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13 Jan 2016, 09:05
Read an article about the "productive morning routine of successful women" or some such...and was incredibly underwhelmed by what the writer considered 'productive'.

What does your morning routine look like?

13 Jan 2016, 09:31
I don't think my morning routine would be considered productive by anyone. :p I wake up early to do everything so I'll have the rest of the day free, but I end up taking a shower, drinking coffee and listening to music. Sometimes I meditate, though.

(By the way, I wouldn't expect much from an article with such title)

13 Jan 2016, 09:37
I hate being productive in the morning. It's my "me" time. I read, listen to records, and drink my coffee and do absolutely nothing else.

I despise the modern desire to be productive all the time. I think it's important to be unproductive sometimes.

13 Jan 2016, 09:43
Shower, get dressed, let dog out, feed dog and chicks, get boys breakfast ready, get boy up and dressed, eat something, boy on bus and to work. If no school some of those change to get husband and get him ready to watch boy.

13 Jan 2016, 10:13
I'm fast, maybe not so productive. As a total night owl who is stuck in an early morning job, I don't like to mess around with potential sleep time. I have to be at work at 6a ... with an occasional reprieve to 6:30a.

I wake up, let the dogs out for potty, get dressed, grab my bag, then load the dogs into the car before we take off. I bathe in the evenings so that's already done.

So then I get to work and kennel my guys for a little while I take care of the boarders, then I put then into the daycare room, and in the last few minutes before we open at 7a, I do my basic grooming here at work (just brush my teeth and hair).

I've been a girly girl on hair and make up most of my life, but this job has killed that for me. It's just a waste of product ... the dogs simply don't care. ;)

If I get an office job again at any point, I will probably switch back to a longer morning routine with straightening iron and mascara.

13 Jan 2016, 10:27
Most mornings: Up at 6:30, breakfast, remember my meds (sometimes), make lunch, shower and take wife to work. On weekends, I'm either up our at least awake by 8. I'm an early bird so that's when I work best. In fact, if my morning is off to a bad start, then that effects my ability to work well the rest of the day.

13 Jan 2016, 10:36
Old and retired...lay in bed until I feel the urge to eat,or hit the bathroom...crawl back in bed and watch news or play a video game,or go online...Nap time when I feel the need..

13 Jan 2016, 11:26
What it was for decades: Up around 5:30, feed pet(s), coffee while listening to traffic report to know which way to go to work, shower, dress & out the door by 6:45 to drive less than 20 miles and be there by 8.
How it is now: Much slower, thankfully! No more traffic reports or getting out the door.

B. de Corbin
13 Jan 2016, 11:30
Make coffee, feed critters, accomplish the three S's, brush remaining teeth and remaining hair, pull on me pantaloons, let dog "A" out, take dog "B" out, drink coffee previously made, notice I'm late and race out the door.

13 Jan 2016, 11:32
I know what the 3 S's are,but some might not have ever heard that term...:cool:

B. de Corbin
13 Jan 2016, 11:35
My duty?

To inform the ignorant...

The Three S’s – All Part of The Ritual (http://www.thebachelorguy.com/the-three-ss-all-part-of-the-ritual/)

13 Jan 2016, 12:49
Old and retired...lay in bed until I feel the urge to eat,or hit the bathroom...crawl back in bed and watch news or play a video game,or go online...Nap time when I feel the need..Not old or retired but I do pretty much the same.

13 Jan 2016, 12:59
(By the way, I wouldn't expect much from an article with such title)

Lol, not sure if that was exactly the title, but it was pretty close...

I just thought it was funny because these women were like "I do yoga and then check my email" or "I go to the gym at 6 and then grab my wheatgrass smoothie and have a morning meeting before I check my email..." or my favorite "after a glass of warm lemon water, I check email and return phone calls and then workout from 10-noon"

Seriously, if that is what "productivity" looks like to be successful, then I need to slow my roll.

I'm up at 0445*, start my water for tea, check homework, hop in the shower, get dressed, make my tea to steep, do a load of dishes, drink my tea, get the kid's clothes laid out and backpacks packed (lunches get made the night before or by dad who gets up at 0415), sweep the floor, make 1st breakfast for the kids, wake the kids up and make sure they feed themselves, brush my teeth and hair, make sure the kids get teeth and hair brushed and get dressed, make my lunch and smoothie, get my shoes and coat, get the kids' shoes and coats on, remind Chickadee where her phone is so she can call me before they lock up and walk to the bus stop, give Sharkbait his meds, take my own meds, start the kids making their beds, and go to work. I leave home at 0610-0615 and I'm in my office by 0630-0645. The kids (at the new school) catch the bus at 0650 and are at school by 0710 (before they would have been at the babysitter at 0600 but not gone to school til 0900). My email and messages are checked and sorted for the importance of how soon I need to attend to their content by 0700. I'm usually in meetings by then, or checking out job sites or evaluating issues that have cropped up. Occasionally, I'm already teaching a class.

I can't even begin to imagine how a 10-noon workout is considered remotely productive. And I'm pretty sure all these women have a housekeeper and/or nanny or no kids...I do have a spouse that helps with the kid stuff, but generally, I'm reminding him to do the stuff I'd do so I can do other things that have come up (like finding clean socks or a lucky tshirt or cleaning up a spill).

*sometimes I roll out of bed at 0530...usually if I had to get up with Sharkbait who often has bouts of insomnia or if I had an asthma-y night, and cram all of that into 45 minutes instead of 95 minutes.

13 Jan 2016, 14:59
Psffff, a 2 hour work out my foot. If I am an a.m. shift which is what I'm doing now I go in at 5 or 7 which means I roll out of bed at 4 or 6. I start my car, I get dressed I make the boys go outside and stand with them and I'm in the car on my way no later the 4:25, or 6:25. If I'm off I get up I take the boys out, I have coffee and or tea and I check emails and check PF, might eat breakfast might not. This is also what I did if I worked nights. My mornings have never been productive its the nights that I do everything.

13 Jan 2016, 22:33

If it's a shelter day, I get up at 800, eat breakfast, head to shelter until about 1300.

If it's not a shelter day, wake up at the same time, eat breakfast, make schedule for the day.

If it's a bad pain day, I pretty much just stay in bed.

13 Jan 2016, 22:44
I do not wake up in the morning. Well the first time I wake up it's about 5am to pee pee. Then I'm back asleep till about noon. But then again I stay up till about 3am ish. So I guess noon is my morning?

Ingest my 12 pills for the morning. Take 30 minutes to do my face. Most of that being my eyebrows. Eat leftover stuff that's near me. And find a Diet Dr Pepper.

Pretty much I'm a teenager that does legal drugs. :p

13 Jan 2016, 23:05
Wake up (usually before the alarm goes off)
*Brush hair & teeth
*Take meds
Get dressed
Feed animals (and let dog out for potty)
Pack lunch, if I remember
Smooch the hubby
Drive to work

*order varies depending on mood...

14 Jan 2016, 02:27
I don't have a set morning, but I keep a fairly strict routine. Morning is often my 'pre-bed wind-down' time if I'm coming off a night shift. In fact, true mornings, that is, those days where I slept through the night and am waking up with the sun, are my equivalent of weekends, so my routine is the least strict of any other day (although I do still have a routine). I'm on annual leave right now so enjoying long lazy mornings (like this one), where I wake up, do anki, get up, skip my meditation (but I'm doing something different later in the day), write in my journal and then post post post on Pagan Forum! I've been busy too though: helping my mum decorate some days, and yesterday I was very productive tidying the cupboard under the stairs and organising all the drawers in the flat!

So I'm going to describe an evening on a work night, where I've slept through the day (the only difference being that I'd wake up earlier on my first day back, because I stay up a little later the night before and sleep right through the following day to reset my body clock). It's not massively different to the routine I described in the Daily Routines (http://www.paganforum.com/showthread.php?10318-Daily-Routines) thread, although it has changed a little.

5:30pm: I generally wake up naturally around this time, but if I don't, I have an alarm set for 6pm, in which case I shave 30 minutes of my study time later.
5:30-6: I lie in bed and do my anki flashcards on my mobile phone. The blue light on my LED screen also helps to wake me up. If I finish anki before 6, I check forums until my alarm goes off at 6. I usually have a few reviews left though, which I finish off when I get to work.
6pm: I get up and sit on the floor (with my duvet around me if it's cold). I have a pre-recorded 10-minute guided meditation that I made myself that I like to do every day.
6:15: I open the bedroom windows to air the room and then go through to the kitchen, have a glass of water and feed Dolly. JP usually comes home around this time.
6:15-6:30: Usually shower, sometimes a bath. Brush teeth.
6:30-6:40: Put the kettle on on my way through the kitchen (our kitchen joins the living room and bathroom), close the bedroom curtains and get dressed for work. I wear a skirt in the flat though, and change into my work jeans before I leave. I'll dry or plait my hair at this point too.

* If it's a dinner night (I don't cook for us every night), I'll start it before my shower and finish up after getting dressed. We'd then sit down to eat together at around 7pm, in which case I'll shave any lost time off my study session.

6:40-7: If it's not a dinner night, I'll make a pot of tea and put it on my desk (I keep it warm by sitting it on an oil burner). JP and I will then workout together for 20 minutes. Then JP makes himself some dinner and I make a light breakfast.
7-9: I check my study schedule then sit down at my desk (or a table on the floor if I don't need my PC). If I need to eat breakfast, I'll do so while reading a news article in Japanese on NHK News. If I've already eaten, I start my session by making a video journal to practice speaking. Then I start my planned session. I have my light box on while doing this, and I use an alarm clock to make sure I don't study more than 40 minutes without a break (which is the lower estimate of how long your brain can keep learning new material before it starts forgetting what you learnt earlier in the session, but also conveniently how long they recommend you sit by a light box).

If I finish early, I spend the rest of the time on forums, or chatting with friends on Skype or Line.

* If it's a Monday night, I get into my work jeans, make my packed lunch and pack my bag for work between 7 and 8. JP and I then walk to the pool together for the adult only swim at 8:30. On work nights I get out of the pool before JP so I'm dressed, hair dried and make up done by 9:20. JP joins me at the mirrors and then he walks me to work because it's a long dark (although busy) road between the pool and my work.

9pm: I change into my work jeans, make my packed lunch, pack my bag (my job includes long periods of sitting around with nothing to do, so I always take some kind of book or activity to do) and do my makeup. If it's my turn to do the dishes, I'll do them now too.
9:40: I leave for work. It's not far so I walk. I always call my mum on my way to work to make sure she's okay, even after swimming when JP walks me to work!

14 Jan 2016, 05:18
I'm hardly productive. I get up, eat breakfast, take my meds, get on the computer for a few, then lay back down.

14 Jan 2016, 10:29
I just thought it was funny because these women were like "after a glass of warm lemon water, I check email and return phone calls and then workout from 10-noon"
Obviously the 21st century equivalent of "ladies who lunch". I think I prefer the old school!

I'm not a morning person, and it was with profound relief that I gave up work at 47. I wake at 7, head for the loo, and then return to bed and radio until I feel energetic enough to go back to the bathroom. Breakfast sometime before 9, and my morning walk / shopping expedition around 10. Anything that requires intelligence occurs between 4 pm and 1 am.

18 Jan 2016, 01:50
Mine changes, lately I have been focusing on joint mobility exercises (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ2HI38pcXM&index=3&list=PLq88OOX8SrFW9D9P-zIdrz0JIKGLJj3is) on my early mornings to wake me up and a kundalini meditaition to awaken my mind and ease stress. On my days off and evening shifts I perform a longer routine of joint mobility exercises with warm ups and a basic fitness (a few calisthenics) or an advanced fitness routine (sandbag [backback filled with hard cover books and two medium beer jugs filled with water), harder calisthenics, or weightlifting) depending on how my body is feeling first thing. Every (other) Saturday I practice Bagua.

The nice thing about the joint mobility exercises I do is they each can start in your bed and you can just roll out to perform the rest of the set(s).

My other routine consists of an every other day routine of medical qigong and martial qigong.

What I find the most rewarding are my rest days where I just wake up and do whatever I want to (my music feels so much better these days for some reason), but I only have these days sparingly, usually if I am hung over (not good for music!), but even then I might wake up with maximum repetition push ups, dips, pull ups (Around the World) and squats to push my mind out of laziness and eat healthy to clear my system of the lasts night debauchery.

Oh, and use the restroom, the most important.

24 Jan 2016, 16:38
My current routine (on maternity leave):

Wake up at 700am, get the kiddos up and make them breakfast while they get dressed. At 8am we leave for school. Then I come back and, if the newborn allows it, I manage to eat cereal and possibly do a load of dishes. The rest of the day is spent doing odd jobs during the baby naps.

However, 3 days a week I go to the chiropractor after I drop off the kids at school, and then home. I am really not productive right now, sadly.

24 Jan 2016, 22:37
I'm going to give morning meditation another try. Starting from today.

(Even though I kind of enjoyed my life as a meditation skeptic.)

25 Jan 2016, 05:17
My days are kinda like this
* means sometimes

8:00 am Wake up to alarm , groan, turn it off, go back to sleep
*8-9 am Beagle jumps on bed, licks my face till I wake up an kick her off. Groan. Get up and get clothes out for day. If day three, shower , brush teeth while conditioner is in hair, finish shower, shave, get dressed. Otherwise wash in sink, brush teeth, get dressed. eat Bfast, take meds, make sure Vanli has taken meds. Mon/tue/wed/fri Go to work sometime after 9 (Flex hours) ring Vanli at least once on mon/fri (more hours) before noon to check she hasn't had a seizure. Thursday. Get started on research or writing for book by 9:30. Sat/Sun Ring john to see if he want's bacon and eggs bfast. if not see thursday. if so walk dogs to his house walk back with him - Talk about book - what he thinks of latest chapter (If done) bounce ideas off him (He's got a thick skin) then wander through events of the week (John is a friend of mine - he's agnostic his wife is a devout but liberal muslim - no pork allowed in thier house EVER - she even insists on bringing her own frying pan if she cooks at our house)
9:00am get up swear at self for sleeping in again Rush through above and get to work as soon as possible (or research, or ring john to see if he still wants bacon and eggs bfast)
1030am mon/friday Work. Otherwise research, writing until I have written at least 10 possible plot point/ expansions on concepts/Clarifications/ .... / ... / .. / or 1200 words for novel. At noon drop everything (unless still at work or writing is going well) Review book so far.
While doing all this checking on Vanli every half hour to make sure she's fine and to bounce possible ideas/plot points ... (you get the idea)

I still find getting up at 8 am hard, no matter when I get to bed (Anywhere from 10pm to 3-4 am) I have insomnia because I spent several years working as bar security and night security - 5-6 days a week the earliest I'd get to bed was 3 am many 'nights' it was 6 am - My longest stretch was 288 days straight work working an average of 12 hours a day - NEVER doing that again!!!!! (6 jobs at the time and I was afraid to say 'no', was saving for a house deposit.):=I:

I'm now a full time carer for Vanli and I take it seriously.