morning routine, take 2

March 21, 2011

getting started right
confession: i’ve been falling off of my own AM routine wagon.

this blueprint certainly isn’t bad, but things change. i still get up early, but my workouts typically aren’t as long as they used to be. yet instead of having MORE time to get ready, somehow i have found myself with less.

✔ sometimes it’s because i spend too long reading blogs.

✔ sometimes it’s because i spend too long writing a post.

✔ sometimes it’s because i get caught up in work stuff: checking labs even before i take over the pager to be on call.

one philosophy might be to say, “who cares?” and just head into work a little later. however, i have found that this often leads to a rushing mentality that bleeds into the rest of the workday. if i start with enough time to get organized and really plot out my attack on the workday, the entire day tends to go more smoothly. i am less likely to be derailed by a new diabetic in the ED [quite a common event in my line of work].

so beginning with today, i am going to bring a some structure back into my morning routine.

AM schedule
5:00 wake up + meditate [5 minutes or more]

5:15 make breakfast + pack lunch


  • Reply Sarah March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    wow, you spend a lot of time awake before you head to work! i guess i think that because i eat breakfast at my desk each morning. my routine is: 6am-7am wake up, 6-6:45
    (or adjusted back based on wake-up time) shower/get ready. 6:50 (or adjusted back based on wake-up time) out the door. then i eat breakfast, proofread my morning post (which i usually at least frame out the night before), and browse blogs for my first 30-45 minutes at my desk.

    it helps me a lot to pack lunches and breakfasts (or at least set out breakfast supplies) and pre-write my blog post a bit the night before.

    i always wish i had more time in the mornings and i REALLY want to get back into the morning workout schedule. i need a morning routine makeover!

  • Reply chandana March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    i too love reading blogs and having breakfast together it’s my me time.

    i think what susan said was very meaningful. thanks for sharing.

    i have been suffering with it for a long time and ultimately started physiotherpy after postponing it for over a year. hope your tendonitis gets better

  • Reply Linette March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I read this post on Ben Franklin’s day plan right after I read your blog entry, and I thought you might get a kick out of it. Thought it was funny that your schedules are pretty aligned! 😉

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      loved the ben franklin schedule! thank you for sending it !

  • Reply lac March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    My approach to DDx is what will kill you now. What will kill you in 5 minutes. Everything else. Virtually everything falls to everything else so I always have 5 minutes or more and hence no stress. When it does hit the fan its not hard to flame on and do the magic. Otherwise just have some medical fun.

    As far as getting up I wind up getting up half an hour early so I won’t feel pressed to face the day. Nothing is going to happen till I get there but I’m committed to the process and everyone involved so I make it my habit to get there. It also then requires a commitment to go to bed a little earlier. It turns out recovery from muscle insult seems related to the diurnal melatonin cycles so I just listen to my pineal and when it tells me to go to bed I generally do.

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