How to Hack Your Morning
We’re pretty early risers here at Rocycle. Like, really early. But it’s no surprise we are, as we have classes starting as early as 6:00 AM. We basically have no choice. But just because we’re early birds now doesn’t mean we always have been or expect you to be.
Luckily, though, our chirpiest, earliest birds – our lovely managers – know how to make every morning brighter and every morning easier. Keep reading to find out how Morgan, Kendra and Niké take the morning by storm.
So, first things first. Are you a morning person?
Morgan: I am a cheerful morning person as soon as the clock hits 8:00 AM. Any time before that, I won’t be ecstatic to be out of my bed.
Kendra: I never used to be a morning person, until I started working for Rocycle. With all those early hours and the happy riders, I became a morning person.
Niké: Yesss, I would say I am. Well, actually, maybe I’m more of an all-day person because I like evenings too.
Sounds like we’ve got a bit of a mix here. Can you walk us through what the first few hours of your morning look like?
Kendra: I try to use as little time as possible before I have to go. I take a quick shower, get dressed and put on some makeup in about 20 minutes.
Niké: On work days, I wake up, get ready, get some coffee and breakfast and then go to work. Work always starts around 6:30 or 7:30, so they are always early wakeups.
Morgan: My first move after I get up is to throw on my slippers and take my puppy out for his first bathroom break of the day. When I get back inside, I start boiling water for the French press, and then I’ll make breakfast for Milo (my pup). I also almost always turn on The Big Bang Theory – not sure why, but the voices on that show kind of act as a de-stressor. I rarely watch because I’ve seen all of the episodes multiple times, but I still like to have it on in the background. Milo eats his breakfast in about 2.5 seconds, so by this time, anything I do I’ll be followed around the house by a puppy – coffee made, breakfast on the table – I try and take at least 30 more minutes before I look at my phone or engage with the world or work or answer messages from the previous day. After I respond to that first message or email, my day has officially started.
It’s all about having a routine, we guess. Alright, now it’s time we get to the good stuff. What are your best tips for making mornings easier?
Niké: I like to prepare my breakfast the day before (or at least think about what I want to eat) so I can look forward to that. I really like breakfast (and lunch, dinner and snacks), so I have no problem waking up when I know I am about to eat something tasty. Oh, or adopt a cat. My cats are really strict on timing when it comes to food, so they will wake me up at 6:00 AM every day so I can feed them.
Morgan: Mornings for me are always easier and more enjoyable the longer I go without looking at my phone. My job and lifestyle require me to always be engaged and social, so when I have time to disengage, I take it. Cuddles with Milo also help the morning start off in a positive way! ☺
Kendra: On my way to work, I always listen to music to lighten my mood. When I arrive at work, I start with a big cup of coffee.