Laptop on Kitchen Table with Cup of CoffeeI’ve always thought of myself as a spontaneous person. I love to travel, see and do new things, do a variety of tasks.  I don’t like the idea of doing the same ol’ boring thing all the time.  Even when I was in college and trying to picture myself in a career, I hated the idea of a job where I would perfect my skill at one thing and do it for years.

But this morning, as I stepped out of the shower, towel dried my hair, dabbed some Chapstick on my lips and used a Q-tip to dry my ears, I realized that I am, in many ways, a  creature of habit.  I have regimens, and if they are disturbed, I am a fearful person to behold.

A typical morning looks like this: roll out of bed, tug on sweats or shorts (depending on the season), stumble to the kitchen (avoiding stepping on three cats who could be lying in wait anywhere between the bedroom and kitchen).  Start coffee. Move onto office.  Start computer.  Return to kitchen, feed cats cat cookies (they have a regimen, too–maybe I learned it from them?), pour coffee.  Return to office.

Check the day’s weather forecast—which is laughable, because if I’m on deadline, I might not set foot out of the house.  But, if it’s a running day, it’s nice to know what time is best for a run.  Check my horoscope for today and tomorrow.  Yeah, I know it’s goofy, but it does help me be on the lookout for opportunities or threats that may happen during the day.  And I also check Polaris, which gives a general business astrology read for the day.  (Scroll down to lower left side bar.)  Okay, so far I’ve been up roughly 15 minutes.

Sip coffee.  Check book sales on various online retailer dashboards.  Record units and ranking. Close browser, open email. Cull through 10-100 emails, whatever has accumulated overnight.  I have scary filing systems, and I keep tabs on a lot of other writers.  Often, I end up working at the computer for an hour or two. Or, if it’s a running day, I go for a run. Then shower.  (Hmmm, brushing my teeth always happens somewhere in there, but apparently I’m flexible about that. )

MP900315500Wash and condition hair, scrub face (using an apricot scrub these days–love it!).  Afterward, there’s a whole regimen: chapstick, Q-tip, apply contact lenses, moisturize eye area, moisturize face, moisturize body (yeah, 3 different products there). Comb hair, seek necessary spots to pluck (I don’t want to discuss it, except to say I  have to do it more often now than when I was younger).  Makeup application is another specific regimen.  Add watch and rings, ready to get dressed.

For the most part, my regimen travels with me.  All my favorite toiletries and my laptop go on almost every trip I take.  I don’t like my start to the day to be interrupted. It leaves me feeling unsettled the rest of the day.

So, what about you—do you have any regimens?  Is coffee—or some other beverage a necessary start to your day? Or am I just neurotic?  Hmm, at least one of my fellow muses is bound to say that one does not necessarily preclude the other… 

About Amy Atwell

Amy Atwell is a storyteller at heart. After fifteen years in professional theater, she turned from the stage to the page to write contemporary capers and historical tales that combine romance and adventure. Her books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. When not writing, she runs the online author communities WritingGIAM and Author E.M.S.
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4 Responses to Regimens

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    My morning centers around my animals. It’s ridiculous what I do. First feed the dog, then give the cat a heaping teaspoon of canned cat food, then I give the dog 2 glucosamine chondroitin treats, then a low-dose aspirin in almond or peanut butter. (She’s not fussy; she likes both.) Then I give them both fresh water. There are still two more steps with them plus I take the dog in and out, then I take some vitamins.

    I also do sun salutation exercises and I like to meditate for 5 minutes. There’s more yet. lol I often don’t start working until after 8:80 or 9am.

    BTW, I use coconut oil instead of Chapstick. There are no chemicals in coconut oil, and it moisturizes the lips wonderfully. Tastes good too. 🙂

  2. I’m really flexible, next to you and Edie, LOL!

    I usually wake up, get into my walking gear, help the kids with breakfast, make coffee and then make their school lunches (don’t know why I hate that so much, but I really do). Then I walk them over to school, go on a 4 or 5 km power walk myself , home, shower, work.

  3. Lori says:

    That’s funny because I never thought I had a schedule either, but obviously I do too. I suppose everyone does. Mostly, mine is trying to avoid work! lol.

  4. Misty Evans says:

    My mornings are consumed with the dog and the kids. When hubs is home, he helps by making me coffee or a cappuccino. In the first hour I’m up, I’ve got the house picked up, laundry in the washer, the dog fed and let out, the kids to school, a shower and sometimes exercise all going. Once the kids are at school, I light my lavender oil burner, turn on my Buddha water fountain and get to my *real* work!

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