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Poll: What do you do first thing in the morning?
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Peter Newton-Evans  Identity Verified
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Pray and exercise Jan 4, 2007

Congratulations on this poll, Pirily. I replied "other", because the first thing I do in the morning is to pray and read the Holy Writings of the Baha'i Faith, sometimes with family and sometimes alone. Then I usually go out running for a half hour daily exercise before breakfast and a shower. In this way, each day starts with "sharpening the saw", both spiritually and bodily.

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xxxIreneN
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4 things at once Jan 5, 2007

I often have to leave home very early for morning teleconference interpretation. I stuff my espresso machine in the evening. The routine goes like this:

Still 3/4 asleep and mad at life in general, in the first 5 minutes I feed my cats, hit the button on the coffee machine, turn on the computer and jump in a shower. Out of the shower, coffee is ready, mail is in the box for the first glance only. Then a bit of a makeup and in no more than 30 minutes total off I go, second cup of coffee and a cigarette in the car. Favorite CD, Texas sunshine and incredibly high and bright blue sky, and life is beautiful all over again.


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Wow, I'm not an exception! Jan 5, 2007

Every morning I literally hate myself for switching the computer on before my eyes are fully open, and checking my email before drinking my coffee. I didn't imagine that the majority of colleagues (46% so far) would reply that they do the same!

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Hipyan Nopri  Identity Verified
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Checking My Email Jan 5, 2007

I set my alarm clock at 4:30 am in order that I will not miss my morning prayer when the muazin is summoning his call for morning prayer (azan). This is always the first thing I do every morning - turn on my computer and check my email. Then, I take a bath, have a morning prayer, have a breakfast, and work as usual until 9:00 pm, but I often have to spend my time until midnight.

These daily activities may seem to be quite routine and may lead to boredom to some people, but I do love and enjoy them. Of course, occasional breaks are necessary to relax my mind and body such as playing classical, reggae, and slow rock music, playing my favourite action and comedy VCDs/DVDs, and going to the bookstore for new specific field dictionaries/encyclopaedias.

[Edited at 2007-01-05 00:56]


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Silvina Matheu  Identity Verified
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Check email and have breakfast at a time Jan 5, 2007

Well, I can see now that my routine is not unusual at all!
Even though I have promised myself to stop doing this, every morning, with eyes still half-closed, I turn on my computer and go to the kitchen to prepare my breakfast while mail is getting into the box. Then I have breakfast at my desk, reading the mail and the news on the web.


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Clara Duarte  Identity Verified
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I'm a mess! Jan 5, 2007

Sometimes I check my e-mail and then rush downstairs to have lunch after having worked late in the night. I guess it's not a routine because my schedule is all messed up!

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Galina F
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Reading and praying Jan 5, 2007

Early in the morning I open one of my eyes:-P to get the Bible and, sitting in the bed, I read, write in my journal and pray. Then coffee, shower and so on.
As Peter said: In this way, each day starts with "sharpening the saw", both spiritually and bodily.

Without reading and praying the day doesn't go smoothly and I don't feel a solid background under my feet, though it happens that I miss doing it (but not often).

As for "sharpening the saw bodily" I hope to start practicing the bellydance every morning (kind of a New Year resolution:) (I do it now twice per week in the evening).

Best wishes,
Galina


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Virgile
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Just wondering.... Jan 5, 2007

Just wondering if the people who answered "other" were going to the toilet first thing in the morning, or if, like (I hope) everybody else, including me, neglected to mention it and indicated the thing they were doing second thing in the morning...
I know it is not as spiritual as praying or the like of it, but it is life too!
Just wondering...


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Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
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Well... Jan 5, 2007

It's quite different for me. "First" thing in the morning I do several things, some of them more or less at the same time like Irene, but not related to work, mail or computers (no time):

1.Try to wake up... Hop in some kind of clothing :l
2.Try to wake up the children (4 of them, all in elementary school)...
3.Help some of them get dressed
4.Prepare breakfast (though they are becoming more and more able to help themselves, yay!)
5.Prepare lunchboxes
6.Try to grab something to eat myself
7.Don't forget to make them hurry
8.Check teeth washing
9.Check that everybody has everything (backpack, lunch, jacket, shoes -yes, with a five years-old it still is necessary)
10.And off, walk to school!
11.Walk back from school (the first real deep breath of the day)
12.Put the kitchen in order
13.Shower (at last!)(second breath of the day)

At the end of this, I always feel like I have a full day behind me already, don't ask me why...

Then, at nine AM, my other day can finally begin: I sit down at the computer and don't think about the house anymore. Untill I have to think about what I am going to feed the crowd


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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A soul mate! Jan 5, 2007

Clara Figueiredo wrote:

Sometimes I check my e-mail and then rush downstairs to have lunch after having worked late in the night. I guess it's not a routine because my schedule is all messed up!


Hi Clara!

So it's time for true confessions! I can totally relate to what you say, except that I've suddenly come to the realization that I'm not a mess -- it's just who I am!


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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First things first... Jan 5, 2007

Virgile wrote:
Just wondering if the people who answered "other" were going to the toilet first thing in the morning, or if, like (I hope) everybody else, including me, neglected to mention it and indicated the thing they were doing second thing in the morning...


Come to think of it, checking e-mail is the second thing, not the first.

The first thing is trying to figure out where my eyeglasses ended up when I went to bed. (Apparently, they enjoy wandering around the apartment, exploring.) If they don't materialize after four or five minutes of hunting, I break out the emergency glasses so I can see well enough to find the first pair. Then put the emergency pair away.

Then I check e-mail.

[Edited at 2007-01-05 06:33]


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xxxIreneN
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I say:-) Jan 5, 2007

Virgile,

People have different metabolism but I admire your answer:-)

Happy New Year!

Irene


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Breakfast and a whole pot of tea! Jan 5, 2007

I have breakfast with my husband and read the newspaper while he is in the bathroom. I start the ADSL, find some clothes, start the router, clean teeth, start the computer.... shower, update virus protection, drink more tea and check mail in variable order...

When my better half has left the house I settle down with my Bible in peace. After all these years, I still read it in English. Then it's down to work and anything can happen!

I've been through all the phases of rushing out, getting my son off to school, even sleeping off night work occasionally...

Now I really enjoy not having to rush out in the mornings, as my perfume intolerance is getting worse - so the last year of sharing a bus to town with other people's after-shave and deodorant sometimes meant I was only working at half speed with a migraine attack on the way...

But I know I'm very privileged!

Keep up the good work!



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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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A shower first... only in school days Jan 5, 2007

I answered "Check email", but this is only really so in non-school days. In school days, I wake up about an hour earlier than the kids, and need to be ready by the time they wake up. I only check my email as soon as everything is set for the battle.

In non-school days, and specially if my wife does not have to work and can take care of the kids early in the morning, I must confess that I end up doing actual work in the pre-civilised state for a while!


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