and then sitting in a hot bath for about thirty minutes while reading a book and sipping herbal tea. I also try not to eat during the four hours before bedtime.