Are you the type who lounges in bed before grabbing yesterday’s pants and a raw bagel before you scoot out the door, or are you someone who prefers slow mornings with ample silence and a hot cuppa’ before starting the day?
This post provided insight into how intellectuals and creatives greet the sunrise (or mid-afternoon) and inspired us to reflect on our morning routine.
Natalie and I are dedicated writers and avid readers, and I’d wager that it’s a struggle for most creatives to balance waking early to write and going to bed late with a good book and glass of wine (or bourbon).
I’m constantly comparing my daily habits and morning rituals to other famous writers who I admire; Sylvia Plath rose at 4 a.m. and Ernest Hemingway at 6 a.m., while Simone de Beauvoir didn’t start her day until at least 10 a.m.
My mornings are all the same whether I work or it’s the weekend. I’m a creature of habit. My mom used to tease me for eating the same thing for breakfast when I lived at home: poached eggs on toast with a bit of cheese. And I certainly haven’t changed. I like doing the same thing every morning. I find it’s one less thing to think about.
I’m always in a hurry to get going, though in general I dislike starting the day. I first have tea and then, at about ten o’clock, I get under way and work until one. – Simone de Beauvoir
To start the day, I like to meditate, do my own yoga practice (unless I can drop into one of Carolyn’s classes), and reflect on the previous day and the present day’s intentions over coffee. I find that I can’t write, my thoughts are too buoyant and I need something grounding before a day hustling at work. Otherwise, I get lost and have no focus.
So, I spend a few moments playing with Zooey in bed, flick through Instagram and email (a habit I think inhibits self-reflection and creativity, but unfortunately, necessary to stay on top of things), and let myself enjoy a cuppa’ joe in total silence before leaving my apartment.
I’ve often seemed to be a morning person. In high school, I took choir and would trek down to practice for 7 a.m. For years I went to Sunday morning pilates, cutting my weekend dozing short. When I worked at a bakery, I’d hop on a bus at 6 a.m. to open the store on time.
When I don’t have to get up early though, I adore a morning spent luxuriating over tea and a good book. Granted, my morning routine is guaranteed to change when I start work at my new co-op position: the first few days are sure to be a nervous whirlwind of early mornings and too much coffee. For now though, here’s what my morning routine has looked like as I’ve finished with classes and my old job:
- Jolt awake at the ringing of an alarm. Hit snooze, until I feel guilty.
- Trudge downstairs, avoiding stepping on roommate’s cat as she claws at the stairs’ carpeting.
- Eat breakfast and make a big mug of tea. Bring tea back upstairs to bed.
- Sit in bed with laptop and check work email. Respond to emails, and filter through the deluge of spam.
- Compile the day’s to-do list, then proceed to ignore it while making rounds through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
- Finally finish tea and roll out yoga mat for a quick round of Blogilates.
- Work on essays and studying. Alternate productivity with total laziness, watching YouTube videos and checking Instagram.
Clearly, my mornings lately are replete with rest and relaxation. Especially since I finished my exams, I’ve been in mega-vacation mode. Yet, while it’s not exactly productive, there’s something to be said for relaxing when the opportunity presents itself. In our society, it’s easy to feel guilty when we aren’t on the go-go-go; but it’s important to recognize when you need to destress and hit refresh.
So, we want to know, how do you GSD in the morning?