Taking Time to Plan my Morning Routine

I’ve read so many times that successful people begin their day by waking up earlier. “They” usually have some sort of morning routine or ritual that is followed, supposedly. Personally I enjoy taking my time in the morning. I don’t like to rush. I like to make the bed. And on and on. I'm also obsessed with reading about people's morning routines. It's like I think there is some magic plan that makes other people achieve on a higher level. 

Earlier this week I shared that I have been feeling a bit out of line with myself, so on Monday night I drank wine, watched OC Housewives and made a list of all of the things I want/need to do in the morning before I go to the office. I also went back and wrote down how long each task took to complete. This is legit the stuff I wrote down - 

Keep in mind this is not necessarily the order in which these things do or need to occur - I just wrote the shit down. I was pleased to see that I only NEED to get up a 6:30 to make all of these items happen in order to leave at 8. I’m trying to work out 3 times a week in the morning so I’m encouraged that I could wake up at 5:30, have a solid 45 min work out and still be able to leave at 8:00. 5:30 is early but not unthinkable. 

A few notes - 

    • I REALLY need to meditate more! I mediated on our flight back from Miami last week and OMG it made me feel so peaceful. I have an app called “Stop, Breathe & Think” that makes it easy for people like me to meditate. “dishes” includes cleaning off water bottles/wine glass from our bedside tables. 
    • I actually did wake up early on Tuesday and went to a Hot Pilates class. I am NOT, I repeat- am NOT a talker in the morning. I prefer to keep to myself before coffee is had. I sat in the back of the class next to an older gent with his shirt off & yoga pants on. Throughout the entire class he kept fist-bumping me and looking over at me. I’m sure he felt it was a way to “encourage the new-comer” but for the love of God I am not the fist-bumping type and I’m pretty self-motivated & a fast learner so while the class was my first, I had no problem keeping up or “learning the moves.” I also do not want to make eye contact or hear excessive "noises" whilst hip-thrusting and glute-squeezing. He probably thought I was a bitch because towards the end I was cringing to avoid eye contact. I’m not my best self before coffee and I don’t want to deal with others at 6:00 in the morning.

Do any of you have anything specific that you do in your morning routine? IF you meditate - how did you learn to do so? Did you read a specific book or do you use an app?