The other morning, as I rubbed sleep out of my eyes, I scrolled through my Facebook news feed and saw an article shared by Get Rich Slowly.

Forbes asked how several leaders who are women started their days and being curious, I gave the article a skim and noticed some common themes, like breakfast and a few moments to themselves (they all spent the time differently).

It was interesting to see how others dove into their day and it got me thinking about my own routine, which I’ll share just for fun.

6:30 a.m. – First alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

6:40 a.m. – Second alarm goes off. Reach for my phone and start checking email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google News. Scan the news and headlines. Bookmark some things to read later.

6:50 a.m. – Hop in the shower. Contemplate why mornings are so painful.

7:00 a.m. – Get dressed. Say good morning to the Mister while he eats breakfast in the kitchen.

7:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Pack lunch (some days), futz with hair, brush teeth, and ensure I don’t look like a rag-a-muffin. Contemplate what a rag-a-muffin really looks like, or if my mother just made it up. Get distracted.

7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. – Jostle with getting shoes and coats on before departing the humble abode. Hug and kiss goodbye, “have a good day!”, and commute to work. Listen to NPR News or music along the way.

7:50 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Park and walk to the office. Sometimes stop at Starbucks for a juice, tea, or breakfast treat. I either bring breakfast or stop to get it, but I usually eat at my desk once I get in.

I’m not the type to work out before work. I don’t always remember to fix myself breakfast or lunch (I much prefer sleep). I wish I would try 5 minutes of meditation, but I’d be too afraid to doze off again.

Regardless of whatever position you hold or lifestyle you pursue, I think it’s a fun exercise to examine routine. We rarely take the time to do so and it’s always good to hold up a mirror to what we do every day. Sometimes, we notice something interesting about ourselves. Maybe you’ll discover what you value, or maybe where you have room for improvement.

How do you spend your morning?

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