Tuesday, September 01, 2015

AM routine these days & other news

Lately I have been getting up at the (slightly obscene) hour of 4:45 am.  My current morning ritual looks something like this:

4:45 alarm
4:50 out of bed
4:55 coffee, check email
5:00 look at planner and plan out the day
5:10 read something with a meditative bent (previously Kabat-Zinn's Wherever You Go, There You Are and now Waking Up by Sam Harris)
5:25 journal/write out any thoughts on what I read and intentions for the day
5:35 change and go for a run (usually outside, treadmill if Josh is away) or workout (barre3)

On some days (like today) I might write a blog post in lieu of reading.

I am in the shower by 6:30 and the kids have been sleeping until closer to 7 lately*.  Although as soon as I write this I'm sure they will decide to stop :)

This routine looks slightly insane but it is working for me.  The tradeoff is that I go to sleep most nights around 9:30.  Annabel goes to bed around 8:30 these days, so my evenings are short.  But this is actually a pretty nice balance for me.

Once a week or so, I sleep in and skip everything.  And on weekends, I do not typically get up early because I am usually up later.  I have to admit I do sort of miss my ritual on those mornings.

Other notes:

1) 2016 HOBONICHI PLANNERS ARE UP -- as of today!  I've already ordered mine.

2) Annabel started her 2nd year of preschool (the "3s" class) and it was a roaring success.  She informed me that the two "words of the day" were focus and enthusiastic.  And when it was time for bed and I reminded her she had school the next day, she said dreamily: "I'm going to listen exactly to the teacher!".  She is NOT always easy at her current age, but when she is being good she is just so much fun.

apparently this is her signature pose now

3) September is going to be a month of NO lifesucking web surfing.  I have somehow managed to stay off of Facebook almost entirely, but other bad habits have crept back in.  A pact with Ana is in progress :)

* of course, this will end with the time change on November 1!  But there are 2 months to enjoy between then and now, so I won't think about it too much.