Morning Ritual

I’ve developed this terrible habit.  After I slide off the alarm on my phone, I habitually, unconsciously began scrolling through emails in a dreary just-waking state.  Archive. Delete. Archive. Save for later.   Instead of stretching, or taking a moment to center, my brain is mindlessly zoning into the bright LED screen of my phone.

If I catch myself checking emails as I rise, I’ve started to ask myself, Is this someone I want in bed with me?  More often than not, the emails are better suited for the office.  Or at least the living room.  Although there are times I feel like Groupon has been courting me for long enough now…

I hate to admit it, but this is something I am going to need to show some discipline on.  Yesterday, I woke up 15 minutes earlier than I normally would have, left my emails out of my getting ready process, and set aside enough time to read an article while sipping my coffee and eating my breakfast.  It’s amazing how much of a difference 15 minutes can make.  The energy out the door, at least for me, often sets the energy for the day.  What is your morning ritual like, and what is the first thing you do when you wake?

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