Do you take your time in the mornings?

United States
July 25, 2009 11:01pm CST
Are you a person who gets up in the morning, leaving yourself plenty of time to shower, get dressed, primp yourself, and have breakfast before you head out the door to work? Or are you like me, prepping as much as you can the night before so you can hit that snooze one last time, get up throw on cloths, quickly wash face, brush hair and teeth and run out the door hoping not to be late? I just cannot drag myself out of bed in the morning, particularly if i have to head to work.. I have better luck if it is an activity or something i am off to that i am going to enjoy, but still, it is hard. I go so far as to shower the night before, set out my entire outfit for the next day so that when i get up i can just thrown on my clothes and not have to rummage around, wondering what i am going to wear. I often wish i could change this, as i think my day would get off to a much better start if i had some time to actually wake up and get ready for the day, instead of rushing out the door within 20 minutes of crawling out of bed. How about you?
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• Malaysia
27 Jul 09
I am not the kind who could put off waking up to a few minutes later. If I try to do that, I know I'd be late. So, I had already made the resolution to wake up as soon as the alarm clock rings. No delay. I am quite proud of my determination. Most of the time I succeeded. What I need to improve on as well is to wake up with a smile. :D
• United States
27 Jul 09
Oh yes, waking up with a smile..another thing i don't do well, like getting up early. I can tend to be a tad on the grumpy side when i wake up....takes me a little while before i can do anything besides grumble and groan.
@rberon1985 (5394)
• Philippines
26 Jul 09
Waking up in the morning is the hardest thing that I can do everyday especially if I am tired the last night. Sometimes I alarmed my phone at 05:30 in the morning, but that alarm time will not be allowed because I will still sleep up to 6:00 in the morning.that will lead me to rush out since I need to be in the office before 8 in the morning. I tried to divide my time in every activity that I do, just like 20 minutes for taking a bath and brushing a teeth and 20 minutes for dressing up. Sometimes I can't take up my breakfast because I am already late. I just do it in the office.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
I couldnt even begin to tell you how many times my alarm has gone of, and i have mistkenly turned it off as opossed to hitting the snooze feature, and thus winding up getting out of bed even later than plnned, sometimes resulting in my being late for work. Luckily i have my routine down pretty well and can be up and out the door in under 20 minutes. Good for you that even if you miss your breakfast at home, you have the ability to eat it at the office when you get there, even if i were a breakfast eater, i would not have the ability to do that at my job.
• Philippines
26 Jul 09
Honestly, it is really hard to manage waking up in the morning. I have a goal that I have to meet this year that is why I cannot be late. There will be a big lost in my part if I will be late or absent either. I work as a customer service representative here in our area. And I am running as the Top Customer Service Representative of the year, I have to maintain my good record for one year and attendance is a very big factor for me to qualify.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
Then i can certainly see why it would be important! I try not to be late as well, though it is usually not noticed or commented on if i am only a few minutes late, and i generally wind up making up the time i miss in the morning PLUS some by the end of the day! good luck on your goal to acheive that status!
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Thankfully, I work 2nd shift as I am not a morning person at all. I do get up in the morning but I move slow until I've had a couple of cups of coffee and a shower. When I did work 1st shift, I showered before going to bed and set my coffee up with a timer. I laid out the clothes I was going to wear the next day....pretty much what you do. I also went to bed earlier and got up extra early just so I could have a little time in the morning to come to life. Getting up and running out the door just made for a bad start to the day for me.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
I think my favorite work shift was working 10 am to 6:30 pm for precisley this reason. I could still "sleep in" until 8 am or so, and have two hours to get myself ready and to work. And geting out at 6:30 didn't make it seem like the entire day had just passed me by, as i could still go out and have dinner, or do some shopping or visit some friends. I miss those shifts.
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
27 Jul 09
that's a great shift. I would like that a whole lot better than what I have now, i think. Oh well, i'm lucky to have a job at all the way things are.
• United States
27 Jul 09
OMG I'm pretty much the same way. I'm really not a morning person. Which is weird since right now I work at like 7 in the morning and when school starts will need to be there by 8. But since I live 3 mins away from my job I just get ready the night before. LOL I take a shower and lay out my uniform so I can just be ready within 7 minutes and be at work on time. I really just want to sleep the most I can before I have to get up and deal with the day.
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• United States
27 Jul 09
If i didn't have to factor in a 15 minute walk to work, and drove instead..i could probably keep up with ya on your morning time schedule *lol*
@machizmo (279)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I usually get up then have problems waking up till I get a nice cup of coffee. I think finally am up so then I can go out an do what I need to do. I then after eating breakfast can then focus on what I am going to wear.
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• United States
27 Jul 09
I am not a big breakfast person, but i am a big caffine person. Would love to start getting up early enough to enjoy a cupo of coffee (or two!) before i head to work.
• United States
27 Jul 09
I always take my time in the mornings, unless I'm really going to miss something important. Which is bad, really because I stay up late, and then I end up sleeping for a bit longer than I want to cause I get up a bit later than I plan to. :( So bad, haha! I always try to wake up early, but I end up thinking, Oh, that's early! And I go back to sleep. :X Then when I finally wake up I HAVE to shower, do my hair, makeup, and then I throw on clothes and leave. Definitely bad, I always end up being like ten minutes or more late to class. =___= I'm working on changing that this summer!
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• United States
27 Jul 09
Good luck on re-vamping your schedule! i have been trying to make an effort to get up a little earlier so i can stop being late as well!
@wanyu311 (22)
• Taiwan
27 Jul 09
I used to stay up late until three or four in the morning. I chatted with my friends online, studying, reading or watching TV until really late. But I try to make a change recently. So I get up at four and take a morning shower, having breakfast, watching the news and I go play tennis in a school nearby from five to seven thirty. Honestly, I never thought I could live a life like that but I did. It's way better than I'd expected. The sound, people, and even the air in the morning all amaze me. I feel healthier to exercize in the morning and doing so brings me more energy during the day.
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• United States
27 Jul 09
What a switch...going from heading to bed at four in the morning, to getting up at four in the morning. I can imagine those forst few days were pretty tough. Or did you ease yourself into it?
@trisha27 (3495)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I am the type of person that likes to prepare the night before. I too am not a morning person. Now that I am out of work though I really do take my time in the mornings now. But I don't like to sleep the day away so I would like to still wake up early. When I was working though, I did gather all my things that I needed for work the night before and just basically shower in the morning and brush my teeth. Showering in the morning actually wakes me up. I rarely ate breakfast though, and if I decided to eat breakfast I would just bring it on the go and leave out the house. I too though hate waking in the mornings.
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• United States
27 Jul 09
to both of you, thanks for sharing your morning routines. It is always interesting to see how varied each person can be in how they prefer to start their day.
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
26 Jul 09
I have plenty of time, but that's mostly because I don't have to start work until later. I still end up rushing around because I surf on the internet, tidy things, and generally putter around until I realize that I need to leave son, and then I have to rush to get ready.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
Maybe you should try doing it the other way around then, and getting ready first, then take the time to get online, strighten up and putter around until it is time to leave. That is how i do it when i don't have to go into work until late. Get ready first, than putter, so i don't feel so rushed to get ready.
• Indonesia
26 Jul 09
I get up in the morning, think about all hope for today and giving myself plenty time to shower, get dressed and primp myself. I also always have breakfast everyday. I enjoy see the sunrise. It's so beautiful! It's what makes me wake up easily in the morning. If I still have a time I usually do little sport like sit up or jogging^^,, Hey, it's nice to have lot of time to prepare in the morning before og out from home.. I will feel stress if I wake up late and must rushing out the door as soon as possible. I need my time in the morning.. Maybe you can try it? ^^,,
• United States
26 Jul 09
I would so love to get into the habit of givig myself extra time in the morning,i have just been doing the rushing thing for so long i am used to it! If i made myself go to ed earlier, i might be more successful though!
@debbie47 (13)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I get up two hours before work - have my coffee & having time to myself until kid gets up or time to leave for work..Don't like waking up late. Like today I am off & already up at normal time..something is wrong with that I should be sleeping..
• United States
26 Jul 09
Yes, i do dislike it very much when even on my days off from work i find myself waking up so early, just becaue my body i accostomed to getting up at the time. Most times i can just roll over and go back to sleep for a little longer, but somedays i can't, and just get up and start my day.
• Japan
26 Jul 09
Good morning, i dont know when you go to the office, however,i knew office lady dress up herself is very important, so she must prepare scheme time not to be too late and in haste, it is not good for office lady.(laugh) when i wake up every two day, i go out to climb nearby my house, i climb for 1 hour, i sweat very much, i am so fat, i go back home, i have a bath and eat,i begin to go to factory at last.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
Yes, it does depend on what i am doing that day. I work in a supermarket, and some days i am just going in to stock shelves and straighten things all day, other days i am there in "manager" mode and am required to dress up more and feel the need to look my best so people take me seriously. Those days i do get myself up earlier, but that doesn't mean i like it!
@jeg2315 (197)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I set my alarm for 15 minutes before I actually have to get out of bed. It just feels so good laying in bed awake in the mornings. I give myself about 45 minutes to get ready in the mornings - breakfast, getting dressed and freshened up (hygiene) and getting my stuff ready for class. I actually take showers at night - I find I sleep much better as a result. Whenever I take showers in the morning, I feel terrible throughout the day. But yeah, I don't rush myself in the mornings unless I oversleep on my alarm. I even leave myself time to catch some sports on TV in the mornings before I head out the door.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
see, i have tried doing this in the past. Setting my alarm a little earlier, or even having my alarm clock set fast, to fool myself into thinking that it is later than it actual is until i get out of bed and tart getting ready then see the real time. Unfortunately, i am not able to fool myself so easly, as in the morning, i just remember that it really isn't that late and i still have time to stay in bed *lol*
• China
26 Jul 09
Although i always make my mind to be a person like that,actually i am not.I am a late night person,so it's the terrible thing to get up early especially during the summer vacation.I kown it's unhealthy lifestyle,then every night i'll tell myself to go to bed early.Sometimes it really worked.In a sense,I prefer for the days at school,go to bed early and get up early (compared with the vacation).
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• United States
26 Jul 09
The day does seem to get strated off on a better foot when you have some sort of routine to stick to, doesn't it? But then again, if you can 't spoil yourself during the summer or on the one or two days a week you can...then life's no fun *lol*
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
26 Jul 09
No, I'd wake up BEFORE the alarm rings, then wait for it to ring before I get up on my feet, stretch a bit, head to the bathroom, change, and go to work. I wouldn't even wake my wife up - I don't wish to disturb her sleep. It's been like this since I was in school!! I need to be early to beat the heavy traffic, and get a good parking spot. I'd rather wake up and leave early than being stressed due to traffic. I don't rush or make a dash, though...like Dagwood Bumstead (from the cartoon strip "Blondie"), I just do things quickly.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
It is so kind of you to be considerate and not wake your wife up, if she doesn't need to be up that early. I sometimes find it hard not to wake up my boyfriend if he is over, that is part of why i set my clothes out the night before, and leave them in a pile on the bathroom counter or something, so that i don't have to turn on the light in the bedroom and risk awakening him. I hadn't thought abuot that cartoon strip in a while, yes, i do suppose that is more what i look like in the morning, racing around and ushing out the door.
• United States
26 Jul 09
i usually try to wake up with plenty enough time to do everything and usually have plenty of time....sometimes im so slow in the mourning tho that no matter how much time i give myself i dont get everything done....a hour half asleep seems to go by in no time...even tho i dont spend a whole lot of time in the shower so i wake up about an hour and half before i have to leave...this give me a half an hour in the shower, and half an hour to brush my teeth, get dressed, clean ears, clip fingernails if need it and comb my hair.... then i have about a half an hour to grab some breakfest before i leave....usually my shower goes about 45 mins because im still half asleep....then getting ready takes longer because im still waking up, and nothing seems to be going like it should....then i got about 5 to 10 mins to grabs some food quickly before my ride for work get here.... i give myself plenty of time im just a slow person in the mourning....and a deep sleeper so its takes me alot longer to fully wake up....
• United States
26 Jul 09
Well, at least you give yourself that time in the morning so you are not still half asleep on your trip to work and for the first little while you are at work. I am sure your boss appreciates it!
• United States
26 Jul 09
I don't even want to get up in the mornings! However, I think it's because I work night shift. I live like a bat! When I do wake up, it takes me forever to get out from underneath the covers. It's like an abyss of comfort.
• United States
26 Jul 09
I can only imagine what kind of sleep issues working the night shift can cause. Have you been doing it for long? As i know eventually people get into a routine and can handle it, but often when people switch to a third shift position, they have a really hard time adjusting. mmm abyss of comfort, what a nice way od describing it..i love it. It is even harder to pull yourself out of that cocoon of blankets in the winter time when you are so cozy warm inside, and know it is chilly out of bed, isn't it?
• United States
26 Jul 09
Hi again Liz! When I do work outside of the house, I do everything I can the night before. It takes me twenty minutes to get to my seasonal job, and I wake up about a half hour before I have to be working. I literally get up, brush my teeth and hair, get dressed, and leave. I like it better this way. I've found that if I wake up too early beforehand, I'll start thinking about how much I could get done around the house and I'll start not wanting to go to work. If I can just get up and go, I don't think about it and work isn't as big of an "inconvenience."
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• United States
26 Jul 09
That is similar to how i feel on the days that i don't have to go in to work until later in the afternoon. I get up and get ready, then have this extra time before i have to leave, but even if i have things to do around the house, i can't get myself motivated to do them, as i know i have to go to work too. Yet at the same time, i feel as though it is wasting an entire day, as then i won't get home until too late to do anything! So i guess, like you, i'd rather get up and out the door as quickly as possible, then use my time after work (if i am not too tired) to get other activities done.
@smileonstar (4012)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Hello, Same thing with me, I always set everything done before my bed time. every morning, I still have a hard time to get up and have a hard time to take my time to do thing... I just limit my time and rush ...
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• United States
26 Jul 09
well, at least if we start our days at such a hectic pace, work can almost seem like taking a breather when we get there!
• United States
26 Jul 09
Yeap that's me! I am the person who gets up at the same time every morning have a couple cups of coffee while watching the news, play with the cats the go take my shower, primp and even have time to change my clothes twice if I need to. I don't particularly have breakfast in the morning as I am more of a mid-day eater. I must have my lunch. I also give myself plenty of travel time for work just in case something unforeseen happens. If I get to work early I will listen to the radio for awhile and have another cup of coffee. I drink specialty coffee so I take my own carafe of coffee. SMILES
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• United States
26 Jul 09
I wish i were that ambitious! Morning just come so darned early! Once a week i work the later shift, and don't have to be to work until 2 in the afternoon. I like those days because i can sleep in a little later (no getting up at 6 a.m. yay!) and still have plenty of time to shower, do something a little more special with my hair and makeup...have lunch and check emails and relax a bit before heading out. But i don't like the fact that i don't get out of work until 10:30 those days, as then the day is over, yet i am wide awake from work, but there is nothing really to go out and do that late.