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« Reply #50 on: September 30, 2014, 07:58:04 AM »
My mornings have been depressing me, so inspired by this thread, I am trying a new routine.

Wake up sometime b/w 5:00-5:30
Get dressed in biking clothes
Breakfast, coffee, read the parts of the sunday paper I didn't get to
Pack bag if I didn't do it the night before
No later than 6:20 bike to the gym next to my office
Arrive at approximately 7-730 am - Lift weights / yoga / pilates / swim
around 8, take a quick shower and get dressed
820 - walk to work
830 at desk

It was a GREAT morning. Thanks for the inspiration.

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« Reply #51 on: September 30, 2014, 07:59:30 AM »
My mornings have been depressing me, so inspired by this thread, I am trying a new routine.

Wake up sometime b/w 5:00-5:30
Get dressed in biking clothes
Breakfast, coffee, read the parts of the sunday paper I didn't get to
Pack bag if I didn't do it the night before
No later than 6:20 bike to the gym next to my office
Arrive at approximately 7-730 am - Lift weights / yoga / pilates / swim
around 8, take a quick shower and get dressed
820 - walk to work
830 at desk

It was a GREAT morning. Thanks for the inspiration.

Oh yeah, the depressing mornings were, snooze alarm until 715; haphazardly get dressed. Maybe bike, more likely slop over to the subway, arrive at work 5 to 10 minutes late where I spend the first 20 minutes of day making breakfast.  Not good!

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« Reply #52 on: September 30, 2014, 08:09:01 AM »
Monday through Friday:

3:30 am - feed nagging cats and go back to bed (I'm their slave)
5:50 am - wake up for the second time and make coffee
6-6:20 - shower and get dressed and ready for the day
6:25 - 6:55 - eat breakfast and browse PF sites
7 am - ride bike to work most days

The bike ride wakes me up more than the coffee I think.



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« Reply #53 on: September 30, 2014, 08:20:18 AM »
M-F

6:00am - alarm goes off, hit snooze once
6:09am - get up, make coffee, brush teeth, wash face, start cooking breakfast of egg and bagel sandwich
6:20am - check weather, pick out clothes, pack lunch, eat breakfast while reading a book
6:40am - get dressed, style hair, minimal makeup routine
6:50am - leave for work - drive or walk, it takes a similar amount of time to get there since I live a mile away
7:00am - arrive at work

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9am-10am - wake up, make coffee, lounge around, eventually make breakfast and get dressed

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« Reply #54 on: September 30, 2014, 10:00:10 AM »
Wake up between 6 and 6:15. Bathroom necessities and get dressed by 6:30 to 6:45. Breakfast with kids then get the kids out to bus stop by 7:10. Leave for work about 7:20 to 7:30. I have my change of clothes and lunch all ready to go the night before so I just need to pack them in my panniers and hit the road after the bus leaves. Usually get to work about 8:30. Respond to some emails before getting a shower and changing. Ready to work at 9. Wish I could leave a little earlier to avoid more traffic but my wife is currently needing to leave for work before the school bus comes. That should change next month.

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« Reply #55 on: September 30, 2014, 01:28:49 PM »
Mine's probably not ideal :)

7:00 - alarm (radio) goes off, listen to it whilst waking up
7:35 - get out of bed, go to shower, brush teeth/hair, shave, get dressed, etc
8:10 - grab everything I need and leave for work
9:00-9:10am - arrive at work


Hey, another person who wakes up slowly. I thought I was gonna be the only one on the thread who doesn't leap out of bed,  run a marathon, and cure cancer before the sun comes up. ;)

7:00--radio alarm goes off
7:10--husband brings me coffee in bed
7:15 to 7:35--open eyes, close eyes, snooze, roll over, pet cat, slurp coffee
7:35--get up, shower, dress, etc.
8-8:15--leave for work

Lately, the doze-off-and-roll-over stage has been lasting somewhat longer. Fortunately, my commute is pretty short, and I can always get in by 9. I used to get up at 7:30, but I'd rather drag my butt out of bed a little earlier and not stay late at the office.

Exercise is something I do after work, as part of my decompressing. I have tried to exercise in the mornings. But I am too groggy, plus afterward I want to relax instead of going to work. I can't consistently get up much earlier than I do now without really feeling it in terms of daily sleepiness and long-term fatigue.

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« Reply #56 on: September 30, 2014, 02:13:27 PM »
These people scare me. I consider getting up long before dawn to be inhuman and inhumane. Fact of life in more northern areas in winter, I know, but 4 or 5 AM,  year-round?

I [try] to go to sleep by 11 or midnight. My goal is to wake up at 7 on a regular basis. Currently more like 7:30-8. Leave the house between 8:30 and 9:30 to get to work between 9 and 10. Maybe a little earlier if I have a 9am meeting with my advisor.

Actual routine tends to be shower, brush teeth, dress, water kitchen herbs, pack lunch/backpack, then either eat or pack breakfast depending on time, bike or bus to campus, and either grab a beverage or have my breakfast while checking emails/planning my day. Or preparing for that 9AM meeting (getting notes together, etc).

I work out before dinner. My body cannot handle morning exertion greater than biking. Works fine, I think.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #57 on: September 30, 2014, 02:21:10 PM »
6:31 Jump out of bed, turn off alarm
6:32 Shower
6:48 Brush teeth/grab wallet/keys/etc
6:55 Let the dogs out
6:57 Grab lunch container, if no container exists, fill a container with something lunchy, toss in grocery bag
7:05 Dick around online, check email, download podcasts to my phone/move around music to my phone/other generic prep for commute/work
7:15 Let dogs back in except Large Stubborn Black Mutt
7:18 Let in Large Stubborn Black Mutt
7:20 Depart

I could definitely more efficientize this routine now that I'm looking at it.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #58 on: September 30, 2014, 02:22:42 PM »
These people scare me. I consider getting up long before dawn to be inhuman and inhumane. Fact of life in more northern areas in winter, I know, but 4 or 5 AM,  year-round?

I [try] to go to sleep by 11 or midnight. My goal is to wake up at 7 on a regular basis. Currently more like 7:30-8. Leave the house between 8:30 and 9:30 to get to work between 9 and 10. Maybe a little earlier if I have a 9am meeting with my advisor.

Actual routine tends to be shower, brush teeth, dress, water kitchen herbs, pack lunch/backpack, then either eat or pack breakfast depending on time, bike or bus to campus, and either grab a beverage or have my breakfast while checking emails/planning my day. Or preparing for that 9AM meeting (getting notes together, etc).

I work out before dinner. My body cannot handle morning exertion greater than biking. Works fine, I think.

I can't get up much earlier than about 6am, so I don't. I also can't get up much later than 7am either. Work is flex hours, so I like to be able to be home for dinner at a reasonable time (6:30 pm) and that means getting up at 6am so I can get to work at 8am. I go to sleep at 9 to give myself 9 hours of sleep time.

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« Reply #59 on: September 30, 2014, 03:47:52 PM »
These people scare me. I consider getting up long before dawn to be inhuman and inhumane. Fact of life in more northern areas in winter, I know, but 4 or 5 AM,  year-round?
Back when I was working I'd regularly get up at around 4 - even on days off. I worked 10 hour days (plus lunch and an hour long commute in both directions) starting at 6 am so wanted to walk my dogs and get a run in before work. Once I quit working sleeping in until 6 am is pretty darn luxurious :-)!

 

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« Reply #60 on: September 30, 2014, 04:29:32 PM »
At long last, we finally know who let the dogs out.

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« Reply #61 on: September 30, 2014, 04:31:11 PM »
These people scare me. I consider getting up long before dawn to be inhuman and inhumane. Fact of life in more northern areas in winter, I know, but 4 or 5 AM,  year-round?
Back when I was working I'd regularly get up at around 4 - even on days off. I worked 10 hour days (plus lunch and an hour long commute in both directions) starting at 6 am so wanted to walk my dogs and get a run in before work. Once I quit working sleeping in until 6 am is pretty darn luxurious :-)!

I can see how that would work. But that's not the life I'd choose for myself. ;)

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« Reply #62 on: September 30, 2014, 07:55:02 PM »
This thread reminded me to get back into the habit of writing immediately after waking up, well, in reality, after making coffee and doing my 5 minute yoga flow.  I originally was inspired to write first thing in the morning after reading Mason Currey's Daily Rituals (http://masoncurrey.com/Daily-Rituals ).  A common theme among successful artists is that they develop daily work habits.  Recently I'd gone astray from mine by putting off my writing to later in the morning.  That led to some angsty days.  Today, I reverted to my 'daily ritual', have finished my daily word count and am free to enjoy the rest of the day.

Thanks for starting this thread. :).


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« Reply #63 on: September 30, 2014, 09:32:48 PM »
At long last, we finally know who let the dogs out.
Releasing "The Barkinator" at 4 am to wake the sleeping, but addled,  public has always been part of my plan for world domination. 

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« Reply #64 on: September 30, 2014, 09:39:27 PM »
These people scare me. I consider getting up long before dawn to be inhuman and inhumane. Fact of life in more northern areas in winter, I know, but 4 or 5 AM,  year-round?

I [try] to go to sleep by 11 or midnight. My goal is to wake up at 7 on a regular basis. Currently more like 7:30-8. Leave the house between 8:30 and 9:30 to get to work between 9 and 10. Maybe a little earlier if I have a 9am meeting with my advisor.

Actual routine tends to be shower, brush teeth, dress, water kitchen herbs, pack lunch/backpack, then either eat or pack breakfast depending on time, bike or bus to campus, and either grab a beverage or have my breakfast while checking emails/planning my day. Or preparing for that 9AM meeting (getting notes together, etc).

I work out before dinner. My body cannot handle morning exertion greater than biking. Works fine, I think.

Yes, who are these strange people? It looks like us night owls have encroached on the early-bird-catches-the-worm crowd. Let's start a new thread called "evening rituals and routines for success".

My morning routine is chaotic and stressful. And that's just the time between when my alarm clock sounds and I get out of bed. I have minimized the routine after getting up and getting out the door down to about 30 minutes, which includes eating breakfast and preparing lunch. I am quick once out of bed. But the getting out of bed part is such a struggle. After getting up, it's pretty streamlined in order to maximize my time in bed. I am grateful I work somewhere with flexible hours. I'm almost embarassed to post here my wake up time and work arrival time.

I even need to shower the night before because just the thought of having to get up and do one more thing is too much to bear.

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« Reply #65 on: October 01, 2014, 06:57:38 AM »
At long last, we finally know who let the dogs out.
Releasing "The Barkinator" at 4 am to wake the sleeping, but addled,  public has always been part of my plan for world domination.

The Barkinator, hah. I love it.

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« Reply #66 on: October 01, 2014, 09:15:32 AM »
These people scare me. I consider getting up long before dawn to be inhuman and inhumane. Fact of life in more northern areas in winter, I know, but 4 or 5 AM,  year-round?

Oh, I 100% agree.  My alarm going off each morning is painful, but sadly the industry I work in starts early- one more reason to focus on FIRE, or at least enough FU $ to change to a lower paying career.  In the meantime maxing that 401(k) etc makes the pain easier to bear.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #67 on: October 01, 2014, 01:36:14 PM »
I have made strong effort to cut down on my "coffee/ computer time" before my morning treadmill session as it has been cutting into my time to workout.
I am now spending half of this hour using the ipad on the treadmill via slow walk on incline which has been a win win.

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« Reply #68 on: October 02, 2014, 06:22:02 AM »
I usually prep a lot the night before, since I don't like to fumble around in the morning, and I don't like to "take my time" either. I need to get to work and start the day!

-pack lunch (usually leftovers)
-wash bottles, pack diaper bag for baby
-pick out clothes for work
-set up coffee maker to brew at 0500
-even straighten my hair if I'm feeling really ambitious

In the morning, I wake up at 0500, when the coffee begins brewing.

-nurse baby
-brush teeth, wash face, a little makeup, and 5 min on my hair
-dress
-pour coffee
-grab lunch

Out the door at 0530, at work by 0550. I work until 1330/1430, so I have the afternoon for baby, workouts, groceries, reading news, and making dinner. Husband does the morning routine with baby between 0630-0730.

Pretty simple. Once I start hitting snooze I am in big trouble, so if I'm tempted, I set the alarm a little earlier the next day. Working out in the morning is muuuuch easier and a great way to be motivated for the day, but not an option right now. We stagger our work schedules to keep baby from having 10 hour days in daycare (usually 5-7 hours).

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #69 on: October 02, 2014, 09:18:36 AM »
5:30am: My husband grabs the baby and the three of us play in bed for a bit
5:45: I roll out of bed, eat and pump breast milk
6:00: Shower and get dressed
6:20: Nurse baby and cuddle for a while
7:00: Walk a block to daycare, drop baby off, return home
7:15: Grab my stuff and my bike and ride to work
8:00: Arrive at work

 

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Success
« Reply #70 on: October 02, 2014, 09:38:06 AM »
Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.

Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and I went into a dream.


Okay, for real:

5:00 Wake up
5:02--5:15  Wander out, chat with husband who gets up stupidly earlier, pet various cats, hit the bathroom
5:15--6:15  Go online, read email, news and blogs
6:15--6:20  Place today's work top and shoes in backpack
6:20--6:30  Make lunch, place containers in bag, place in backpack
6:30--6:45  Dress in work pants, t-shirt and sneakers for walk, fix hair, wash face
6:45--7:45  Walk to work (2.7 miles)
7:45--7:55  At work, clean up as necessary, change into full work outfit
8:00  At my desk!

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #71 on: October 02, 2014, 09:48:27 AM »
0530 wake up
-brush teeth and put on clothes-
0545 leave for work

Glad I'm not the only one with a short routine!
5:15 alarm goes off
5:25 get up, brush teeth/hair, wash face, get dressed
5:45 put together lunch, make tea and fill to-go cup
5:55 leave for work

I like the idea of exercising in the morning, but I dislike the idea of getting up before 5 more.

+1

I have two routines:

6:00 - Wake
6:10 - Poop
6:20 - Dress/Add air to bike tires and turn on lights, snap on panniers
7:00 - arrive at work
7:05 - shower
7:10 - eat oatmeal

6:00 - Wake
6:10 - Poop
6:15 - shower
6:20 - Dress/Grab backpack and hop in car
6:50 - arrive at work
7:00 - eat oatmeal

A big morning ritual sounds like a real pain in the ass.  I prefer to exercise at night, because after a really hard workout I am semi-comatose.  I don't understand people who enjoy being woken up by their alarm clock multiple times in the morning.  If you're that tired, wouldn't getting the extra sleep uninterrupted be better than constantly hitting snooze???

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« Reply #72 on: October 02, 2014, 10:38:33 AM »
Here lately, I've been trying Dr. Doom's approach of sleeping as late as possible while still giving myself enough time to get ready for work.  It minimizes the amount of time I have to think about my workday.

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« Reply #73 on: October 02, 2014, 03:39:51 PM »
8:00 Tumble outta bed
8:05 I stumble to the kitchen (pour myself a cup of ambition)
8:10 Yawn and stretch and try to come to life
8:20 Jump in the shower (and the blood starts pumpin')
8:45 Out on the street, the traffic starts jumpin' with folks like me on the job from 9 to 5

But seriously, I'm single, no kids/pets, and on a very generous flex-time schedule.  I need the help of this thread. :-)

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« Reply #74 on: October 02, 2014, 04:28:39 PM »
I work night shift, 7p-7a, so this is afternoon/evening instead of morning.

4:30 - reset alarm for 5
5:00 - wake up, check fb, etc., on phone
5:15 - get up, pee, put biking clothes on
5:20 - take dog out, feed all the pets
5:30 - breakfast
5:50 - i have time for a little more internet, right?
6:00 - oh shit, no, i didn't have time; pack lunch & clothes
6:10 - bike to work
6:35 - change clothes
6:45 - clock in, be productive

I shower in the mornings after biking home and am generally in bed by 8:30 or so. 

This wasn't an intentionally created routine; it just sort of happens.  It could definitely be more efficient/productive, but working 12-hr shifts doesn't leave much room for anything but sleep.  Luckily I only work 3 days/week, so I have the other 4 days to take care of the rest of my life.

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« Reply #75 on: October 02, 2014, 05:29:43 PM »
amending my previous description:

lemon water.  allergy pills. yoga. coffee. write (at least 500 words).

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« Reply #76 on: October 02, 2014, 06:06:41 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

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« Reply #77 on: October 02, 2014, 07:49:43 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I was up at 4:30 this morning ... I was simply wide awake thinking about writing so I got up and got busy writing.  I would love to sleep in all cozy til ten,  like I did as a teenager, but my body and brain deny me that joy.  Oh well, good coffee is a great consolation.

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« Reply #78 on: October 02, 2014, 08:05:22 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

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« Reply #79 on: October 02, 2014, 08:29:21 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

I posted, and I usually wake up naturally around 7:30-8:30 am.   I *hate* getting up before 7:30, and almost never have to (once a year?), and a couple times a month I wind up sleeping in past 9 even.

I'm already a super-duper efficient person (possibly too efficient, if there is such a thing) and do not believe that getting up earlier would positively affect my life at all, if it makes you feel better.

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« Reply #80 on: October 02, 2014, 08:32:05 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

I figure sleeping should be like eating:

eat when you're hungry, stop when you're not.
sleep when you're tired, stop when you're not.

It's probably best to sleep the hours that leave you feeling most rested.  If sleeping in rejuvenates you for the day, hell, I say revel in it!

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« Reply #81 on: October 02, 2014, 09:28:09 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

I posted, and I usually wake up naturally around 7:30-8:30 am.   I *hate* getting up before 7:30, and almost never have to (once a year?), and a couple times a month I wind up sleeping in past 9 even.

I'm already a super-duper efficient person (possibly too efficient, if there is such a thing) and do not believe that getting up earlier would positively affect my life at all, if it makes you feel better.

Another night owl 8-hour sleeper here! I think we night owls need to hijack this thread and show everyone how productive the 12-2am hours can be.

I think I read once a critique on the old Ben Franklin quote of "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". It mentioned that back in Franklin's day, people had to do their work during daylight hours due to the lack of electricity and having to work by candlelight at night. And half the country was working on farms at the time.

Night owls can succeed in modern times due to electricity advances. Thank you Thomas Jefferson for the wonderful light bulb.

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« Reply #82 on: October 02, 2014, 09:42:41 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

I posted, and I usually wake up naturally around 7:30-8:30 am.   I *hate* getting up before 7:30, and almost never have to (once a year?), and a couple times a month I wind up sleeping in past 9 even.

I'm already a super-duper efficient person (possibly too efficient, if there is such a thing) and do not believe that getting up earlier would positively affect my life at all, if it makes you feel better.

Another night owl 8-hour sleeper here! I think we night owls need to hijack this thread and show everyone how productive the 12-2am hours can be.

I think I read once a critique on the old Ben Franklin quote of "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". It mentioned that back in Franklin's day, people had to do their work during daylight hours due to the lack of electricity and having to work by candlelight at night. And half the country was working on farms at the time.

Night owls can succeed in modern times due to electricity advances. Thank you Thomas Jefferson for the wonderful light bulb.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #83 on: October 02, 2014, 09:50:19 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

I posted, and I usually wake up naturally around 7:30-8:30 am.   I *hate* getting up before 7:30, and almost never have to (once a year?), and a couple times a month I wind up sleeping in past 9 even.

I'm already a super-duper efficient person (possibly too efficient, if there is such a thing) and do not believe that getting up earlier would positively affect my life at all, if it makes you feel better.

Another night owl 8-hour sleeper here! I think we night owls need to hijack this thread and show everyone how productive the 12-2am hours can be.

I think I read once a critique on the old Ben Franklin quote of "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". It mentioned that back in Franklin's day, people had to do their work during daylight hours due to the lack of electricity and having to work by candlelight at night. And half the country was working on farms at the time.

Night owls can succeed in modern times due to electricity advances. Thank you Thomas Jefferson for the wonderful light bulb.

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Oops. Typing fast after a couple of glasses of wine is not a good idea. Edison. Happy now?

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #84 on: October 02, 2014, 10:10:21 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

I posted, and I usually wake up naturally around 7:30-8:30 am.   I *hate* getting up before 7:30, and almost never have to (once a year?), and a couple times a month I wind up sleeping in past 9 even.

I'm already a super-duper efficient person (possibly too efficient, if there is such a thing) and do not believe that getting up earlier would positively affect my life at all, if it makes you feel better.

Another night owl 8-hour sleeper here! I think we night owls need to hijack this thread and show everyone how productive the 12-2am hours can be.

I think I read once a critique on the old Ben Franklin quote of "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". It mentioned that back in Franklin's day, people had to do their work during daylight hours due to the lack of electricity and having to work by candlelight at night. And half the country was working on farms at the time.

Night owls can succeed in modern times due to electricity advances. Thank you Thomas Jefferson for the wonderful light bulb.

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Oops. Typing fast after a couple of glasses of wine is not a good idea. Edison. Happy now?

Sorry didn't mean to come off as a fuss-budget - it just made me laugh.  Thomas Jefferson was after all, the ultimate renaissance man.  He likely toyed with electricity and lighting.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #85 on: October 02, 2014, 10:16:28 PM »
I'm surprised at how many super early risers there are here. I thought most Mustachians were office-dwelling engineers who didn't straggle into the office until after 8.

I usually wake up after 8.  I'm fascinated by the number of early risers here.  I wonder if laggards like me are self-selecting out and not contributing to the thread?

I want to be an early riser--a part of me thinks that will help me become a super duper efficient person.  Then I go to bed after 1am and wake up after 8am...

I posted, and I usually wake up naturally around 7:30-8:30 am.   I *hate* getting up before 7:30, and almost never have to (once a year?), and a couple times a month I wind up sleeping in past 9 even.

I'm already a super-duper efficient person (possibly too efficient, if there is such a thing) and do not believe that getting up earlier would positively affect my life at all, if it makes you feel better.

Another night owl 8-hour sleeper here! I think we night owls need to hijack this thread and show everyone how productive the 12-2am hours can be.

I think I read once a critique on the old Ben Franklin quote of "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". It mentioned that back in Franklin's day, people had to do their work during daylight hours due to the lack of electricity and having to work by candlelight at night. And half the country was working on farms at the time.

Night owls can succeed in modern times due to electricity advances. Thank you Thomas Jefferson for the wonderful light bulb.

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Oops. Typing fast after a couple of glasses of wine is not a good idea. Edison. Happy now?

Sorry didn't mean to come off as a fuss-budget - it just made me laugh.  Thomas Jefferson was after all, the ultimate renaissance man.  He likely toyed with electricity and lighting.

Really? That's the part of my post that made you laugh? I thought the rest of my post was pretty laugh-worthy. That last part was just added in for historical reference and wasn't meant to be the funny part. I obviously need another glass of wine... ;-)

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #86 on: October 02, 2014, 10:32:48 PM »
Early morning success rituals? Bah. I'd rather sleep in.

10AM wake up. if i was up late reading, it's by phone alarm.
10-10:30AM check email. water the garden.
10:30-11AM get some rice going in the rice cooker. while that's going, take shower
11-11:30AM eat early lunch
11:30AM off to work


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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #87 on: October 03, 2014, 07:04:41 AM »
7am Wake up after snoozing the alarm since 6.30 (should just set one for 7 right?), get showered and dressed
7.30 Eat breakfast, watch BBC news, get lunch together.
8      Leave house, walk to station
8.20 or 8.30 Get train to work
9      At my desk

My work mates tend to get in between 7.30 and 8 but I can never face getting up that early! I might do it once a month if I need to finish early for some reason... I do find that my morning routine is a bit boring, there isn't really anything to look forward to. Thinking I might need to get the radio going with some happy music and get some tunes on my old ipod for the commute. Winter is coming and it can be pretty depressing getting ready in the dark!
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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #88 on: October 03, 2014, 07:44:46 AM »
Set light to come on at 7:15.

Set radio to turn on at 7:28.

Phone alarm to ring at 7:30.

Roll out of bed at 9....

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #89 on: October 03, 2014, 08:25:31 AM »
my ideal morning routine:
wake up to some killer jazz tunes around 5:00
get up at 5:30 and do some stretching and crunches
6:00 grind some fresh beans and boil water for the french press
6:15 drag dogs and girlfriend out of bed and go for a nice long walk
6:45 'Quality Bathroom Time' and a shower. it's important to have good magazines during QBT.
7:15 scoot out the door for a leisurely bike ride to work.
7:30 make oatmeal
preferably not talk to anyone until after QBT.

in reality i do most of this except for the killer jazz and the 'no talking' rule.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #90 on: October 03, 2014, 09:38:48 AM »
M-F
6AM wake up and get up - if showering, if not get up at 6.30am
6.30am brush teeth, dress [I lay out my clothes the night before], sit down a lot and watch the news or "everybody loves raymond" repeats.  Drink warm water with lemon slice. Do not talk.
7am cook and eat breakfast
7.30am do hair and makeup, pack lunch and snack [made the night before]
8-9am walk to work

I love to sleep, and usually get to bed early, around 10pm

Weekends

Get up whenever I want - usually between 8-9am, exercise - Yoga/30 day shred DVD/sprint intervals in the park, shower, then have breakfast.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #91 on: October 03, 2014, 09:48:06 AM »
I don't always do this, but I do notice a huge difference when I do.

A few years ago I started to roll around in my bed when I wake up, and do it with a smile. Then I say a silent prayer of gratitude. If I have some spare time, I try to just lay down and do a progressive meditation.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #92 on: October 03, 2014, 12:21:59 PM »
I don't understand people who enjoy being woken up by their alarm clock multiple times in the morning.  If you're that tired, wouldn't getting the extra sleep uninterrupted be better than constantly hitting snooze???

I agree! Decide when you really want to get up, and get up at that time! Why give yourself any less than high-quality sleep?

I was tired last night, so I set my alarm for 9AM. Pulled on some clothes, brushed my teeth, made my lunch, biked to work, and was at my desk by 9:45. Night owls unite!

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #93 on: October 04, 2014, 12:10:49 AM »
For my fellow night owls...this has happened to me a few times.



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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #94 on: October 04, 2014, 06:52:20 AM »
I don't always do this, but I do notice a huge difference when I do.

A few years ago I started to roll around in my bed when I wake up, and do it with a smile.

Love this idea, the thought alone brought a smile. Will try tomorrow morning.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #95 on: October 05, 2014, 09:47:38 AM »
My ritual.  Still working for The (military) Man.

0520: Alarm goes off.  Sneak out of bed so I don't wake the wife.
0550: Put on physical training clothes, shave, hop in the car to work.
0610: Quick 10 minute jog to clear the head.
0630: Begin physical training with my soldiers.
0730: PT over, drive to office, shower at the office.
0800: Review personal philosophy, MMM, favorite blogs.
0830: Prioritize tasks for the day.
0840: Open the doors, chaos begins.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #96 on: October 06, 2014, 08:32:48 AM »
This thread inspired me to join. So here I am. 

DH and I have been working on simplifying life, so my routine is easier than a week ago.

Wake up 5:45, log into computer, send daily email to boss. (Yes, everday, my team works from our homes but he wants to hear from us daily).

Than everything runs amuck. Could be doing anything until 7:00 am.  Load of laundry, paying bills, dishes, shower. Never the same twice.

7:00 drive kids to school.
7:30 barn chores
8:00 more running amuck....eventually settling at desk to work.

What a time waster I am. I get a lot done but I think of what I could get done with a plan.  I'd also like to work some exercise into my day.

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #97 on: October 06, 2014, 01:57:40 PM »
I go to bed around midnight~1am.

7:30 Alarm goes off, pre-wake husband, get up, shower
7:50 Wake up husband, get the gym bag ready, look for something to eat
8:10 Go to work
9:30 Wake up

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #98 on: October 06, 2014, 02:04:22 PM »
I have 2 weekday schedules
Driving to work:
04:40 Up, brush teeth, wash face, get on treadmill with laptop desk (homemade!)
05:30 Make Coffee, Pack Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, wash dishes
06:00 Shower
06:30 Take son to bus stop- drive to work (14 miles)
07:20 Arrive work
Bike to work
04:40 Up, brush teeth, wash face, shave, check internet
05:30 Make Coffee, Pack Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
06:00 Drive to local bike trail, park and ride to work (10 miles)
06:50 Arrive gym, shower, walk to work
07:10 Arrive Work

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Re: Morning Rituals and Routines for Sucess
« Reply #99 on: October 11, 2014, 09:33:35 AM »
How do your morning rituals/routines change on the weekends?

For me, I get up later and usually postpone exercise until about 11 or 12.
From about 8-am -11 ish I drink coffee and browse the web, journal, and do some organization and cooking for the week.
I find that I am just as productive, its just usually a more enjoyable/ leisurely form of productivity.