A few months ago, I began to take notice of my morning routine. Specifically my waking up routine. Morning after morning, I observed myself reaching for my cell phone with one eye still closed and the other still bleary eyed. Check texts, check voicemail, check email. That was the pattern. It took all of 3-5 minutes and by the end of the cell phone check, I was somewhat awake and headed for the next phase of my morning.
It never dawned on me that this was good or bad, or the right or wrong way to wake up. It’s just what I naturally did. After reading many different articles and different blogs about cell phone culture, I realized maybe this is not so natural. A few of my favorite bloggers have been posting about this topic as well. Check out this great Rowdy Kittens Blog post on cell phones.
Maybe I am so over-stimulated by being constantly “plugged in” that reaching for my phone first thing in the morning was like a fix. Did I really need to check my email? Was there ever anything of dire importance that I had to be aware of first thing after waking up? The answer is no. Was I neglecting to wake my body up gently and sweetly? The answer is yes. I know for other people this may not be the case, but for right now in my life, there is no urgency to check my email before checking in on myself first.
What do we all think of this? Let’s get a discussion going, I am ever so curious! Maybe some people disagree and I would love to hear everyones’ thoughts and opinions.
My 7 day challenge is officially beginning tomorrow, Tuesday september 13th. Over the next 7 days I will observe and discover how it feels to not check my emails first thing in the morning. I will also see how long I can last without checking my email and see if maybe there are specific triggers that set off the urge to check in. This will all be done with no judgements on myself, there is no failure here! I simply want to learn how to set myself and everyone up to have the best day possible.
Are you in?