How much time do you need in the morning?

@dragon54u (31628)
United States
July 18, 2008 5:28am CST
I have to get up 2 hours before I have to leave the house if I'm working. I work temporary jobs right now, there aren't many permanent jobs in my area, and I find that if I don't have two hours to schlep around, check my mail, have breakfast and do everything to wake up in a relaxed manner that my whole day is upset. Rushing around in the morning is a sure way to ruin my day! I also have a curved spine so waking up early enough to work out the kinks is essential. So, are you someone who sleeps till the very last minute or do you enjoy a leisurely, relaxed approach to your workday? And what are the things you consider it essential to do before work? I like to catch up with myLot for at least twenty minutes in the morning!
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@palonghorn (5483)
• United States
18 Jul 08
fire on the mountain - wildland fire
When I'm working (I'm on medical leave, another story lol) I usually get up 2 hours before I leave for work. Like you, I hate having to rush around to get ready and out the door. I like to have time to have a couple of cups of coffee, check my email, check mylot, etc. before getting dressed and ready for work. I also take my lunch since there is no telling where I'll be working on any given day. I work for the forestry service. I also like having a leisurely morning because my days can turn hectic in a moments notice, particularly in the wildfire season.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
What an interesting job you have! I can see why you need the quiet time in the morning. When we think of forestry jobs, most of us think sitting up in a lookout tower surrounding by beauty and birdsong. I'll bet it's quite different from that!
• United States
18 Jul 08
There is an awesome view from the lookouts, however, I don't have the chance to get up there very often. I'm usually down on the front line. I also did wildland firefighting in Texas for over 9 years.
@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
18 Jul 08
It takes me about half an hour, 45 minutes if I'm going to wear formal clothes. Luckily, I don't do that very often as I am a writer and writers don't have to get dressed up we just need to go sit in front of the computer and wait for the muse. Although mine has been very absent lately. If I'm having writer's block, I will visit mylot or any of the other penny per post sites I belong to while I wait for something to kick in and allow me to do more serious work. In the morning, its essential for me to have a glass of orange juice, play with the cat, get dressed, and tame my wayward hair.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
What kind of writing do you do? I do a lot of articles. I always wanted to be a creative writer but I just don't have the talent for that. I'm writing, though, so I've achieved at least a big part of my dream. This site is very good to relax and unwind the mind.
@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I write lots of blogs, articles, and poetry. I should write more fiction and I'm trying to, but the muse has been absent of late. I really need to do some writing excercises or join a writing group (I applied to one, but was rejected!).
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@alori61 (344)
• United States
18 Jul 08
My alarm starts going off an hour before I'm supposed to be at work, the last alarm starts going off 40 minutes before I'm supposed to be there. If all goes well that one will finally annoy me out of the bed. This morning it didn't and I didn't wake up till 20 minutes till. On mornings like that it's make the bed, find the first outfit that looks decent, grab my dayrunner, laptop and stop at the fridge for my diet pepsi caffene fix on the way out the door. Thank God it's only 10 miles to work and at 4AM there's almost no traffic. The fact is the earlier I get up the more likely I am to be late for work, cause I get to doing other things and lose track of time.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Shame on you for not having a good breakfast! I'm glad you don't have much of a commute, I've always loved to be out just before dawn with almost no cars on the road. It's very peaceful. You bother to make your bed when you're nearly late?! Wow, that's real self-discipline!
@alori61 (344)
• United States
19 Jul 08
uh hug got breakfast covered keep kashi go lean pumpkin and spice nutricion bars and granola bars at work and eat while I'm brushing my hair and turning on all the transmitters and computers when I get to work. Making the bed is a matter of straightening out a sheet and comforter and arranging the pillows on one side of a queen size bed takes 30 seconds. lol don't care if you can't find the floor, my bed has to be made. OK I'm weird what can I say. I'm glad I don't have to worry about traffic on the way to work because I can star gaze and moon watch and not worry about hitting no one. This mornings full moon was phenominal.
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@nupats (3564)
• India
18 Jul 08
well i need two hours in the morning so that i can make the breakfast then wake my son and make him do his routine and breakfast this takes the longest then i dress him up in uniform and he is off to school..when i used to go for my job i would need one hour for getting ready and would just carry an apple and have it on way..have a nice day..
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
That's a good breakfast! I need to get some good apples... Isn't it great to spend morning with your child? Sending him off to a good day with a hug and a kiss is one of life's best extras!
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@nupats (3564)
• India
18 Jul 08
yes dear it is indeed the best thing and i love it..hope you get your apples..have a nice day..
@eveeee (659)
19 Jul 08
When I get up for work I tend to get up at about 6.30am and have plenty of time to do what I need to do before leaving at 7.15am. First I need to put the kettle on and I have this time to wake up a bit. While my coffee is cooling I often start up the pc and get washed/showered. I then have 10 minutes to sit down and check what is what like my mail, mylot, facebook etc and then get dressed. I rarely wear make up in job number 1 in a day nursery, but if I am assessing at the college I allow an extra 10 minutes to make sure I have time to do make up, straighten hair a bit and organise paperwork. If in the nursery for the day, I tend to be ready to go by about 7.05 and then spend another few minutes feeding the cats, popping some washing in or shouting at my son to get up. By 7.15 I leave and get to work by 7.30 to open up. Luckily I don't need time to have breakfast in the morning, as we are able to make our breakfast and eat it at work.
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Wow, you are a VERY busy person! I could never do with just 10 minutes to check my mail and all, I guess I'm a slow-poke!
@gothic03 (55)
• Philippines
19 Jul 08
hello dragon54u!c", It is very tough to wake early in the morning especially if you felt tired from work yesterday. What I usually do is to sleep early and set up my alarm clock. yep, it is hard to do that if you have a stressful job but we have to do that for our life not be ruin in the morning.
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Mornings are important. We have to approach them in the right way to make ourselves feel good because our mornings are what shapes our day. I wish we could all work on our own schedules!
@ESKARENA1 (18296)
19 Jul 08
Because I so love my bed and because I get so little of it, I have got the time it takes me to get ready for work down to a fine art. I wake at 6 A.M and get in the shower. The night before i prepare breakfast and within 10 minits of waking, im eating. After this at 6.20 I put on my uniform and leave the house at 6.30. I have been doing this now for 5 years and have it timed like a military operation. blessed be
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
You are certainly efficient! I couldn't do with that little time before work, but you'll probably be healthier than I since you get as much sleep as possible!
@walkthetalk (1307)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I get up 1 and 1/2 hours before I have to be at work. No coffee. No caffeine at all. I spend an hour and 15 min. in the bathroom getting ready. Hair, makeup, all that stuff. I pick my cloths out the night before. I think I a woman looks nice, dresses nice, carries herself the correct way she will get respect. Therefore, I my time for myself is in the mornings.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
It's nice to look our best but I can't imagine spending all that time on myself! You are right, though, when people see a woman that takes care with her appearance, they think she has a lot of self respect and is successful. I'm glad you have a morning routine that is apparently relaxing and enjoyable.
@Yazo0_0 (74)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I need 45 minutes in the morning to get ready because I get enough sleep to get ready for school . I usually wake up at around 7:30am and and I usually take a 10 minute shower and take a few minutes to put my clothes on and get my books and school supplies in order. Then I eat my breakfast while I do my hair and that takes around 15 minutes to do. With whatever time that I have left I watch whatever sports highlights that are on the television. and then I leave home at around 8:15 and head off to school
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Wow, that's a short morning! Good, though, for a student. The closer to waking up that you start to learn, the better. The brain has been shown to retain more material when it first wakes up.
@Kemboi (341)
• Eldoret, Kenya
19 Jul 08
I like that, I also work up earlier and goes out a pit late. I don't check mails but go dig a shamaba and weed the vegetable, take goats to a grazing field later come play with my little boy, as our house girl do washing since my wife goes to job earlier and mine I go late I have enjoyed working up and doing small duties at home before I live. It has been my joy to do that.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Taking joy in everyday chores is a real blessing, as is the time with your child. You seem to have an attitude that lets you enjoy life!
@cutepenguin (6447)
• Canada
19 Jul 08
I can get up and be out the door in about 30 minutes some days. Other days I need an hour to get ready - usually because I haven't completely prepared a lesson the night before.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Are you a teacher? I don't envy you. People think teachers have it easy but it seems to take a lot of planning and extra time outside the classroom to do the job.
@inia_54 (176)
• Malaysia
19 Jul 08
Sleep early if you want to have a relax morning to start your day. When you get up early, you will have enough time to to get ready, and you are more relax to start you day. If you are working, just take minimum time to get ready, so that you can leave early and beat the traffic jam.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
One thing I like about my small city is no traffic jams! When I lived in Arizona, it would take at least an hour to travel twenty miles to work but here I've not seen anything resembling a traffic jam.
@SHUGA81 (220)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I work Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. I take the train to work because it saves time and gas. But for work days, I wake up at exactly 5:30am, take 15 minutes to shower, takes me about 20 minutes to get ready while watching the early morning news and weather for the day. I have to watch it or else, I will feel like something is wrong. Once Im done dressing and still have sometime to kill, I just sit on the couch and wait until 6:27am and I am out of the door and on the train by 6:51 am and at work by 7:30 am.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
You must have an efficient train system. I've never lived anywhere here where I could take public transportation and get somewhere within thirty minutes, more like an hour at the least. It's nice to watch the news in the morning! Connecting with the world before venturing out is a good start.
• United States
19 Jul 08
I need about a solid hour in the morning to get ready and get to work (work is a ten minute drive away, if I time it right). Sometimes I will snooze for up to 15 minutes and I can make that work, but I have to rush my breakfast/computer time. My only absolute essential is breakfast and cleaning my teeth and face before I got to work. I can skip just about everything else if I'm really late (except getting dressed, of course, PJ's won't fly most days at work). I actually feel a bit more alert and ready to jump into things at work if I have to rush a little bit in the morning; gets the adrenline flowing, I suppose.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
I usually wake up about 45 minutes before i have to go to school or work. Usually in the morning i just get myself cleaned up and eat breakfast
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I could do that 30 yrs ago, and even 20 years ago. Not anymore, I need time to wake up and adjust to the day!
@gemini_rose (16268)
18 Jul 08
Well I do not go to work but I have to be up early to take my children to school, I have four in total but one is nearly 17 so I do not have to worry about him so much. The others however are 7,6 and 2 so time in a morning is very limited. I could do with about 2 hours to get ready but that would mean getting up about 6am! I just get up at 7am and then I get the kids up about 7.45am which allows 45 mins for me to get up, wake up and get myself looking decent for the day! If I came on here before school then the kids would probably not end up in school!
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Ha! It does pull you in here, doesn't it? I loved getting my kids ready for school, it was so nice to see them off with a good lunch and a kiss then settle down and do my housework and cooking. What a wonderful life that was...I'm so glad you're able to spend mornings with your children and stay home for them, it means so much to them later in life.
@MizukiZHR (611)
• China
18 Jul 08
Mmm,in fact I usually need one hour to finish everyting include washing and having breakfast.I don't like to get up early in the morning,espeially in winter.But because I am a student,I usually need to get up at 6 o'clock.Now is holiday,so I can get up very late and needn't to worry about the time I need in the morning.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Isn't that a real luxury? It's so nice to have a vacation and not have to do anything you don't wish to do! You work hard the rest of the year, you deserve it!
@wildplace (154)
• Germany
18 Jul 08
I need and hour for my self in the morning and of course 30 minutes too for the walk with the dog. So that is enough time for me to start the day. I hate having breakfast in a hurry-so the hour for me is a must have for me.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Me, too. I don't walk my dogs as they have the run of the place with their doggie door but I like to play with them a little and have a leisurely breakfast and read the paper.
• United States
18 Jul 08
Technically i can prob get away with 30 mins, to shower dress and get out the door. However, i like to come on here and check emails and visit mylot and a load of other stuff on the internet, so i make sure im up at least an hour before i have to be out the door, but most mornings i wake up without an alarm, far earlier than i need to.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
You're lucky! I need an alarm clock most times, I rarely wake up on time without it!
• United States
18 Jul 08
i need about an hour and a half to have coffee,wake up and get ready. otherwise i'll be irritable most of the day.my brother can leap out of bed 5 minutes before work,and off he goes.i don't know how he does it.
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I have no idea how people do that, either. I'm a real witch if I don't get my quiet time before starting my day! My kids are the same way, too, I guess they get it from me. One of them at least would wake up early at least once a week and would sit with me as I drank coffee and watched the news or sat outside. I'd make them hot chocolate and we'd enjoy quiet time together. I guess that's why they're like that. And they have good memories of it.
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