Morning routines… rituals, really.

For me, these pre-caffeinated actions are usually executed in a fugue-like state and they unfold as something like: simulated sun light alarm begins waking me up about 30 minutes before my actual wake up time (7:30AM), disconnect phone from charger, wade through mostly junk mail that made it through Google’s spam filters, and then begin the exhausting and exhaustive process of catching up on the flotsam of social media.

I’m certain this is not a good recipe for me. I say this with such confidence because, as I get older, I am making a more concerted to get to know myself in the way of what really gets me motivated and, conversely, what deflates me. And please don’t take this as me not wanting to keep up with the happenings of my actual friends and family or ranting about any topic in particular. Rather, it’s all the other collective baggage that comes along with operating and putting yourself clearly out here in this space. There is always someone with an opinion. Someone waiting on deck to criticize someone or something else, often times built upon utterly ill-conceived or ill-informed logic. Someone who is right there, ready to tell me how I should live or build my brand or compose my photo.

And let’s not ignore that the pot is very much calling the kettle black. I’m not going to skate by without admitting that, for better or worse, I’ve been that person too. I’d like to think that I approach those instances on a more productive and well-intentioned foot than your neighborhood troll, but I’ve definitely been that guy.

But back to morning routines. I’ll admit that I’m not quite sure what will work for me. I do suspect that exposing myself to this type of stimulus as the first one of the day may have an adverse affect on how the rest of it plays out. So, I’m going to do what most any person living in our modern time would do when they’re uncertain of how to make a significant change to their lifestyle: I’m crowdsourcing! :)

I’d love to know what your morning routines are. What routines work for you and what utterly sucks? I’m genuinely curious so please share away!

Now… where is that first cuppa?

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