I’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. )
Wash 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…