Several times in the past, say, 18 hours (7 of which were spent asleep, mind you) people have spoken to me about their morning rituals and those other freakish beings who float into work looking fabulously well-rested and groomed. How does this happen, we wonder? I tend to set my alarm early so as to give myself time to plan an appropriately exciting outfit, solve any hair issues that have developed through the night, and, if all goes according to plan, eat a little breakfast, drink an little coffee and listen to Morning Edition. This scenario has probably only happened once and it was not nearly as cheerful as I had hoped.
Here’s what really happens:
• At 6:45a, my alarm goes off and at 6:45:30 I am usually back asleep.
• At 7:15a, I wake up in a cold sweat and a panic. I jump out of bed, get a cup of coffee and then get back into bed. I rationalize that I really only need about 20 minutes to get dressed and wash up. (Deparure time is 8:00-8:15a.)
• 7:45a: Get out of bed (the sequel). Stretch and sit back down. Lie down and exhale. Obligatory feelings of hatred towards the morning. Consider giving in to hypochondriac instincts and staying in bed.
• 7:55a: Wash up. Dress really fast. Pack lunch.
• 8:10a: Leave.
• 8:30a: Arrive at work. Notice cute, pulled-together co-workers. Plan to get up earlier tomorrow.
So, my dear readers, what do you do? Do like to put in the extra effort in the morning or to get 20 more minutes of rest? What dictates the choices you make? For me, I often end up putting something on that seems not as great after the second cup of coffee! Please show me the way because there is only so much Marcus Aurelius one can beat into oneself…