Minimalist mornings

Not so long ago, my mornings used to look somewhat like this:

Get up and get dressed, go downstairs, pour myself of cup of tea, turn on the computer and check Facebook. Before I knew it, half the morning would be gone, and I’d still not done anything worthwhile.

My mornings look very different now, even though I only made a small change. I still get dressed as soon as my feet hit the floor. And when I enter the living room, the hubby is still usually there. He’ll have brewed us a nice pot of tea, and we’ll sit on the couch together, sipping our tea and chatting.

When he goes upstairs to get dressed, I pour myself another cup of tea, and sit down on the couch again. This is my Alone Time. Just for me. I’ll simply sit and enjoy the silence.

One of the cats might decide my lap is the best place in the entire world to have a nice long nap.

There’s no need to turn on the computer just yet. Facebook can wait. It’s done fine without me while I slept, and I’m sure it will continue to do fine for another couple of hours without my checking on its well-being.

After I finished my tea, I’ll go into the kitchen to unload the dishwasher, and have breakfast. Since I don’t really have much appetite this early in the day, I usually have a bowl of homemade yogurt. Apart from the cats, I’m most often still the only one downstairs. And I love it that way.

The peace and quiet won’t last. In fact, my working day starts right after breakfast. But my relaxed start of the day has given me the peace of mind I need to be able to do my job, and do it well.

And Facebook? There are plenty of days when I don’t even start up my computer until well into the afternoon. And that suits me just fine.


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4 Responses to Minimalist mornings

  1. Leah says:

    Good luck, Heather. I hope it works as well for you as it does for me.


  2. Heather says:

    I think that is what I'm going to try – turning it off in the evening and having a “must do before turning it on in the morning”. Thank you for sharing, definitely an inspiration!


  3. Leah says:

    Thank you for reading and leaving such a nice comment.
    The lure of the computer… that's a hard one, and to be quite honest, I don't really know what I did to conquer that. I was just so fed up with the dratted thing eating so much of my time when there was so much else I really wanted to do. So much else that I enjoyed way more than checking my Facebook account for the gazillionth time that day.
    So I just said to myself I wouldn't turn on the computer until after I'd finished my morning chores: unloading the dishwasher, starting a load of laundry, cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. Somehow, it seemed much easier to stay away from the computer once I was actively doing things, and then my mind was already busy thinking of what I would do next.


  4. Heather says:

    Intentional and mindful mornings is something that I am currently struggling with. The lure of the computer has been hard for me to get over.
    How did you change your habit to resist the urge of the computer?


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