Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hello there, friend,

What I have learned about myself, in part from listening to Gretchen Rubin's podcast and in part from trial and error, is that morning is the best time for me to get things done. I don't mind waking early to cross a few things off the to-do list. But the question is, which things? If I had my own way, I would write morning pages, read my bible, read at least one chapter of whatever book I'm reading, take a walk or do yoga, and get an hour of work under my belt. In order to accomplish this, I'd have to get up around 4 a.m. and, let's be realistic, that is never going to happen.

But some of those are simply preferences, not things that won't get done if they aren't done first thing in the morning. If I don't exercise first thing, I will later in the day. Same for reading and working. So, perhaps I should be starting my day writing morning pages and reading my bible, the two things I know I will struggle to do if I look up at 4 o'clock in the afternoon and haven't done them yet.

What usually happens, though, is that I flip my computer open as I'm brushing my teeth, run downstairs to start the coffee, and get right to work on whatever is most pressing that day. I'm hoping that will change next year when my son heads to Pre-K each morning and my work life evens out a bit. Maybe then, I'll take that hour in the morning for something else, something like what lacing up your sneakers and heading out the door has become for you -- a way to start the day off feeling fantastic.