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Morning Routines for Dummies

I have an issue with creating a morning routine that meets all of the criteria I have for starting the day off right; there are too many things to do and too little time. Given my particular leanings, morning is the best time for me to accomplish several tasks, most of which are too time consuming to do all of them in the morning. This doesn’t even take into account a morning hygiene routine, which we’ll come back to later. These are the things I would like to do in the morning:

  • Bible study/prayer/worship
  • write
  • edits/revisions
  • critique chapters for my critique partners
  • finish reading books to review
  • write reviews
  • Wrangle with writing synopses and query letters.
  • do laundry
  • exercise
  • use my crockpot to start dinner.
  • shower, brush my teeth, wash my face, fix my hair
  • fix or go get breakfast.
  • catch up on social media.
  • post to social media.
  • write blog posts.
  • work on improvements to my websites.
  • Look for cool things to bring to my blogs and sites.
  • Try to figure out how the heck to build my brand.
  • catch up on Netflix
  • light scented candle, put on classical music, and just exist for a few minutes
  • specialty beauty things–eyebrows, home mani/pedis, shaving my legs, facial masks, washing drying and styling my hair, any beauty treatment that is less frequent than daily.
  • Wake up my brain with word scramble.

I have two hours in the morning to get everything done except getting showered and dressed, which I leave about half an hour to forty-five minutes for (I’m not a fussy girl, apparently). I’m sure you can imagine how getting into any of the above tasks can bleed over into my getting dressed time, especially if I’m in a groove. There’s just not enough morning in my days.

I know you’re probably thinking I could shove some of these things into the evening, and I always have plans to accomplish so much when I get home. But when I get home, I am exhausted both from the early start and the hard day at work. Depending on the time of the month, I am drowning in invoices and reports. The last thing I want to do is come home and take laundry to the laundry center (it might be different if there was a washer and dryer in the apartment) or wash a sink full of dishes. I have much more energy in the morning.

So how does one solve this dilemma? If I could spend a few days just cleaning everything in sight and catching up on all of the things I need to do, I could do one or two things each morning going forward. At the moment, however, there’s just an overwhelming amount of things to do. I tried doing one cleaning thing, one writing thing, and bible study each day, but the area would be during again before I had another area finished, and the critiques would be due and it’d be time to swap more chapters, so I had to drop everything and do that, then I needed to… I can’t seem to get any traction.

The short version of this post: I am incapable of doing all the things I am better at tackling in the morning in the two and a half hours I have before work and I need suggestions on how to start making inroads into it. Seriously. I really want to get serious about this morning routine, but right now I am all over the place. Help!!



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Stress is Good!

Time clock in the Museum at Wookey Hole Caves
I (metaphorically) punch one of these each day...Image via Wikipedia

When I get worried, nervous, or stressed, I do three things: I run (or used to–apparently now I am jog/walking and working up to running), I clean (and organize), and I write. I also pray, try to meditate, try not to eat any carb, cinnamon, carmel, or butter laden treat or ice cream…oh, and I take long hot baths, self-pedicure, put on a masque and/or do my hair. So yes, in the world of 2blu, it pays to be stressed sometimes (a little bit).

I found out from my boss yesterday (before my three mile jog/walk, in which I went a mile further than the last time and jogged for longer distances with greater ease) that I would have a new boss starting Monday–in the human resource department. What this means in the short term is that I now tell someone else (who I’d have to tell anyway) when I want to use PTO or need to call in sick. In the long run, it means I could possibly end up doing HR work, or being an admin, either of which are more in line with what I want to do, make more money than I currently do, and offer better opportunities for advancement (namely because their is more of a career path). The stress of this resulted in a three mile jog, a couple slices of pizza for dinner, and a wash, deep condition, blow dry and flat ironing of my now long silky hair. Thinking of the HR ladies watching my time clock, managing my workflow, and evaluating my performance, and I’m itching to go for a good jog (even though Aunt Flo is visiting) clean my kitchen, catch up on blogging and paperwork. By the time Monday arrives, I just may have a clean apartment, done over $400 worth of editing and paperwork, filed my taxes, and be a size four–and most of that is not an exaggeration.

I can’t say that all of my stressing is work related (although much of it is, between the regular 8-5 and the side gigs); much of it is the pressure to put on this education workshop, which is fast approaching, as well as stay financially on track and maintain and grow a relationship.