WE HAVE IT EVERY DAY
I realize it’s become a little routine, getting going in the mornings as efficiently as possible, so I’m recording it to laugh at in the future.
Mind, this is me ALWAYS – and has little or nothing to do with the coronavirus.
It might amuse you.
There are many steps (beyond the obvious first one):
- Find brain – it’s in there somewhere
- Do anything that absolutely must be done before you even turn the computer on.
- Turn on the lamp in the corner from the switch by the door.
- Say my morning prayers – even though I rarely remember the promises I made.
- Turn the overhead light on from the control on desk I can reach from the bed.
- Move to the desk chair.
- Turn the big monitor on – and make sure the switch goes to blue (behind PostIt so it doesn’t affect my sleep by being too bright).
- Lift the lid to the Macbook. While waiting for the screens to come back,
- Reach for phone, and plug it into the charger (I don’t charge overnight because I need it for a clock in the middle of the night, and a flashlight)
- Critical: reach down and turn the power strip with the two bright green lights ON
- Now it’s okay to turn the desk lamp on (with a touch).
- Open the venetian blinds and the shade to let the light in.
- Pills: take morning ones, set the later ones out.
- Check the email.
The reason for waiting to do 11. until 10. is done is that I keep forgetting to do it – until my Macbook suddenly shuts itself off and goes blank.
And when I look, and the two green lights are NOT on, I realize I forgot – and the battery went to as close to zero as the Mac allows, and I DID IT AGAIN!
So I’ve linked them deliberately.
After that come the optionals:
- Diet Coke #1.
- Breakfast (but that can wait for hours if the brain is on and I want to try using it first).
- Water and ice for the HydroFlask tumbler I sip from all day long. Cold!
- Facebook, quick answers to anyone who seems to want one.
- The Washington Post, and The New York Times – quick scan.
- Load up a page of sudokus – hard – for when I block the internet.
- Check the calendar.
- Check the To Do list – maybe – not good with that; stuff gets done, but not in an organized manner. Occasionally, clean the list, remove stuff already done.
- Extra Vitamin C? Extra painkillers? Extra liquid B12?
- Checking if any books have sold on Amazon overnight, or the nice person who took it out of KU has read any more pages.
- Check The Passive Voice and Writer Unboxed; comment if I feel like it.
- Think whether it’s been long enough that I should consider watering the twin coffee plants and the flowery thing.
- Open the living room blinds that let me see out from my office past the living room, somewhere into the distance.
And finally, if I have any energy left at this point,
think about what I might need to accomplish today.
Think about adding an energy-draining shower to the list for today.
Including whether I both need and can afford to take a short trike ride for mental health and a tiny bit of exercise, like today – if so, try to remember the ritual associated with that now – from taking the cellphone and the locator bracelet for emergencies, and the keys, and the backpack, and water…
There you have it – boring as all get out, so I try to do it quickly, so I can go on to procrastinating from writing by thinking about writing.
Oh, and worry about the coronavirus, COVID-19,
and whether we’re still going to be safe, here in our total lockdown at the CCRC.
But that one goes without saying.
All this is so I can get to the real reason for getting out of bed:
- Working on the current/next scene in Pride’s Children NETHERWORLD.
Which is coming along very nicely.
Do you find yourself doing the same list of heuristics every morning in the same order and playing a game with yourself to see how fast you can get past it?
Oh, yes: plug in the power strip THEN turn on the power strip THEN push the computer’s ON button. Could have saved myself a lot of incredulous rage sparks if I’d made that a ritual sooner.
I’m also a creature of routine. I get up, read emails and news while drinking tea, have breakfast, and then take a shower and get dressed before I settle down to write or do other work.
Like others here, I’m glad you’re keeping up with your routines so you can write!
I can almost play a game with myself: how efficiently can I go through the steps?
The monitor has a time lag (it’s a big LCD TV), so I have things I do while it’s warming up.
The right order leaves the external hard drive on, which is where the backups go – I don’t want to have to check every time so I make sure the power strip button is last…
‘…Which is coming along very nicely…’ – very proud of you, I am. 🙂
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Thank you – that’s so encouraging. When you take as long as I do to get things the way you want them, that encouragement is gold.
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Um, yes, total creature of habit. I’ve meant to write about this topic several times, but I haven’t. I like that you sorta creep into your day slowly. I’m like that as well 🙂
Glad you’re getting writing going!
The writing is critical – and the reason for all those steps.
‘Creature of habit’ means you get back to functional in the most efficient way possible; you already know skipping steps will just slow you down in the long run.