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We Try It! Five Minutes in the Morning

I’m a semi-morning person in that I understand and appreciate that getting up a little earlier–early enough to take your time with your morning routine–makes the start of the day so much better. And yet I just like sleep so much. There are plenty of nights I head to bed not because I’m tired, or because I’m not enjoying what I’m doing, but just because I want that wonderful feeling of snuggling under the covers and turning out the light. (Yeah, I’m pretty much five.)

So in general this policy serves me well. I’m well-rested, I don’t hate mornings, and I have no regrets. But my reluctance to get out of bed sometimes condenses my morning routine so much that I miss out on my other great love: coffee.  After one too many wistful glances at my half-full coffee cup before rushing out the door, I decided to try taking five minutes every morning just to sit on my bed and enjoy my coffee. It doesn’t sound like a huge sacrifice, but considering the idea of five quiet minutes to do anything in the early morning usually just makes me think, “Why not just sleep an extra five minutes?”

I’m a coffee person, after all, and like my fellow java devotees, my enjoyment of the stuff is as much about the ritual as it is about the flavor (not to mention the caffeine kick). There’s something so soothing about mixing up the perfect amount of sugar and milk, and waiting until it’s cooled down just enough to enjoy. I figured that taking five whole minutes every day to really savor each sip–and not gulp it down in between putting on makeup, making lunch, and feeding the pets–would really make me happy.

So, want to know what happened? I completely failed to do it the first four days. Like I said, I don’t have a rushed morning routine per se, but it’s pretty tight. And I seem to have some subconscious reaction to needing to get up early that just makes me hit the snooze button even more. But after a few early setbacks, I managed to actually do it on a sunny Friday, and hit the pause button after putting my face on, but before making lunch.

Basically: best idea ever. I can’t vouch for what mornings are like for busy parents, but I hope there’s still a way to take a few minutes to yourself because it really does work wonders. Putting an empty coffee cup in the sink every day gives me a much bigger feeling of satisfaction than it probably should, but I’ll take a win wherever I can get it.

I think that’s what it comes down to. I don’t love my job, I absolutely hate my super-long commute, and with my busy schedule, I always feel like I’m giving something (or multiple things) the short shrift. Pouring that coffee down the drain in the mornings wasn’t so much about wasting the coffee, but it was just another compromise, another failure to take two freaking seconds to do something I wanted to do rather than what I had to do. Maybe because this “problem” was so small, I decided that it would be the one I would fix. And maybe that’s why my sense of accomplishment was so outsized.

It doesn’t have to be coffee, you know. Whatever it is you like to in the morning, take a little time out from all that boring, productive stuff, and enjoy it. Unless you’re very lucky, there’s probably a part of you that dreads the weekday slog, that rues the morning alarm, that feels that little tug as you rush out the door. Try taking just a few minutes to savor something nice before you head out into the real world, and see if it helps just a little bit.

11 replies on “We Try It! Five Minutes in the Morning”

I hate mornings, but I am RELIGIOUS about my morning routine (at least on work days.)  Get up, shower, pour a bowl of cereal and put hot water on for tea, and then sit on my couch and watch a Jeopardy episode on my DVR (around 20 minutes fast-forwarding through commercials and the interviews.)  Yes, I could sleep more, but I always feel better leaving for work after a slower morning and my Jeopardy fix.  Love it.


I just yesterday decided to try to meditate for a few minutes at the beginning of the work day. Meditating is too high faluting of a word, but just to sit in silence for 3-4 minutes. I did it yesterday, forgot today, but I’m going to try to do it for awhile. It’s supposed to be good for all sorts of things (focus, depression), but I will have to see. Also, I should buy a book so I know what I’m doing.

It’s not exactly the same thing, since I don’t have to wake up at any particular time in the morning, but I’ve recently started doing this when going to class. I’ve started getting there ten or fifteen minutes before class starts rather than rushing in at the last moment, and I feel so much more relaxed! My boyfriend tends to get to work/school early in order to relax a little before whatever obligation he has, and I think it’s rubbed off on me a bit. It’s so nice to be able to sit peacefully for a few minutes before class!

It’s so reassuring to hear you say you failed at the beginning. I tend to try and do those extra five minutes and fail and get so downhearted about it. I actually found it easier to do when I had a side job that I worked on before work. Now, I don’ t have anything (other than my sanity) to get up for. I need to value myself so much more.

It’s especially hard to do in the winter, when the bed is so nice and warm and cozy.

This is so true and necessary. I’m not a morning person, but my entire day goes to crap if I feel like I’m rushing to get out the door. I’ve managed to train myself to get up early so that I can take half an hour to eat breakfast and enjoy my tea and it makes life so much more pleasant. It took three months to actually create that habit, but now I don’t think I could ever go back.

Okay, so I work from home right now (I really have no right to be leaving this comment, I know), but I still find this article a really useful read. When I get up in the morning, I often grab a banana and coffee and go straight to my computer to start working. You’ve inspired me to take advantage of this “at-home” thing and sit down in my kitchen with my coffee and enjoy it for five minutes.

For me, that will still mean getting up earlier, but honestly, it’s not like I have to get up super early for a commute or anything. Thanks for the thoughtful We Try It!

Well said!

About a year ago, I started getting up before my husband and son so that I could have my coffee and knit for an hour before I had to be anyone’s mommy or wifey.  I can’t tell you what it’s done for my mental health.  Even if I end up knitting too long or getting too into the Rosie Show and have to rush through getting ready, it’s worth it to have 60 minutes of pure, unbridled selfishness.

I love this idea! Growing up, my mom did the same thing (she was naturally an early riser, anyway). By the time we came downstairs for breakfast and schoolwork (all five of us were homeschooled), she’d been up for an hour or two reading or clicking around on the computer.

Reading your comment, I’m thinking she took this time purposefully for herself.

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