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January 27, 2009

Early Worm Gets The Worm

I’m trying to become an early riser, a goal I’ve had ever since I chanced upon this Zen Habits article. Have I mentioned my deep love for Zen Habits? It’s an excellent place to find smart, simple advice about 99% of life’s problems. I have turned to many articles during a time of great personal need. They are great for snapping oneself out of a mini-breakdown/existential funk.

Anyway, for me, getting up earlier has been hit or miss. It doesn’t help that I have about 7 different kind of mornings each week – Monday and Wednesday mornings are a lot different than Thursday and Friday, and none of those can compare to the all-day-sleep-fests that occur Saturday and Sunday morning…

From the Zen Habits article, this piece of advice stuck to me:

Have a good reason. Set something to do early in the morning that’s important. This reason will motivate you to get up. I like to write in the morning, so that’s my reason. Also, when I’m done with that, I like to read all of your comments!

So what are my good reasons for getting up early, at least on Tuesdays?

  • My delicious, sepia toned ritual

Tall glass of ice water

Big bowl of Kashi Go-Lean Crunch w/ soy milk

8 oz. of Bolthouse Farms green juice (yes, obsessed)

The Indulgent Thing I Don’t Otherwise Have Time For In My Day – The Sims 2

And The Writing Activity That Helps Empty My Head and Get Me In A More Thoughtful Mood For the Day – My Morning Pages


  • I like how an early morning seems to bring me more adventure. Waking up early is SO outside my daily routine. Everything I do before 9 a.m. is quite novel.

I’ve found myself reaching for my camera in these early hours. Especially when I wake up and see this:

Or, fighting off that early morning body fatigue, I take Adventures in Latte Making.

  • When I have enough time to do ALL THIS SWEET STUFF, and STILL have time to get ready for work at my slow-paced leisure?

It’s divine.